Even though the status of baseball being played in 2020 is in major flux, MLB will move forward with the draft, which is only weeks away!
On Friday, the league announced that the five-round MLB Draft will be carried on broadcast networks for the first time in history. The first round of the draft will take place on Wednesday, June 10 at 7 p..m. ET on MLB Network and ESPN, while Rounds 2-5 will continue on June 11 at 5 p.m. ET on MLB Network and ESPN2.
MLB was originally slated to have the draft take place in Omaha, Neb., the first time the event were to take palace outside of MLB Studios in Secaucus, NJ. Having the draft at the site of the College World Series would've allowed the top draft picks to physically appear for the event and accept their hats and jerseys on stage.
Instead, the draft will again take place in the league's network studio, as it has in years past.
MLB obviously took a page out of the NFL's playbook. This year's NFL Draft was originally scheduled to take place in Las Vegas last April, but was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Instead of hosting separate broadcasts, ESPN and NFL Network teamed together to cover the big day, albeit remotely.
The MLB Draft will give baseball fans a welcome break from both the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the testy negotiations between the the league and the player's union. Instead, baseball diehards can watch high school and college athletes' dreams come true.