Major League Baseball is one step closer to coming back!
After the MLB and the MLB Players Association (MLBPA) agreed to a 60-game season in late June, the framework led to Monday’s schedule announcement.
The reigning World Series champion Nationals will host the New York Yankees on July 23 to kick off MLB’s mid-pandemic shortened 2020 season that will be held over 67 days.
Players have already reported for "spring" training on July 1.
For the Seattle Mariners, they’ll begin play on July 24th against the Houston Astros.
Seattle will play 40 games in their division, the AL West, and 20 games vs. the NL West. The Mariners regular season is expected to conclude on September 27th.
Here are other things to know about the 2020 MLB season.
- Roster— Teams will begin with a 30 man roster for the first two weeks of the season. It will be paired down to 28 players for the next two weeks, and then 26 players for the remaining of the season. Players not invited to participate for the remainder of the season will still be paid.
- Universal DH— The MLB institute a universal DH, meaning pitchers will no longer be hitters. A designated runner will be placed on second base at the start of every half-inning during extra innings.
- Pitching in— Pitchers must face a minimum of three batters, unless an injury occurs. This will speed up the game and will add more strategy. There are also no rules or restrictions on position players pitching in 2020.
- Trade deadline in August— It’s not a long season, but still one of the best parts of the season will happen. Instead of falling on July 31, the trade deadline will occur a month later on August 31, the theoretical midpoint of the season.
- Inactive list COVID-19 edition— The MLB will have a COVID-19-specific inactive list that players will be placed on if and when they test positive or show symptoms. There will be no set amount of time for the player to sit out, unlike the injured list, which requires hitters to miss at least 10 days.