There’s finally a real plan for the 2020 Major League Baseball season (but the COVID-19 pandemic could still derail that, of course), with the 60-game regular season scheduled to begin by July 24. Additionally, players can begin reporting to team training camps on July 1, for Spring Training 2.0.

Now, this will be very different from a usual spring training (like, the one that was happening in March). Camps will happen in home ballparks/cities, rather than Arizona and Florida. And without the Arizona/Florida setup, it makes exhibition games much more difficult to organize.

Well, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that teams will be allowed to schedule up to three exhibition games in Spring Training 2.0. He adds, “If a club is not located near any potential opponents, it can schedule games against its initial regular-season opponent in days leading to Opening Day.”

So, the exhibition games will be very limited, and MLB organizations will surely try to make up for that by having plenty of intrasquad games and live batting practice. Maybe this will also show that we don’t need six weeks of organized spring trainings in the future (especially with most players training throughout the offseason these days anyway).

Here are some more new details from Rosenthal and The Athletic’s Jayson Stark:

In-person scouting definitely doesn’t seem worth happening during a shortened season in pandemic, especially with all of the video, technology, and data readily available for MLB organizations.

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