Seems like it is all decided. Training camps will start July 1. Regular season July 23rd or 24th.
Teams will train at their home park, except for the Blue Jays, who apparently will train at Dunedin. They haven’t said where the Jays will play.
Each team will play 10 games against the other four teams in their division and 4 against the teams in the same division in the other league. They will only make one trip to each city. We will likely see the schedule soon.
And, after saying the NL wouldn’t use the DH, now they say the NL will use the DH. And extra innings will start with a running on second base.
Trade deadline is set at August 31. Deadline to be eligible to play in the playoffs will be September 15.
Rosters will be 30 players, for the first 2 weeks. 28 for the next two weeks and 26 after. In September the rosters will be 28 players. Teams will have a 60 man pool including a ‘taxi squad’ and they will travel with 3 extra players, one a catcher. IL team will be a minimum of 10 days, even for pitchers. And the 3-batter rule for relievers will be used.
Charlie Blackmon and 2 other Rockies have tested positive for COVID.
Keith Law points out what should be the obvious:
"These are conditioned athletes who have no greater risk from Covid than the flu."— keithlaw (@keithlaw) June 24, 2020
Stop it. Just stop with this. It's just not true. Some young people develop cytokine storms leading to ARDS-mediated death. Some have strokes. Some get long-term lung damage. So stop. https://t.co/RVqHU76kxe
It sounds like there will be a COVID IL that likely won’t have a minimum number of days to sit out. I’m hoping not too too many players end up using it.
I’m a baseball fan, so I’ll be happy to see the games, but, with the numbers the States are posting, I think playing is a bad idea.
Here is another new idea:
Here's a wrinkle I hadn't heard before:— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) June 23, 2020
MLB has been talking with Nashville about having 2 teams there of unsigned players, sources say.
They would serve as an emergency pool and would make $400/week.
MLB teams would have to pay a fee to Nashville to sign one of those players.
It is looking unlikely they will play in Toronto: