Okay, so, by now you probably know that we’ve got a baseball to look forward to this summer. After months of bickering and infuriating labor war hurdles, a MLB season has been imposed and it’s scheduled to begin in less than a month.
We know that the shortened 2020 campaign will include 60 regular season games before a traditional playoff bracket, but what will that schedule actually look like? We may not have a specific schedule to reference just yet (that should be coming later this week) but we do have a framework that helps illustrate what we can expect.
Matt Snyder is one of our trusted baseball gems and he’ll help break down what we know about the 2020 season schedule at this point:
  • Regions: In an effort to limit travel and exposure to coronavirus, all teams will play a regionally based schedule this year. That means that teams in the East region (AL East & NL East) will only play each other, and same goes for the Central and West regions. It means each team won’t face a number of clubs that they see every year, but they’ll also be able to get a little more familiar with interleague opponents
  • Emphasis on division: The schedule will not be balanced, as the majority of the 60 games played will come against a team’s divisional opponents. Each team will play 10 games apiece against the other clubs in their division (total of 40 games) while the remaining 20 games will be split among the opponents from the other league/division
  • Playoffs: It will be a “normal” playoff format this year. There will be three division winners per league along with two wild cards, who will play a one-game playoff for the right to face the top division winner. The first round will be best-of-five while the league championship series rounds and World Series are best-of-seven
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Maybe you still haven’t totally decided whether you’re going to care about this baseball season or take it seriously, but one thing is for sure: This year’s schedule is going to be unlike anything we’ve seen before, so that’s somewhat exciting.
And I hate to keep bringing it up but it’s the ugly truth: There’s a chance this could all be a wash if things don’t improve when it comes to the pandemic and public safety. The league has outlined some of the plans and protocols it will employ in an effort to limit exposure and our Mike Axisa has done a great job recapping those safety measures right here. Here’s a list of interesting new on-field and ballpark guidelines, some of which may be difficult to enforce:
  • No bat/ball boys or girls
  • Pitchers will have their own personal rosin bag and they won’t be allowed to lick their fingers. Instead, they can keep a wet rag in their pocket
  • Hitters will have their own personal pine tar rag, bat weight, and other hitting equipment
  • Players have to retrieve their own cap and glove at the end of an inning if they’re on base. A teammate can’t bring it to them
  • Baseballs used during batting practice must be disinfected and taken out of circulation for at least five days
  • No spitting and no chewing tobacco. Chewing gum is allowed
  • High fives, fist bumps, and hugs are prohibited. Fighting will be met with “severe discipline”
  • The only contact allowed on the field is tags plays and other incidental contact that occurs during normal play
  • Non-playing personnel must wear masks in the dugout
  • Showering at the ballpark is “discouraged.” Even then, only players, coaches, and clubhouse staff can shower at the park
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Players having to go get their own hat and glove in the dugout after an inning? Oh the HORROR!

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