The Major League Baseball season is coming back and opening day is a month away
Good news, baseball fans; Major League Baseball is coming back for the 2020 season and things are kicking off in less than a month.
The MLB Players' Association has agreed to an abbreviated, 60-game regular season that will begin on July 23 or 24 and end in late September.
Spring training camps are reportedly slated to begin July 1.
#MLBPA has informed #MLB players will report on July 1st for July 24 Opening Day. 60 Game season in 66 days. They are both still working on finalizing safety and health protocols which quite frankly will be something both parties will continue to improve on going forward.— Jim Bowden (@JimBowdenGM) June 23, 2020
The news comes after a month-long saga of negotiations more intense than the last season of Game of Thrones, in which multiple return-to-play proposals were rejected by both the league and the MLB Players Association.
Opening Day: July 23 or 24— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) June 24, 2020
Season: 60 games
Location: Home ballparks
Health and safety: "MLB's foremost priorities" pic.twitter.com/PWOu9GolDh
The latest version of MLB's plan includes a number of safety protocols, including requiring players to submit to twice-a-day temperature and symptom checks.
Under the proposed plan, non-playing personnel will also be required to wear masks in the dug-out at all times.
* No pregame exchange of lineup cards— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) June 23, 2020
* Social distancing encouraged on field
* Pitchers bring own rosin bag to mound
* Non-playing personnel wear masks in dugout/bullpen at all times
* Spitting prohibited, but chewing gum is allowed
* Fights are strictly prohibited
It's still unclear where exactly the Toronto Blue Jays will be playing their home games but it's likely to be somewhere south of the border.
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