With most sports fans dialed into Monday night’s CFP National Championship game between Alabama and Ohio State, Bob Nightengale shared some exciting news regarding MLB in his post at USA Today just before kickoff.
Rob Manfred: MLB teams should plan for spring training to start on time, full 162-game season to be played https://t.co/MCH7NB88CT
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) January 12, 2021
Per Nightengale’s report, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred told clubs Monday that they “should be preparing for spring training to start on time in February and to plan on a full 162-game season being played.”
This is much better news than what was originally thought as there were expectations that there would be some kind of delay to the MLB 2021 season — as long as a month according to some recent reports, in an effort to give players and fans more time to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. However, instead it looks as if the initial opening of Spring Training (February 17th) is a real and probable starting point for the upcoming season, meaning baseball is just over a month away.
The Braves may be having a slow offseason at this time, but after a super shortened 2020 campaign last year, any potential for a “more normal” season in 2021 is music to MLB fans’ ears. Now if Manfred can just tell us whether or not the DH will be in the NL, perhaps GM Alex Anthopoulos could go ahead and re-sign Marcell Ozuna.
The Braves are set to open their 2021 season versus the Phillies on April 1st in Philadelphia.