Phillies set to report to camp on July 1 for shortened season

Baseball is set to return in July
Major League Baseball will hold Opening Day on either July 23 or 24, and players will report to training camp in their home city on July 1. MLB and the Players Association agreed to terms surrounding health protocols on Tuesday surrounding the ongoing COVID pandemic.

The 60-game season will run through Sept. 27.

MLB and the Players Association failed to come to an agreement on the financial ramifications stemming from a shortened season, so the league is imposing the 60-game schedule as agreed upon by the two sides in late March.

Under the 60-game schedule, teams will play their four divisional opponents 10 times and each of the five interleague opponents four times. Interleague opponents will come from the same division in the opposite league, meaning the Phillies will face clubs in the AL East.

Other items that you'll see in 2020 include the designated hitter in the National League, runners on base to begin extra innings, and a traveling taxi squad of 60 players.

Players will be tested for COVID every other day and players deemed to be high-risk due to an underlying condition are allowed to opt-out while still receiving their salary and service time.

Rosters will unfreeze on Friday allowing teams to begin trades and free-agent signings.

In total, the regular season will last only 66 days.
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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