The Detroit Tigers will return to Comerica Park soon, joining clubs across Major League Baseball for a 60-game season beginning July 23-24.
“We are thrilled that baseball is back,” said Christopher Ilitch, Chairman & CEO of the Detroit Tigers. As fans, we all love the game. We’ve all missed the game. And here in Detroit, we can’t wait to welcome the Tigers home.”
The announcement follows confirmation that the MLB Players Association has accepted the health and safety protocols that will guide MLB’s return to play and that players will be able to report for training by July 1st. The health and safety of players and employees will remain MLB’s foremost priorities in its return to play. MLB is working with a variety of public health experts, infectious disease specialists and technology providers on a comprehensive approach that aims to facilitate a safe return.
MLB has submitted a 60-game regular season schedule for review by the Players Association. In order to mitigate travel, the proposed schedule will largely feature divisional play, with the remaining portion of each Club’s games against their opposite league’s corresponding geographical division (i.e., East vs. East, Central vs. Central and West vs. West). The vast majority of Major League Clubs are expected to conduct training at the ballparks in their primary home cities.
Commissioner of Baseball Robert D. Manfred, Jr. said: “Major League Baseball is thrilled to announce that the 2020 season is on the horizon. We have provided the Players Association with a schedule to play 60 games and are excited to provide our great fans with Baseball again soon.”