UPDATE: It’s OFFICIAL! The MLBPA released a tweet just minutes ago that reads, “All remaining issues have been resolved and players are reporting to training camps.” The last hurdle that needed to be climbed in order for Commissioner Rob Manfred to send the MLBPA a proposed schedule, were the health and safety protocols and operations manual for the 2020 season. As of this evening, all of those have been agreed upon.
All remaining issues have been resolved and Players are reporting to training camps.
— MLBPA Communications (@MLBPA_News) June 24, 2020
Following the MLBPA’s tweet, Major League Baseball and Commissioner Robert Manfred officially announced that the 2020 regular season which will begin on approximately June 23rd or 24th, just a month away from now. Players will be reporting to camps on July 1st. ESPN’s Jeff Passan shared the press release from Major League Baseball. Included in the release, commissioner Rob Manfred stated that the health and safety of players and employees will be MLB’s top priorities during its report to play. MLB is working with health exports and infectious disease specialists in order to safely play ball in July.
Opening Day: July 23 or 24
Season: 60 games
Location: Home ballparks
Health and safety: "MLB's foremost priorities" pic.twitter.com/PWOu9GolDh
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) June 24, 2020
The 2020 regular season schedule is slated to feature divisional and interleague play that will be according to geographical locations in order to limit travel for the safety & health of players. In a statement from Commissioner Rob Manfred, he stated, “Major League Baseball is thrilled to announce that the 2020 season is on the horizon. We have provided the Players Association with a schedule to play 60 games and are excited to provide our great fans with Baseball again soon.”
Most teams are expected to hold training camps and “spring training 2.0” at their home ballparks ahead of opening day 2020.
- Players divided into small groups and assigned times and areas of the complex.
- Larger group workouts, intrasquad games permitted
- Limited number of exhibition games
As part of the health & safety protocols, Cotilla mentioned that all employees will be subject to in-depth health screenings when they arrive at camp, including temperature/symptom checks twice per day, COVID tests every other day, antibody testing once a month, high-risk players can opt out. There will also be no pregame exchange of lineup cards, pitchers bring own rosin bags to the mound, and non-playing personnel will be wearing masks in dugouts/bullpens at all times.
As another addition to the 2020 season, should a game enter extra innings, the team at bat will begin with a runner on second. This rule was implemented in the 2019 MiLB season.
It’s an exciting evening for Major League Baseball! We will have baseball next Wednesday with players reporting to camps and we can all look forward to Opening Day coming July 23rd or 24th. And for Yankees fans, we can all look forward to Gerritt Cole’s elusive debut in pinstripes.
This story is continuing to be fluid. As soon as a schedule is released, we will be sure to bring you the most up to date news on Yankees Baseball & the 2020 New York Yankees season schedule.