The 2020 MLB season is on with players set to report for spring training before Opening Day finally arrives in late July. The baseball world has waited months for America’s Pastime to return and it’s almost here. Now with a unique and exciting season approaching, there are plenty of burning questions that will shape how we remember baseball this year.
Every game will mean even more this season with teams under greater pressure to perform quickly thanks to a 60-game schedule. In a season where talent and depth will be more crucial than ever, the possibilities for how things will play out in MLB are endless.
Now that MLB is finally set to return, let’s take a look at five burning questions for the 2020 season.
It feels like the Yankees signed Gerrit Cole to that record-breaking contract a few years ago. While the COVID-19 pandemic delayed his official debut with the team, MLB’s suspension of play helped the Yankees. If not for the shutdown, New York would have played more than a third of its games without James Paxton, Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton. The question is, will this team live up to the massive hype?
Expectations are high in New York, with many believing the “Evil Empire” is back. There’s a lot to love about the Yankees’ lineup from the top of the order to the bottom. Even more impressive, New York will be loaded with depth in the outfield and infield, a luxury given the likelihood players will contract the coronavirus. A rotation that looked shaky with Paxton sidelined, now could achieve its potential as one of the best in MLB and the bullpen behind it is loaded. We’ve seen this team fall short before, but the Yankees have all the ingredients for a deep postseason run.