Baseball is coming back: Dates, locations and how to watch MLB’s return
afterPostponing the start of the baseball season, and shutting down almost everything, baseball is finally set to return with a mandatory 60 game season by Commissioner Rob Manfred. Negotiations between the league and the MLB Players Association have not been very scenic, with weeks of proposals unfolding in the media without an offer before an offer was reached at the end of a week. Even now, a handful of players, including Nationals’ Ryan Zimmerman, have announced that they are sitting out of the short session and may be more.
There is still a lot to be sorted before the first pitches are thrown, but here we know everything that starts with MLB’s eagerness so far.
When does the season start?
The regular season will start from 23 or 24 July. The New York Post has reported that the Yankees going into the defending champion Nationals on July 23 will be a potential prime time game.
When is spring training?
Players are expected to report to spring training by July 1 and teams will be allowed to “invite players to the big league camp that only those players are eligible to play during the season,” MLB.com accordingly. The active roster will start at 28 players after two weeks and 30 players before dropping to 26 players after four weeks.
With the recent increase in cases of traditional spring training venues in Florida and Arizona, teams will in turn prepare for the season at their home ballpark.
Where will the games be played?
Spring training and the regular season are scheduled to take place in each of the 30 teams home cities, with the possible exception being the Toronto Blue Jays, the only MLB team based outside the US. It is currently unclear whether the Blue Jays will be able to play 30 of their home games in Canada or if they will need to move for the season, although a recent report from the Toronto Sun suggests that the Jays will be able to play the game in their home park .
All games, regardless of the city, are scheduled to be played without fans.
Which teams will play each other?
To keep the journey down, teams will play in their closest geographies, so expect to play mainly in-division with in-division only limited to divisions of opposite leagues (AL East vs. NL East, AL Central Vs NL Central, AL West vs NL West).
Therefore, the Citizens as a CBS game, for example, will only play against rival NL former teams with interleague games playing against a total of 95 teams. This means that we won’t have a potentially Yankee-bound crisis-ridden Houston Astro until the post office, but those who are ‘looking’ for litter, to fuss something up their game against the Dodgers in a 2017 remake Can see the series.
Are there shifts in extra shifts?
To ensure that the game does not last too long, the extra play will start with a runner in second place for the batting team according to Bob Nightengale of the United States. It will continue every half-baked effort until there is a winner.
Does NL have a DH?
The pitch’s location in the batting order will become a designated hitter, with the MLB adopting a universal DH for the 2020 season.
What about extended playoffs?
While the expansion was talked about, the playoffs will remain on 10 teams for the 2020 season.
Who is not playing
Many players have already stated that they will not play in the short season. Here are some current players who have announced that they will be sitting out:
- Mike Leake (Arizona Diamondbacks)
- Joe Ross (Washington National)
- Ian Desmond (Colorado Rockies)
- Ryan Zimmerman (Washington National)
How can I watch the 2020 MLB season on TV?
The exact details of how to watch the games have not yet been released, although it is possible that you will be able to watch your local regional sports networks such as the local Fox Sports Channel, Yes Network (New York Yankees), NESN (Boston) . Red Sox) or Sportsnet LA (Los Angeles Dodgers).
Regular MLB broadcasters such as Fox, Fox Sports 1, TBS and ESPN will also be involved. The details, however, are still unknown and it is unclear whether the game can be broadcast on the MLB network or streamed on MLB.TV, MLB’s paid streaming service.
Many of the national baseball channels are offered on five of the major live TV streaming services, although you might want to see if your regional sports network is offered.
To get all the National Baseball channels you will need the Slings Blue / Orange package to get the MLB Network which runs $ 45 per month and Sports Extra $ 10 extra per month.
Read our Sling TV review.
YouTube TV costs $ 50 per month and includes all major national baseball channels. Depending on your team and region, you may also have your own regional sports network.
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Hulu with live TV is priced at $ 55 per month and includes most major national baseball channels including ESPN, Fox and TBS. Although some regions may be able to obtain regional sports networks, the service does not have an MLB network.
Read our Hulu with a live TV review.
AT & T TV Now’s original $ 55-a-month package includes ESPN, Fox, FS1 and TBS, but you need to choose the $ 80-per-month maximum package for regional sports channels and possibly the $ 110-per-month Choice Package will be required if you also want MLB network.
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FuboTV includes Fox, ESPN, FS1 and TBS with its $ 55 per month standard plan, as well as some local regional sports networks, although those seeking MLB networks will need to look elsewhere. Note: ESPN is not currently offered, but it will be available at some point this summer.
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