MLB has agreed to return and adhere to the Players Association Commissioner Rob Manfred’s guidance for the 2020 60-game season, set to begin with an out of the ordinary “Spring Training” schedule beginning July 1st. The actual season will start between July 23rd and 24th, with some tight restrictions and new guidelines for the safety of all staff and players. MLB has been working vigorously with health and safety experts, which include infectious disease and technology professionals, to ensure there is a solid plan to keep everyone safe. The new proposal outlines divisional games by region to reduce the risk of team travel, meaning East, Central and West will play against teams in their respective regions. Most teams are set to train at their home stadiums. Players and personnel must also test negative for COVID-19 before being allowed to return. It’s undetermined at present what percentage, if any, of fans will be allowed into the stadiums during the games.
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