Major League Baseball 2020 Draft stays in Secaucus due to COVID-19

The draft has been shortened to only five rounds this year

Draft will not be held in Omaha.
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Draft will not be held in Omaha.

Major League Baseball announced on May 29 that the first day of its 2020 Draft will be based out of MLB Network studios in Secaucus.

As a result of the national emergency created by the COVID-19 pandemic, MLB will not hold its 2020 Draft in Omaha as previously planned. However, the 2020 Draft will still be held on the originally planned date of Wednesday, June 10.

The draft was set to be held ahead of the NCAA’s Men’s College World Series (CWS), as announced last December by MLB. The draft had been slated to be held at Omaha’s Holland Performing Arts Center and would have welcomed competing CWS teams.

The draft, which will be held remotely, is one of many similar events forced to adapt to the new virtual normal.

Multiple networks stepped up to the plate

MLB Network and ESPN will broadcast the event on June 10, marking the first time that multiple networks covered the MLB Draft.

Beginning at 7 p.m., the first round of the 2020 Draft will take place, from selections 1 through 29, in addition to Competitive Balance Round A, including selections 30 through 37.

Beginning at 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 11, the second round through the fifth round will be televised, beginning with the 38th overall selection.

The five rounds of the 2020 MLB Draft will span 160 selections. The signing deadline for the 2020 Draft has been moved from July 10 to August 1. Clubs may not assign their Competitive Balance Selections in this year’s event.

Each year since its 2009 debut, MLB Network has broadcast the draft to fans from its Secaucus studios. MLB Network will aired six different MLB Draft preview programs ahead of its coverage on June 10 through June 11.

Coverage of the 2020 Draft will be available on MLB.com and MLB Pipeline.

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