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MLB announces 60-game season will start in July

Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have agreed to play a 60-game season, which will start on either July 23 or 24.

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred announced on Tuesday night that players will report to "spring" training on July 1 — nearly four months after it was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Team owners and the players' union spent several weeks going back and forth over how to salvage the 2020 season. In a statement, the MLB said it submitted a schedule for review by the Players Association, which will "largely feature divisional play, with the remaining portion of each club's games against their opposite league's corresponding geographical division ... in order to mitigate travel. The vast majority of Major League Clubs are expected to conduct training at the ballparks in their primary home cities."