It will be four months later than originally planned, but the Angels have a new date for spring training. Camps will open on next Wednesday, July 1, after MLB players and owners resolved all health and safety protocols on Tuesday.
All remaining issues have been resolved and Players are reporting to training camps.— MLBPA Communications (@MLBPA_News) June 24, 2020
The schedule will be 60 games, and should be finalized later this week. Opening day will be July 23 or July 24, per MLB.
“Major League Baseball is thrilled to announce that the 2020 season is on the horizon,” commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. “We have provided the Players Association with a schedule to play 60 games and are excited to provide our great fans with baseball again soon.”
The Angels will play two-thirds of their games against the American League West and the remainder against the National League West to cut down travel.
Plan is for teams to play 40 games in division and 20 games interleague with their geographic counterpart (East vs. East, etc.) #MLB— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) June 24, 2020
This agreement between MLB and the MLB Players Association rejected the owners’ final offer of 60 games, which included expanded playoffs and a few other benefits but also included both sides waiving their right to a grievance over the negotiations.
MLB asked the players to respond by Tuesday afternoon to two issues — if they would report to spring training by July 1, and if the players would agree to health and safety protocols. Players agreed to both on Tuesday.
Teams can have a player pool of up to 60 eligible players they can use this season, which will include players not on the 40-man roster. That 60-player list is due to MLB by Sunday at noon PT.
Per the Associated Press, active rosters will be 30 players for the first two weeks of the regular season, then 28 players for the next two weeks, followed by 26 players for the remainder of the season. Teams can also take up to three extra players on the road on a taxi squad of sorts, per Jayson Stark at The Athletic.
Baseball is backkk! WAKE UPPP‼️— Jo Adell (@joadell0) June 24, 2020
We’ll dig deeper into the actual schedule once that is finalized. But for now, we have a target date for baseball, with spring training part two opening back up on July 1.
Welcome back, baseball.