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Opening Day is Thursday — what fans need to know before MLB season starts

Opening Day is Thursday - what fans need to know before MLB season starts
Posted at 3:25 PM, Jul 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-21 09:49:09-04

After a four-month delay due to the coronavirus and some back and forth negotiations, Major League Baseball's 2020 season is starting up on Thursday.

On Thursday, baseball fans will get to watch Washington Nationals host the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Dodgers take on the San Francisco Giants.

The other 26 teams will start their seasons on Friday.

In 66 days, teams will play 60 games as part of the agreement between the league and the players association.

Below are all the details you need to know about baseball's shortened upcoming season:

  • Fans will not be allowed at stadiums. Games will be televised.
  • Teams will play games in their division and interleague based on regional division opponents. For example, the Yankees will play 40 games against teams in the American League East and 20 games against National League East opponents, which will help limit travel during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Postseason play will not be any different then it was in 2019. There will be three division-winners and two wild-cards per league.
  • To begin the season, rosters will expand to 30 active players. After two weeks, 28 players will be on the list, then after four weeks, it'll drop to 26.
  • To make sure injuries are prevented to pitchers, the designated hitter will be universal in 2020
  • To prevent marathon games, if a game goes into extra innings, runners will be placed on second base
  • Brawls are strictly prohibited.

Other notable events happening this season:

  • The MLB trade deadline is on August 31.
  • The Chicago White Sox will play the St. Louis Cardinals in Iowa at the "Field of Dreams" ballfield on August 13.
  • On August 16, MLB will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Negro Leagues
  • Jackie Robinson Day will be held on August 28.
  • On September 9, the league will celebrate Roberto Clemente Day.