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2020 Schedule
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MLB players who are opting out of the 2020 season

As Major League Baseball attempts to start a 60-game season during the COVID-19 pandemic, here are the players who have said they will not be participating.


BBTN: Gregor Chisholm on where the Blue Jays will play; Marly Rivera on Aroldis Chapman's positive COVID-19 test; Marc Topkin on which Rays players haven't been practicing

The Toronto Star’s Gregor Chisholm joins Buster to discuss where things stand with where the Blue Jays will play, Travis Shaw walking back his self-isolation comments and teams visiting Toronto being overlooked (5:46). Then, Marly Rivera joins the pod to talk about Aroldis Chapman’s positive COVID-19 test, how he’s feeling and what it means for the Yankees’ relief corps (18:06). Later, the Tampa Bay Times’ Marc Topkin hops on to get into how he’s covering the Rays during the coronavirus spike in Florida, who hasn’t been seen on the field in the last week and how the front office handles the possibility of missing so many key players to start the season (28:03).


The Anita Marks Show

Anita Marks talks to Pedro Gomez and David Samson about the return of baseball, Dr Nick Morrisey about Covid-19 impacting sports, Cynthia Frelund about the return of football, and more on this Sunday Funday.


Mason and Ireland HR 1: To Play Or Not To Play?

The guys started the show with a discussion on whether College Football will be played on time (or at all). Then, reaction to Buster Posey's decision to sit out the 2020 MLB season because of family concerns. Also, LA Dodgers President Andrew Friedman came on to talk about how the Dodgers are approaching this "60-game sprint" and gives his opinion on players opting out of playing in the 2020 season because of COVID fears.

Posey opts out of season for family reasons (0:49)

Jeff Passan ESPN 

San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey has opted out of the 2020 season. Posey, a former NL MVP and six-time All-Star, had missed the last few days of workouts as he contemplated his decision.

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Yanks-Nats, Giants-Dodgers open MLB schedule

The defending World Series champion Washington Nationals will host the New York Yankees in the first game of the 2020 MLB season on July 23, followed by the San Francisco Giants traveling to play the rival Los Angeles Dodgers.

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

The 2020 MLB schedule starts July 23 with a Yankees-Nationals matchup (7 p.m. ET, ESPN) followed by Giants-Dodgers (10 p.m. ET, ESPN). Opening Day for the rest of the league comes July 24, highlighted by Braves-Mets (4 ET, ESPN), Brewers-Cubs (7 ET, ESPN), Angels-A's (10 ET, ESPN) and the Rangers hosting the Rockies in the first game at Texas' new ballpark.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

The 2020 MLB schedule is set to be announced tonight, and it will include 60 games over a total of 67 days. Opening Day on July 23 will be Yankees vs. Nationals and Dodgers vs. SF Giants, with the remaining 26 teams playing their first game on July 24th. The final day of the season will be Sunday, September 27th.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

The San Francisco Giants confirmed two more individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 following mandatory club testing.


BBTN: Dave Schoenfield on Cleveland changing its name and players expressing skepticism about playing; Sarah Langs on the David Price opting out

David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss Cleveland’s decision to review its name, possible names to replace the Indians, Freddie Freeman getting sick, Mike Trout, Sean Doolittle and Buster Posey’s skepticism about playing, and what the tipping point could be to shut the season down (7:16). Later, Sarah Langs drops by to talk about her aversion to spiders and what losing David Price means to the Dodgers (26:02).

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Giants manager: Sandoval's weight not an issue

Giants manager Gabe Kapler said Sunday the team fully expects Pablo Sandoval to be ready and in game shape to contribute by Opening Day later this month even though he is noticeably heavier than he was during spring training nearly five months ago.

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Giants' Posey still unsure if he'll opt out of season

Giants catcher Buster Posey said "there's still some reservation on my end" about playing this season and he wants to see how things progress after a new surge in coronavirus cases before making a final decision.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

ESPN has learned that more than half of all intake testing is almost complete as MLB prepares for preseason workouts to officially resume tomorrow. General information about the results will be released in the next 24-48 hours, but will not have identifying factors in order to protect players' privacy. As previously reported, COVID-19 related information won't be disclosed without players' permission.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Manager Luis Rojas confirms Mets hitting coach Chili Davis will be working remotely. Rojas also said all Mets players have reported to "summer camp" and are currently undergoing the intake and COVID-19 testing process.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

In a statement to ESPN, MLB said it wouldn't disclose COVID-19 related information without an individual's permission. MLB does plan to publish general testing information, for example, number of tests and positive results, but with no player names or identifying characteristics.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

MLB statement to ESPN regarding teams not naming players that test positive for coronavirus: "Because COVID-19 is not considered an employment-related injury, we will respect the privacy of the players who test positive or who are under evaluation, and we will defer to their wishes regarding public updates about their status. Without their voluntary permission, we will not disclose any COVID-19 related information."

Team Stats

  • Pitching
  • Batting
Earned Run Average5.8026th
Quality Starts0Tied-1st
Batting Average.2782nd
On Base Percentage.3388th
Slugging Percentage.4715th