Jeff Passan breaks down the MLB’s guidelines for the 2020 season | SC with SVP

Major League Baseball announced on Tuesday that they will be back for yet another baseball season, but with some changes in store.


How The Season Will Go Down 

The league put out a statement to CBS News, saying:

"The health and safety of players and employees will remain MLB's foremost priorities in its return to play. MLB is working with a variety of public health experts, infectious disease specialists and technology providers on a comprehensive approach that aims to facilitate a safe return. MLB has submitted a 60-game regular season schedule for review by the Players Association. The proposed schedule will largely feature divisional play, with the remaining portion of each Club's games against their opposite league's corresponding geographical division (i.e., East vs. East, Central vs. Central and West vs. West), in order to mitigate travel. The vast majority of Major League Clubs are expected to conduct training at the ballparks in their primary home cities. Major League Baseball is thrilled to announce that the 2020 season is on the horizon. We have provided the Players Association with a schedule to play 60 games and are excited to provide our great fans with Baseball again soon."

Take Us Out To The Crowd (Not Really)!

A statement provided to TMZ by MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said:

"Major League Baseball is thrilled to announce that the 2020 season is on the horizon. We have provided the Players Association with a schedule to play 60 games and are excited to provide our great fans with Baseball again soon."

According to Forbes, the 60-game regular-season schedule is currently being reviewed by the MLB Players Association. The proposed schedule will see 40 games played against division rivals, with the remaining portion of each club's games against their opposite league's corresponding geographical division (i.e., AL East vs. NL East, AL Central vs. NL Central and AL West vs. NL West), in order to mitigate travel. The vast majority of clubs are expected to conduct training at the ballparks in their primary home cities.

Forbes also revealed that for the regular season and postseason, the league has the right to move games to site-neutral locations based on feedback from health and infectious experts, should a COVID-19 outbreak necessitate it.

With the joy that should be coming out of having another baseball season, some players are not happy with the way that the situation is being handled. Cincinnati Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer tweeted:

"It's absolute death for this industry to keep acting as it has been. Both sides. We're driving the bus straight off a cliff. How is this good for anyone involved? Covid 19 already presented a lose-lose-lose situation and we've somehow found a way to make it worse. Incredible.''

However, the union representing the MLB has good faith in starting the season, saying in a statement to FOX 8:

"The board reaffirmed the players' eagerness to return to work as soon and as safely as possible. To that end we anticipate finalizing a comprehensive set of health and safety protocols with Major League Baseball in the coming days, and we await word from the league on the resumption of spring training camps and a proposed 2020 schedule."

It might be different from what we're used to, but we're excited to have MLB back!

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