This article is part of our Mound Musings series.
Do you remember the anticipation of the umpire yelling, "Play ball!" and knowing things were about to be decided on the field? That's just about where we are now with regard to the 2020 MLB season. It's not cast in stone, as there are many details to be worked through including scheduling, and dealing with still lingering pandemic concerns, but commissioner Rob Manfred has instructed teams to resume "spring" training on July 1, with the expectation of commencing a 60-game regular season schedule to run from late July to late September, followed by playoffs. The players, via the union have agreed to report next week, so the ball is rolling.
The Baseball Return Watch: Yes, we will play ball, but like so many other things in 2020, in many ways, it won't be like anything we have seen before. Obviously, there will be differences in the fantasy game as well. I'd like to say I have a locked in plan for my fantasy pitching staffs, and I do have a basic approach in mind, but I honestly believe winning in fantasy this season will heavily depend on adjusting on the fly. That said, I'd like to explore some of the things we can expect (or maybe be surprised by) as we fasten the seat belts and head into baseball 2020.
Here are some details we can anticipate seeing this season:
- Spring Training – It should all begin next week with a return to "spring" training. For the most part, teams