If this were a normal year, Major League Baseball would be commemorating the seasonâ€™s halfway mark with the All-Star Game. But 2020 has been anything but normal. After a delay of more than three months due to the coronavirus pandemic, opening night will finally take place on Thursday, July 23 with a TV doubleheader of Yankees vs. Nationals and Giants vs. Dodgers on ESPN (click here for the full-season schedule).
But the game will look a lot different this truncated 60-game season. Both leagues will be using the designated hitter to protect pitchers. Spitting is forbidden, but pitchers will be allowed to carry a wet rag in their back pocket to use for moisture instead of licking their fingers. And some of the gameâ€™s marquee playersâ€”including Buster Posey, Ryan Zimmerman, Felix Hernandez, and David Priceâ€”wonâ€™t be on the field, having opted out due to concerns about health and safety.