Key Dates and Schedule Information Cardinals Fans Need to Know for the 2020 MLB Season

Paul Goldschmidt hitting against the Houston Astros.
Paul Goldschmidt hitting against the Houston Astros. / Rich Schultz/Getty Images

As of Tuesday night, the MLB and the MLBPA have officially agreed on a deal. Baseball is back! However, due to the circumstances this clearly will not be like any other season we've ever seen. Getting to this point took sacrifices from both the owners and the players and it caused some rules and dates to be changed for what is left of the 2020 season.

So with that in mind, Let's take a look at some key dates and information St. Louis Cardinals fans need to know about the new season, as well as the team's expected regular season schedule.

When Does the 2020 MLB Season Start?

Players will report to training camp on July 1 and Opening Day will be on July 23 or 24.

When is the MLB Trade Deadline?

The new MLB trade deadline for the 2020 season will now be August 31.

When Will the MLB Playoffs Start?

This is still yet to be announced, but the regular season is expected to end by September 27 so that the playoffs can begin in October.

Other Key Dates for the 2020 MLB Season

June 26: Transaction Freeze ends - Teams have been in a holding pattern in terms of making significant transactions during the labor dispute, so on this date, teams will once again be allowed to sign players, make trades and offer contract extensions.

September 15: Playoff Eligibility Deadline – The date a player must be on an official roster in order to be eligible for the playoff roster.

St. Louis Cardinals 2020 Schedule

The specific dates aren't available yet, but each team will play 40 games against their own division, and the additional 20 games will be played against the opposing league's counterpart division most closely related geographically. So for the Cardinals they will play those 20 games against the AL Central since St. Louis is in the NL Central. The expected breakdown is below.

Milwaukee Brewers – 10 games
Chicago Cubs – 10 games
Cincinnati Reds – 10 games
Pittsburgh Pirates – 10 games

Chicago White Sox – 4 games
Cleveland Indians – 4 games
Detroit Tigers – 4 games
Kansas City Royals – 4 games
Minnesota Twins – 4 games.

MLB Playoff Format

While there was talk of expanded playoffs, the MLB Playoff format will remain the same for the 2020 season.

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