In what could only be described as a one-of-a-kind season for not just baseball but all sporting events in general, the latest installment of the ever-popular Major League Baseball season (which began on July 23rd, 2020) has shown that it was still very much possible to organize a partial season of sports even in the midst of an ongoing global pandemic.
The only difference here is the full season got cut short and live fans were kept to a minimum at certain events.
A Recap of the 2020 Major League Baseball Season
The most recent season of Major League Baseball ended on September 27th, 2020 with 60 games played (a stark decrease in games played compared to the regular 162-game seasons) amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
The full season was initially scheduled to begin on 26 March but was pushed back by at least two weeks as MLB decided to cancel the remainder of spring training to keep its athletes safe. On March 16, MLB then announced that the World Series 2020 season would be postponed indefinitely — following suggestions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to restrict events that have more than 50 participants. It was the first time that the MLB had opted to postpone a season since 2001, wherein the season was paused for just over a week due to the September 11 attacks.
Spring training (then rebranded as Summer Camp) resumed from July 1st onwards and on July 3rd, the All-Star Game got push backed due to the delay of the regular season. And on July 18, the Canadian federal government denied permission for league favorites, the Toronto Blue Jays to play their home games at the Rogers Centre this season, citing COVID-19 concerns as a major reason for the decision. The government decided that regular and repeated cross-border trips by both the Blue Jays and their opponents would be a detriment to the country’s efforts to curb the pandemic as it could spark a major spike in COVID-19 cases in both the U.S. and Canada. Instead, the Blue Jays chose to play their home games in Sahlen Field in Buffalo, the home of their Triple-A affiliate, the Buffalo Bisons.
As for wrapping up the World Series 2020, an expanded 16-team postseason tournament was held from September 29th with all of the games being played at neutral sites, with the exception of the first round. The World Series officially began on October 20th at the Globe Life Field in Arlington and ended seven days later with the Los Angeles Dodgers securing a win over the Tampa Bay Rays in six games to win their first World Series title since 1988.