On Saturday, Joel Sherman and Andrew Marchan reported for the New York Post that Opening Day of the 2020 MLB regular season could feature Nationals ace Max Scherzer against new Yankees ace Gerrit Cole in Washington, D.C. Nothing has been finalized yet, however. Sherman and Marchand note that MLB doesn’t plan to have its schedule finalized for another week or two.
MLB’s schedule is a heck of a balancing act and is even more so considering the pandemic. Florida, Texas, and Arizona are among the many states that have seen a surge in new COVID-19 cases. MLB must also factor in potential relocation if some states become too dangerous to play in.
The 2020 regular season will be 60 games, including 40 intra-division games and 20 regional interleague games for each team. There have been many rule changes along with the makeshift season. Craig went over them last week here. Players will report to “spring” training in their home cities on Wednesday, July 1. The regular season is expected to begin on July 23.
A doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers this week is being postponed to allow more time for additional COVID-19 testing.
MLB opted to postpone Thursday’s doubleheader to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More details about the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later this week.
The Cardinals had a series against Pittsburgh set to start on Monday postponed after a weekend series against the Cubs was scrapped due to three positive coronavirus tests.
St. Louis had two more players and a staff member test positive for the virus on Friday and have had eight positive players overall, including star catcher Yadier Molina.
There have now been 29 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 15 games scrapped.
Miami and Philadelphia each had seven games postponed earlier and have returned to the field since the disruptions.
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