2020 ScheduleAll times ET

2020 Schedule

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Good luck picking your three outfield starters for a hypothetical National League All-Star team.

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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: Anthony Castrovince and Todd Radom go deep on Cleveland changing its name

MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince joins Buster to discuss the Cleveland name change, the history of the name “Indians” for the team, why he favors the Spiders for the new name, the inspiration for his book “A Fan’s Guide to Baseball Analytics” and what he thinks happens with Francisco Lindor this season (5:33). Plus, Todd Radom stops by to talk about the work involved with a team changing its name and creating a new logo (21:46).

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.

Markakis to opt out of MLB season after 'eye-opening' talk (1:53)

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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Braves' Markakis opts out after Freeman talk

Nick Markakis has opted out of this season after the Braves veteran outfielder had an "eye-opening" talk with teammate Freddie Freeman, who tested positive for COVID-19.

Will more MLB players follow Price, Felix and opt out? (1:49)
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King Felix to skip 2020 because of virus concerns

Felix Hernandez, who was trying to make the Braves before spring training was halted by the coronavirus pandemic, won't pitch this season because of concerns about the virus, his agent announced on Twitter on Saturday night.

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Braves give no indication if name change planned

Without saying if the team would consider changing its name, the Atlanta Braves issued a statement Saturday saying it "honors, supports, and values the Native American community. That will never change."

Freeman among four Braves who tested positive for COVID-19 (2:23)
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Virus hit Braves' Freeman 'like a ton of bricks'

Freddie Freeman, a four-time All-Star who batted .295 last season and set career highs with 38 homers and 121 RBIs, is one of four Braves players to test positive for the coronavirus. The others are Will Smith, Touki Toussaint and Pete Kozma.

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

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Batting Average.21929th
On Base Percentage.28930th
Slugging Percentage.33129th
Earned Run Average3.264th
Quality Starts0Tied-1st