Play Ball: The Head Scratching Adjustments MLB Will Make for Pandemic Play

Tracy Ringolsby

MLB owners and players have finally come to an agreement on a 60-game season that will open The weekend of July 23-26 in MLB parks -- except when local officials feel that isn't wise and a neutral site will be selected.

The coronavirus has forced MLB to make a variety of changes to how the game will be played and how the players will have to behave. The league’s primary concern is mitigating the spread of the virus, but squeezing in 60 games with limited off days after an extended layoff and abbreviated “spring” training creates additional risk for player injuries.

Those dual player-health concerns have led the league to implement several rules that would have seemed unimaginable back in February.

For a more in depth look at what's ahead at the ballpark this summer, click:

https://www.si.com/extra-mustard/2020/06/24/mlb-return-coronavirus-health-protocols

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