MLB, Players Reach Deal For 2020 Season; Opening Day Slated For July 24

UPDATE, 9:35 p.m. ET: Major League Baseball has confirmed the deal, which features a 60-game regular season and Opening Day on either July 23 or 24.

Play ball!

After months of negotiations, Major League Baseball and players finally have reached a deal.

The MLB Players association confirmed the deal via Twitter on Tuesday night.

The deal features a 60-game schedule beginning July 24, per ESPN’s Jeff Passan. Players agreed to report to training camp by July 1 earlier in the day, but spend a little extra time hammering out details surrounding new health and safety protocols surrounding COVID-19.

According to USA TODAY Sports’ Bob Nightengale, the league has agreed to the union’s proposal to allow players who “cohabitate with a high-risk individual,” like a pregnant spouse, may opt out and be paid service time. Before Tuesday’s deal, only players personally at high risk of severe illness should they catch COVID-19.

The Players’ Association now awaits an official scheduled from the league, per Nightengale. That news hopefully should come within the next 72 hours.

Players will report to training camps, which will be held in teams’ respective home cities, within the next several days after spring training facilities in Florida and Arizona were temporarily closed over coronavirus concerned.

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