MLB abbreviates season due to continuing pandemic

Giovanni Rizzotti, Entertainment Editor

The 2020 MLB season is in full swing now, but it’s not the way anyone would have ever expected.

Back in March, when COVID-19 started to get worse in the United States, many sports leagues had to suspend operations early for the health and safety of the players and fans. Many have since returned, and that includes Major League Baseball.
However, things have been very different.
Normally, there are 162 games for all 30 teams in the league. This year, to make things safer for the teams, the league removed 102 games to make the 2020 MLB season only have 60 games. This reduced the amount of travel every team would have if they did have a full schedule.
At the regular season’s end, the team with the most wins from both leagues was the Los Angeles Dodgers. Out of the 60 games they played, they won 43 and lost only 17. Meanwhile, the hometown Baltimore Orioles won 25 games and lost 35 games for their season.
Another change for the Major League Baseball season this year was for the fans. There were none in the stands. Every single team closed off the stands in their stadiums in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The only way to watch games was to watch them on television from the safety and comfort of home.
Another major change was the size of the rosters. The teams could invite up to 60 players to practice, but they could only have up to 30 players for their active opening day roster. This was slight step down from the normal 40 expanded roster size.
Eight teams now are getting ready to compete in the playoffs in both the American and National Leagues. Four teams from both leagues will advance to the Division Series. After that, two teams from both leagues will advance to the League Championship Series. Finally, the two winners from both championships will battle it out in the World Series.
As we are moving into the playoffs for Major League Baseball in 2020, it’s anyone’s guess as to whom will be the World Series champion for this year. It’s also anyone’s guess as to when fans will be allowed back into stadiums in the future.