After months of back-and-forth tumultuous meetings, baseball is back. It’s been a bumpy road for the league to reach this point, but after numerous proposals and votes, baseball will return in late July. Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association came to an agreement on June 23 that the 2020 season will happen this year with a 60-game season.
Among other contingencies for the season was the designated hitter to be implemented in the National League, a runner on second base to start all extra innings and adequate testing for the novel coronavirus. The season is expected to start either July 23 or July 24.
The agreement comes two weeks after players told the league office to tell them ‘when and where’ to show up to commence the season and a week after commissioner Rob Manfred said he ‘wasn’t 100 per cent sure that a season would happen in 2020.’
Teams will play 40 games within their division and the other 20 against the nearest geographical American League opponents. A trade deadline will still be in place, although less than half a regular season will be played. Instead of the traditional July 31 deadline, the new date will be August 30.
The season will end Sept. 27 for the postseason to start Oct. 1. In an unprecedented time, it’s great to say: Welcome back, baseball.