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Although fans aren't allowed in Wrigley Field seats, the Cubs are currently in first place of the NL Central.

Tre Sangiacomo, Sports Editor

Hectic, That is the one word that we could use to describe the current state of the 2020 Major League Baseball season. 

From there almost being no season at all, to the COVID-19 outbreaks, here is everything you need to know about this hectic start to the season. 

When the season got pushed back in March during Spring Training players and owners were talking day in and day out to try and figure out if it was safe enough, and if they should play. If they decided to play what should pay look like, what will the schedules look like, and how will they split up teams. 

After many months of back and forth agreements, both parties decided on an agreement to start the 2020 MLB season starting on July 23. 

The agreement was a 60-game season, starting on July 23, but also a “summer camp” starting in July. Also they agreed on prorated contracts so players would get paid for playing the 60 games, and teams would get split up based on their divisions and only play teams from those divisions. For example, the St .Louis Cardinals are in the National League Central Division, so they would only play the teams in the National and American League divisions. 

The season started out great, and for the first time in Major League history every team started out with either one win and two losses, or two wins and one loss. 

This was when disaster hit.  Over an 8-day span after their season opening against the Philadelphia  Phillies, 17 Miami Marlins players tested positive for COVID-19. This put a pause on their season for a week. Phillies players also were tested just to make sure the virus did not spread, and Major League Baseball held their breath as their season was now in jeopardy. 

If things could not get worse, another COVID-19 outbreak occurred not even days later. This time it was with the St. Louis Cardinals and by the end of it all, 13 players and coaches had tested positive for the virus. Making people really question if it was worth the health of the players and coaches to continue playing. 

After coming under some serious fire by the fans, players, and coaches, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred decided to continue the season. 

What some may say was a bad decison by Manfred may have been the right decision. As now we are three weeks away from the postseason and the playoff race is closer than in recent years. 

Young stars like Fernando Tatis Jr., a shortstop for the San Diego Padres who is the front runner for National League MVP, and Chicago White Sox center fielder Luis Robert has established himself as a potential MVP candidate for years to come. Both have emerged as the future of baseball. 

Many teams that fans counted out before the season started, like the White Sox, and Toronto Blue Jays, have been turning heads all year as they push for a playoff berth after many being doubted since day one. But once the clock hits September, everything changes, the weak will drop, and only the strong will survive. 

Teams like the Chicago Cubs, and the Chicago White Sox have been turning heads this year, both teams currently are on top of their divisions, but both hanging on for dear life. As the White Sox are a game ahead of Minnesota and 3.5 games ahead of Cleveland.

. The Cubs, however, are still in a close race, but not that close as they are in front of the St. Louis Cardinals by 3 games in their division. 

Mike Foltynewicz, an MCHS graduate, was designated for assignment by the Atlanta Braves after a rough start to the 2020 season and a 4 mile per hour drop in his average fastball. 

There are just a couple weeks left in this short regular season until the playoffs begin.