Major League Baseball is back! Spring Training 2.0 start one week from today July 1st with all 30 teams reporting to their home filed and not to their Spring Training facilities. Pitchers and catchers will report first followed by position players with opening day taking place on July 23rd or 24th according to MLB’s tweet.
— MLB (@MLB) June 24, 2020
There will be a few changes to the shorter season including:
- Teams opening the season with a 30 man roster which will reduce to 28 active players after two weeks and again reduced to 26 active players after four weeks.
- This years trade deadline will be Aug 31.
- To be eligible for the postseason, a player must be added to the Major League roster by Sept. 15th.
- During extra-innings games in the regular season, each half-inning will begin with a runner on second like they do in the Minor Leagues. This runner will be the batter who made the final out in the previous inning and or a pinch-runner for that batter.
- There will also be COVID-19 testing every other day. Non-playing personnel will wear masks in dugout and pullpen at all times. No spitting or chewing tobacco, no celebratory contact such as high-fives, fist bumps or hugs.
Additionally players will be paid a full prorated portion of their 2020 salary based on games played. On a side note this will also be the first time since 1877 that the MLB season was only 60 games according to Elias Sports Bureau.