Complete 2020 MLB Calendar: Key Dates and Notable Events


Pitchers and catchers have reported, and the Hot Stove is all but shut off until next winter. Baseball is back in 2020, with the Washington Nationals looking to defend their World Series title and the Houston Astros facing tough questions about the one they won in 2017.

Here are the key dates to know as the 2020 MLB season gets underway:

Spring Training games begin: February 21
Sure, the games don't count, but at least it's baseball.

Opening Day: March 26
If baseball season heralds the end of winter, then spring is coming early this year. Following the trend of the past two years, MLB's full schedule will begin in March, this time on the 26th, the earliest yet.

Nationals home opener: April 2
The Nats will celebrate their 2019 World Series title prior to their first home game, on April 2 against the Mets. The pregame ceremony will include the unveiling of a banner. The team will receive their World Series rings prior to their next home game, on April 4.

Jackie Robinson Day: April 15
Every year, MLB marks the anniversary of the civil rights icon’s first major-league game, on opening day in 1957. All players and coaches wear Robinson’s No. 42, which is otherwise retired league-wide throughout the rest of the season.

Breast Cancer Awareness Day: May 10, Mother’s Day
Players and coaches will wear the familiar pink-accented uniforms and apparel to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research, dubbed "Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer." The custom began in 2006.

Phillies retire Roy Halladay’s number: May 29
The Phillies will retire Halladay’s No. 34 on the 10-year anniversary of his perfect game against the then-Florida Marlins. The event is likely to be a tearjerker, after Halladay’s tragic demise in a plane crash in November 2017. The right-hander was posthumously inducted into the Hall of Fame last year.

MLB Draft: June 10-12
The annual spectacle officially known as the First-Year Player Draft will be held in Omaha, Nebraska, ahead of the 2020 College World Series. MLB Network will cover the event.

London series: June 13-14
MLB returns to London after debuting with a two-game set between the rival Yankees and Red Sox last year. Heading abroad this year will be the NL version of that storied rivalry, the Cardinals and Cubs.

Prostate Cancer Awareness Day: June 21, Father's Day
The corollary to MLB's Mother's Day festivities, the league marks Father's Day by raising funds and awareness for prostate cancer research. Players and coaches don blue gear to "Keep Dad in the Game" in conjunction with the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

MLB All-Stars Future Game: July 12
The first notable event of All-Star Week at Dodger Stadium begins with a look at the possible all-stars of tomorrow.

Home Run Derby: July 13
MLB's top hitters will slug it out in a pitcher-friendly Dodger Stadium.

MLB All-Star Game: July 14
Dodger Stadium will host its second Midsummer Classic, the other coming in 1980.

Second half begins: July 16
Giants-Dodgers kick off the second half with a standalone game, with the rest of the league resuming play on July 17.

Hall of Fame inductions: July 26
MLB greats Derek Jeter and Larry Walker will be enshrined in the Hall in Cooperstown, NY. Joining them by virtue of vote by the Veterans Committee are Ted Simmons and Marvin Miller.

Field of Dreams Game: August 13
In a stunt worthy of famed baseball owner Bill Veeck, MLB has fashioned a ballpark out of a cornfield in Dyersville, Iowa, at the site where "Field of Dreams" was shot. Fittingly, the White Sox will play.

MLB Little League Classic: August 23
The Red Sox and Orioles will play in the fourth installment of MLB's annual showcase game in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, to promote the Little League World Series.

Final day of regular season: September 27

Postseason games begin: September 29

World Series begins: October 20
A potential Game 7 would be played on October 28.

Hall of Fame ballot announced: November 16