MLB News: Update for 7/2/20
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Daily MLB News for July 2, 2020
MLB News and Updates
Here’s your daily roundup of all the current MLB news that’s affecting the planned 2020 season. Today we’re taking a closer look at summer training and visiting with a few players from around the league. Let’s get right to it with the latest MLB updates. Check back all season long for free MLB picks and MLB predictions at Sports Chat Place.
MLB Workout Notes - Tomorrow marks the beginning of “summer training” for the MLB, as teams will gather in their home ballparks prepare for the upcoming season. Let’s take a look at a few aspects of the workouts so we can get an idea of what the players will be up to during these training activities. Everyone on the team will have to be tested for coronavirus symptoms every other day before being allowed to participate.
Teams will likely try to keep the situations as normal as possible, so we shouldn’t see too many differences in the actual group practices. (By its nature, baseball is a pretty darn good “social distancing” sport already.) That said, since teams only have the one diamond to use in their home ballparks, we’ll be seeing some staggered practice activities across the league. We’ll get intrasquad scrimmages in place of spring games until the end of summer camp. At that point teams can play up to three exhibition games—either against a regional opponent or the team they will face in the season’s opening series. In the meantime it’s sure to be a pretty fluid setup, so we’ll keep you updated on any major issues.
MLB 2020 Rules Changes - Since the announcement of the season, we’ve touched on a few of the different rules that will be in place. There are a couple of pretty major changes in store, so let’s dig deeper into a few of those.
The big rule change for the National League this year is the addition of the designated hitter. This is an effort to keep pitchers healthy and on the roster, and though it certainly irks purists it’s probably the right call—at least for this year. Pitchers will have another interesting rule addition in 2020, as they’ll have to face a minimum of three batters or end an inning as relievers.
Outside of that, there’s just one other really major change in 2020 from a game rules standpoint. In extra innings, teams will begin with runners on second base. Those players will either be pinch runners or the players in the batting orders one slot before the leadoff hitters of each half-inning. It’s going to look really weird, and rest assured many games will be decided because of it. If that’s what it takes to get baseball this year however, I’d say most people are on board.
“Field of Dreams” Game - One other quick note for today. The MLB had originally planned a Yankees-White Sox matchup at the “Field of Dreams” set in Iowa this year on August 13. That event is still scheduled to proceed as of now, but if it happens we will likely see a major change.
Considering MLB teams are only allowed to play divisional opponents this year, it’s doubtful the Yankees would be able to make that trip and stay in line with health/safety protocols. A possible solution? The St. Louis Cardinals are under consideration as a replacement.
Nothing is set in stone yet of course, but if the league can pull this game off it’ll be must-watch television for a generation of baseball fans. Fingers crossed.