The MLB and MLBPA have finally agreed to terms on the 2020 season and here’s everything you need to know.
We can confidently say baseball is back, and just about everything we need to know has been reported over the last 16 hours or so. New York Yankees fans, it’s time to get amped for the chase for No. 28! It won’t be easy during a 60-game campaign, but if this team is healthy, the Bombers have as good a chance as anybody.
So what else do we need to know about the start of the season? Spring Training starts on July 3; the season will begin on July 23 or 24 and end on Sept. 27; 60 games will be played in 66 days; we already talked about the dumb extra-innings rule on Tuesday; the DH will be in both leagues; and the usual “rival” interleague matchups will take place.
Don’t worry, Yankees fans, you’ll be able to crush the Mets in 2020.
And there’s much more new info. Let’s get to it!
Perhaps the biggest news of all is that there’s a trade deadline. It will be Aug. 31, which is barely over a month into the season, and less than a month before it ends. This is easily the most puzzling decision of all considering it’ll be nearly impossible for players to be properly valued with around 35 games under their belt. Not only that, but is it really smart to have more and more players changing teams and traveling while the league is trying to minimize health concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic?
Let’s not worry about that right now, though. There’s more pertinent info to focus on.
There’s all you need to know about the rosters, and here are some more specifics:
And we’re expected to see more action this weekend. Teams can start making moves (signings trades, etc.) this Friday at noon and each team’s 60-man player pool must be finalized by Sunday at 3 p.m. ET. In case you didn’t know what a “taxi squad” was, it’s a group of players that each team can sign, but they’re not allowed to be part of the roster.
And there’s still hope for some unsigned players!
What’s even cooler is that Major League Baseball is considering have two teams of unsigned players in Nashville, which would serve as an “emergency pool.” These guys won’t be making a lot, but it’ll at least be something.
As for the health and safety protocols, here’s what we know so far:
The bad news? If players have high-risk family members, they cannot opt out with pay.
We’ve yet to see anyone opt out yet, but we’re sure we’ll hear something on that front relatively soon. In the case of Gerrit Cole, whose wife, Amy, is pregnant, he’ll be able to be with her when their child is born.
And lastly, there will be NO SPITTING! Enjoy enforcing that one, MLB!
Here’s to a shortened, spit-less, wet rag-filled 2020 MLB season.