MLB scratches 2020 All-Star Week, due to COVID-19 pandemic
The MLB organization has decided to cancel the 2020 All-Star game, activities, as well as the All-Star Awards due to the increased rise in COVID-19 cases. The Los Angeles Dodgers will host the 2022 All-Star week in Los Angeles.
“I am thrilled that Council District 1, home to the legendary Dodger Stadium will get to host Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game here in 2022. This jewel event will give Los Angeles the opportunity to showcase all it has to offer fans from across the country, and we continue to be committed to making this an event that will leave a significant and lasting impact on our community,” said Los Angeles City Councilmember Gil Cedillo.
This has been a very unorthodox year for baseball, as well as other sports with Covid-19 not decreasing in deaths or cases in certain states. There have been numerous postponements, as well as cancelations with events around the globe. The MLB and its players finally agreed to come together to have a 60-game regular season this year, which will start July 23. With the shortened schedule, each team will start their training camp in their own ballparks. Once the seasons begins, each team will play 10 games apiece against the other teams in their division and will play 20 interleague games. With this type of format, it cuts down a lot of travel and makes it easier for more of the players and staff to be a tad bit comfortable.
Teams will bring 60 players to camp, but will only be able to play a 30-man roster when the season starts. There are a lot of changes that will be made in order to make the game much faster and enjoyable for fans who are watching at home. As of right now, fans are prohibited to be at ballparks, so it will be interesting to see if later in the season stadiums will allow people in the stands practicing social distancing and wearing face masks.