As we know, sports have taken a major standstill since the Coronavirus pandemic this late winter. With states working on opening back up, the Major League Baseball Player’s Association has been in talks with the league about a shortened season for weeks. There has been major news revolving around the MLB season in the past few days. It seems the MLBPA has come to an agreement to a 60-game 2020 MLB season beginning on July 24th. The two sides are still discussing the measures that will be taken to ensure the safety and well-being of the players and all involved, but it looks like baseball will be played this year.
The number of games is not the only change to baseball that fans will be seeing this year. The MLB has implemented a number of changes to the game itself this 2020 season. The MLB has begun the rule of a runner starting on second base during extra innings. This has been in talks previous to the pandemic, as one of commissioner Robert Manfred’s attempts to speed up the pace of play for baseball. Another in-game tweak being imposed this year is a universal DH, which means we won’t be seeing any pitchers come up to the plate, this year at least. As these changes are not permanent at the moment, the future of the game is inevitably going to be affected by this year’s events.
Ball clubs are also faced with new roster rules this year. Prior to this 60-game season announcement, past seasons have begun with 26 man rosters, until roster expansions in late August. Active rosters will begin this season at 30 players, then will drop to 28 after two weeks, and to 26 four weeks into the season.
Due to these unprecedented changes to the MLB, it will surely be interesting to see how the season unfolds. Fans can look forward to seeing their favorite teams this year from home, obviously, as the league takes the safety of their players, employees, and fans as their number one priority.