It's been a long time coming, but baseball is finally back!

Thursday, July 23rd, is opening day for Major League Baseball -- nearly four months after its originally planned opening date of March 26th.

As with everything else, there have been some adjustments made due to the coronavirus...

  • The 162-game season has been shortened to just 60 games this season.
  • The league has also decided to adopt universal designated hitters to inject more offense into the game.
  • Major League Baseball has decided to leave it up to local governments to decide whether fans will be allowed into the ballparks to attend games. To start the season, no teams are currently allowing any fans to attend.

The Detroit Tigers kick off the season on Friday, July 24th in Cincinnati against the Reds. Game time is 6:10 pm. The Home Opener for Detroit, at Comerica Park, won't be until next Monday, July 27th, when the Tigers host the Kansas City Royals for a game at 7:10 pm.

Who will win this year's World Series after a shortened season? The Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Yankees are the current World Series favorites. The Detroit Tigers come in near the bottom of that list.

As for the minor leagues...there is no season for 2020. Major League Baseball made the announcement earlier this month that they would not be supplying players to its affiliated minor league teams this  year. As a result, the Minor League Baseball season for 2020 has been cancelled. That means no games this summer for the West Michigan Whitecaps.


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