After lots of negotiations, back and forth drama and plenty of pessimism, we have a baseball season put into place! The MLBPA announced last night that all remaining issues have been resolved and they are ready to play the 2020 season.
MLB released a statement last night as well, saying that the 2020 season is scheduled to begin on either July 23 or 24, with "Spring Training" beginning on July 1.
The league's statement says that the "health and safety of players and employees will remain MLB's foremost priorities in its return to play." There are a lot of details regarding the league's health and safety protocols, including players having the ability to opt out if they do not feel safe playing this season.
Those protocols will have to be robust throughout the season, as multiple players have already tested positive for COVID-19, including Rockies' outfielder Charlie Blackmon.
While the risk of the virus is still very real and worrisome to some, it's good to see baseball finally put together a plan to return with an actual start date on the calendar. Now we've all got one month to get ready, and then it's time to play ball.
Matthew Atkins, Journalist and Baseball fan.