A press release just hit the wires announcing that the 2020 MLB schedule release will be at 6 pm ET this evening.
They’re going to do it on TV, on a broadcast entitled “MLB Tonight: Schedule Release presented by Camping World” on MLB Network.
The one-hour special will “unveil key matchups and dates of the 60-game schedule,” so it’s not like you’ll know every game from watching the broadcast. Clubs will, presumably, release their full schedules after the show airs. Either way, the 2020 MLB schedule is set to begin on Thursday, July 23 with a couple of matchups and begin in full on Friday, July 24. Rumor has it that the Nats and Yankees will face off on the Thursday evening but beyond that we don’t know. If I had to guess, though, I’d guess that we’ll see a western division game — Dodgers-Astro? Dodgers-Giants? — as well.
As previously announced, each team will play a regionally-based schedule featuring 40 divisional games and 20 Interleague games against the corresponding geographical division. East vs. East, Central vs. Central, West vs. West.
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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