MLB Return Plan
The MLB is set to begin the 2020 season on Thursday, July 23rd. Despite being the last sport to agree on terms and conditions to safely return, they’ll be the first of the big four sports to field a game while the NBA and NHL are not too far behind. This piece will serve as your guide to how we got here, how the MLB is coming back safely and all the ins and outs on how they’ll proceed.
On March 23rd, MLB announced that all remaining Spring Training games were officially canceled as well as delaying the beginning of the 2020 season by at least two weeks. Originally, Opening Day, which was starting early, was scheduled for March 26th. This was following some of the other major sports, as the NBA, NHL and Major League Soccer, who had already been in the midst of their respective seasons, had suspended operations. The NBA was the first domino to fall amongst all the sports on March 11, when Utah Jazz center Ruby Gobert tested positive for COVID-19, which lead to NBA to suspend the season immediately even when games were in progress at the time.
The uncertainty of the MLB playing a game in the 2020 season drew out all the way until early July, Commissioner Rob Manfred confirmed that “Major League Baseball is thrilled to announce that the 2020 season is on the horizon.”