By: Lizzie Moore ‘24
2020 was a rough year for everyone, shutting down almost everything including entertainment and sports. The MLB 2020 season was cut short due to the pandemic; but luckily, this year the MLB season was able to re-open, following safety guidelines.
The first game of the season was April 1 and many protocols were recently put into place to keep the players and other staff safe. Some of the protocols included frequent COVID-19 testing, required face coverings outside, and more. The new protocols allow for a safe return to play.
Despite their efforts, the virus was still able to spread. On opening day one of the Washington Nationals tested positive for COVID-19. This may not seem like a huge deal, but this caused five players to be unable to play in the opening game.
Thankfully, this was the first and only COVID – 19 setback so far and most fans are glad that they can again cheer on their favorite teams.
Fans are now allowed to watch games in the stands, with most at limited 28% capacity. However, the Texas Rangers are the only team in the entire MLB with 100% capacity allowing 40,000 fans.
So far, the LA Dodgers are leading the league with the most wins, while the Detroit Tigers have the worst record, with 7 wins and 15 losses.