What’s the Summer equivalent of baseball’s Spring Training? A question we never thought we’d need an answer to until we entered the Upside Down.
The official name has been announced as 2020 MLB Summer Camp presented by Camping World.
Based on the feedback my Tweet announcing this news garnered, many of you are either confused or simply rolling your eyes about the presence of a presenting sponsor for this event. Well, there’s a reason why it’s there…
You may recall that Camping World was the presenting sponsor of Spring Training this year. Since Spring Training was halted prematurely and Summer Camp is essentially the resumption of Spring Training, Camping World was included to continue and honour their deal from the Spring.
And yes, there’s a logo!
It’s a major departure from the Spring Training package we saw (see our post on the 2020 Spring Training logos here), the 2020 MLB Summer Camp logo is simply the title of the event stacked in navy blue block lettering.
Kind of ironic the lettering is so closely packed together, that is definitely *not* how you practice social distancing!
There are a couple of other alternate presentations of this mark, see below:
Players and staff will report to 2020 MLB Summer Camp on Wednesday, July 1st (Happy Canada Day!) where they will be required to go through medical testing and screening processes before being permitted to enter the facilities. Workouts and baseball activities can begin on Friday, July 3rd.
Teams can play up to three exhibition games against other MLB teams prior to the beginning of the regular season, there is no limit on intrasquad games. We’re not yet sure the uniforms that will be worn for these games but I would imagine we’ll see them wear their usual Spring Training/Batting Practice outfits, especially during the workouts.
Opening Day across the league will be held on either Thursday, July 23 or Friday, July 24. Teams will play a 60 game schedule with 40 games against divisional opponents and 20 games against the opposite league’s division of the same name in an attempt to reduce the amount of cross-continent travel. For the first time ever there will be a designated hitter in the National League during the 2020 season and all extra innings will begin with a runner on second base.
So… TL;DR? Baseball’s coming back!