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When Is Opening Day? When the MLB Season Will Start in 2020

April 03, 2020 by Stephen Spiewak

When Will the MLB Start Again?

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Before the entire world became gripped by coronavirus (COVID-19), the 2020 MLB Opening Day was set for March 26, 2020, with the traditional Monday Opening Day of March 30.

Now, of course, when the MLB season will actually start remains unknown.

Whenever the MLB season comes back, we may see fundamental changes to this season in order to accommodate the unprecedented 2020 schedule.

For example, the AP reported that the schedule could be compressed, to fit more games into a shorter time frame. As a result, teams may be allowed to carry more players, especially pitchers.

When Will the MLB Season Start?

(UPDATED 4/7/2020)

The latest news, courtesy of ESPN's Jeff Passan, is a plan to begin the baseball season in May in Arizona. The plan reportedly suggests that all teams will head to Arizona and begin the season, without fans, at ballparks across the greater Phoenix area.

Whenever the 2020 MLB season comes back, games could take place at neutral sites. Yankees pitcher Zach Britton said in an interview with Sirius XM that the MLB is exploring four or five neutral sites to host most games when the season resumes.

That will be helpful, because in some places, there are government restrictions in place for public gatherings. Toronto, for example, has canceled city-held and permitted events through June 30.

A post-June 30 MLB Opening Day timeline would mesh with what Matt Spiegel of Chicago's 670 the Score reported.

Spiegel said that there are talks to have the 2020 MLB season start with an Opening Day of July 1, with teams playing a truncated 100-game schedule and the World Series taking place in Los Angeles.

Whenever the season starts, it will almost certainly look and feel different.

The first initial games will be played without fans. There’s also speculation that having players wear masks on the field could hasten baseball’s return. Another possibility is the notion of seven-inning doubleheaders, which could help the MLB achieve a full season.

Traditional doubleheaders have been extremely rare in modern baseball, though day-night doubleheaders happen with some regularity when rainouts force postponements.

However, such a condensed, tightly packed schedule has raised concerns about increased likelihood of injuries.

John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle may have the most unusual MLB schedule proposal of all: a 56-game season, taking place entirely at spring training sites (Arizona and Florida), eschewing traditional American League/National League alignment and having a Cactus League vs. Grapefruit League “World Series” at an equidistance neutral site—the new Globe Life Park in Texas.

When Will the MLB Come Back?

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has said that the “optimistic outlook” is to start the season in late May. Former Mets GM and current Sirius XM host Steve Phillips believes that a “worst case scenario” could be an 81-game season that ends in November.

“I think the one thing that's really clear is that everybody's committed to getting some part of a baseball season in in 2020,” Phillips said. “The notion of shutting it down completely isn't on anyone's radar.”

Vivid Seats will update this page as more information becomes available about MLB Opening Day 2020 and the return of the baseball season.

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