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2020 MLB Draft: Date, Time, TV Channel, Draft Order, How to Watch

2020 MLB Draft: Date, Time, TV Channel, Draft Order, How to Watch

The 2020 MLB Draft will take place on June 10 and 11. Yet, this draft will be like none other for both the league and the prospects. 

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the event will be virtual just like others before it this year. However, the more impactful change is the length of the draft. Major League Baseball has decided to cut down the 2020 MLB Draft from 40 rounds to just five. In that move, hundreds of players will lose the opportunity to head to the pros in 2020.

In order to counteract the move, MLB has passed a measure that teams can sign an unlimited amount of players following the 2020 MLB Draft for up to $20,000. Even with that, this draft will not be like any before it in recent years.

Still, despite the lack of rounds, teams will have a chance to build for their future. That included the Baltimore Orioles, who once again own one of the top picks. A year after taking Adley Rutschman No. 1 overall, the Orioles will select second overall in 2020. With that pick, there will be plenty of players who can shape the franchise for years to come.

The first 37 picks of the 2020 MLB Draft (first round and Competitive Balance Round A) will take place on Wednesday, June 10, while the remainder of the 160 picks will take place on Thursday, June 11. The draft will be broadcasted on MLB Network and ESPN platforms. 

The Detroit Tigers will lead off the first round, which will only contain 29 picks after the Houston Astros forfeited their first round pick due to the sign-stealing scandal. 

Here's everything you need to know about the 2020 MLB Draft:

2020 MLB DRAFT: HOW TO WATCH

What: 2020 Major League Baseball Draft

When: Day 1: Wednesday, June 10 at 7 p.m. ET, Day 2: Thursday, June 11, 5 p.m. ET

Where: The 2020 MLB Draft will be in a virtual environment due to the coronavirus pandemic

Broadcast: The 2020 MLB Draft can be viewed on MLB Network and ESPN on Day 1 and MLB Network and ESPN on Day 2.

2020 MLB DRAFT FIRST ROUND DRAFT ORDER

*Picks 30-37 are Competitive Balance Round A picks*

  1. Detroit Tigers
  2. Baltimore Orioles
  3. Miami Marlins
  4. Kansas City Royals
  5. Toronto Blue Jays
  6. Seattle Mariners
  7. Pittsburgh Pirates
  8. San Diego Padres
  9. Colorado Rockies
  10. Los Angeles Angels
  11. Chicago White Sox
  12. Cincinnati Reds
  13. San Francisco Giants
  14. Texas Rangers
  15. Philadelphia Phillies
  16. Chicago Cubs
  17. Boston Red Sox
  18. Arizona Diamondbacks
  19. New York Mets
  20. Milwaukee Brewers
  21. St. Louis Cardinals
  22. Washington Nationals
  23. Cleveland Indians
  24. Tampa Bay Rays
  25. Atlanta Braves
  26. Oakland Athletics
  27. Minnesota Twins
  28. New York Yankees
  29. Los Angeles Dodgers
  30. Baltimore Orioles
  31. Pittsburgh Pirates
  32. Kansas City Royals
  33. Arizona Diamondbacks
  34. San Diego Padres
  35. Colorado Rockies
  36. Cleveland Indians
  37. Tampa Bay Rays

 

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Patrick Ewing and Mark Turgeon release statements following George Floyd's death

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Patrick Ewing and Mark Turgeon release statements following George Floyd's death

Georgetown's men's basketball coach Patrick Ewing and Maryland's men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon released statements following the death of George Floyd on Monday. 

Floyd, a black man, died after Minneapolis Police Department officer Derek Chauvin kept his knee on Floyd's neck for several minutes. His death has sparked civil unrest across the country.


We have a responsibility and a platform to speak out against racism and injustice.

We will not be silent. We will not ignore senseless violence and brutality. We will be a part of the solution.

We stand with those mourning the death of George Floyd and countless others who have senselessly lost their lives in tragic acts of racial injustice. It's time for our voices to be heard.


As I have discussed the horrific death of George Floyd the last few days privately with both my team and family, I have come to understand that as a leader of black young men it is imperative to extend the reach of my voice.

In the words of human rights activist Desmond Tutu, 'If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.'

Discussing the matter with my team and family is not enough. It can't be enough.

The recent senseless deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and countless others has sickened me to my core. I want to express my condolences to all affected.

We are all in this together and we must work to rid our country of injustices and racism. It will take real work. It starts with never forgetting these moments. It also means committing ourselves to further education in racism and social injustice.

Over the coming days and weeks our team will read 'Why We Can't Wait' by Martin Luther King Jr. and discuss each chapter to better understand systematic racism and what we can do to fix it. We will hold each other accountable in developing meaningful next steps.

This is an unbelievably challenging time in our country in so many ways. We should support all communities that have been impacted by these tragedies, including those impacted by social injustices and also the men and women of law enforcement who do serve their communities with honor and respect. We must stand together and unite now more than ever.

The two coaches are a part of many members of the sports community that have made statement's on Floyd's death and the ensuing protests. A group including LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Bradley Beal and Richard Sherman have spoken out on social media.

Chauvin and the three other officers involved in the incident were fired. Chauvin was later arrested and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. 

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MLBPA proposes 114-game season that would start on June 30, according to report

MLBPA proposes 114-game season that would start on June 30, according to report

The Major League Baseball Players Association delivered a proposal to MLB on Sunday to play a 114-game season that would start on June 30, ESPN's Jeff Passan reported on Sunday.

The proposal comes after weeks of a strained back-and-forth between the union and team owners over potential salary cuts and protections for players as the two sides look to negotiate a late start to the 2020 season. Many - including NBC Sports Washington's Todd Dybas - have pointed to a time crunch to get a plan in place to start the season.

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According to Passan, the latest proposal includes the right to opt out of the season for all players and a deferral of salaries if the 2020 postseason was canceled.

A sticking point in a proposal that leaked last week from the owners suggested that players take a tiered pay cut, which predictably angered players.

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