Baseball Is Back For A 60-Game Race To The Finish

As the United States deals with its fourth month of Covid-19 ravaging the nation, from both a health and economic standpoint, its incredibly hard to believe that during the winter months of February and March, preparation for the 2020 baseball season was in full swing. From mid February through mid March, all 30 clubs conducted spring training in Florida and Arizona, with the belief that a full 162-game schedule would take place and the World Series champion Washington Nationals would get the opportunity to defend their crown.

Suffice it to say, a whole lot has changed since then.

After months of contentious negotiation, MLB owners and the players association finally came to an agreement on a 60-game schedule, which will involve teams playing games in their own home ballparks, with no fans in attendance and only against teams within one’s division, along with the equivalent geographical division from the other league.

With the above scenario in mind, franchises are currently conducting a second “spring training” inside their home stadiums, with the intention of kicking off the regular season schedule during the last few days of July. The official start of the season will involve nationally televised broadcasts of the world champion Nationals hosting the New York Yankees, followed by the Los Angeles Dodgers playing host to their archrival San Francisco Giants.

Opening MLB spreads for July 23rd are now available for fans of the grand old game, as three of the four opening day squads come into the truncated season with a great chance to win the whole thing, come October.

The Nationals are of course the returning champs, with the Yankees adding superstar pitcher Gerrit Cole to an already stacked roster, while the Dodgers did the very same, thanks to the addition of 2018 American League MVP Mookie Betts.

It may have taken a while, and it will certainly be weird to see games played amid empty ballparks, but baseball is back. Despite the weirdness of the 2020 season, sports fans will likely be thrilled for the opportunity to finally watch the best players in the world provide some much needed distraction from all the trials and tribulations taking place around us.