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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Report: MLB considering July 4 as possibility for Opening Day

Rob Manfred

If all is right in the world by then, we could have baseball to go along with our backyard barbecues and fireworks shows on Independence Day this year.

Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday that July 4 has been one of the options floated as a possibility in MLB circles for Opening Day.

The report comes after President Donald Trump announced earlier this week that federal social distancing guidelines due to the coronavirus pandemic have been extended until at least April 30. Trump also said that he expects the country to be “well on our way to recovery by June 1.”

We have also heard recently that a “Part II” of spring training will occur once quarantine restrictions are lifted so that the players can get back into shape. Thus, the Fourth of July would be a poetic day to get baseball back and would additionally ensure that teams have enough time to get ready for the season.

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