Here is the latest MLB news from the past couple of weeks:JUNE 30Twins president Dave St. Peter said the club is "developing a plan for no fans but also developing a plan for how and when we reintroduce fans." He noted that it will ultimately be left up to Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and health experts in the state as to whether fans can attend games. Read more here.Major League Baseball on Tuesday issued a statement that indicates the “Field of Dreams” game remains tentatively scheduled for Aug. 13. However, because of the schedule changes instituted for an abbreviated 60-game season, the two teams originally slated to square off at the Dyersville, Iowa, complex — the Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees — are not likely to participate in the showcase. The scheduling issue stems solely from how the Yankees and White Sox will not play this summer due to the regional setup of the season schedule due to the desire to limit travel amid the coronavirus pandemic. Read more here.JUNE 29According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, MLB plans to release the remainder of its 2020 schedule in about a week. MLB will continue to monitor the number of COVID-19 cases in each city, keeping in contact with health and local government officials to ensure it is safe to play baseball. Read more here.Also according to Nightengale, the Twins have informed bullpen coach Bob McClure, 68, and major league coach Bill Evers, 66, that they won't work games this year due to health and safety concerns because of the coronavirus. The organization says they'll still be paid. Read more here.Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Mike Leake has become the first MLB player to publicly opt out of participating in the shortened 2020 season. Leake’s agent Danny Horwits issued a statement saying Leake and his family took many personal factors into consideration when making the decision, and the pitcher is looking forward to returning in 2021. He will miss out on roughly $5 million by sitting out the season. Read more here.Not long after Leake announced he will not play this season due to personal reasons, The Athletic’s Britt Ghiroli first reported that Ryan Zimmerman and Joe Ross would also be sitting out. The Nationals have since confirmed the news, expressing support for both players in a statement. Read more here.Major League Baseball has given players who are not deemed high risk the right to opt out of playing the 2020 season. However, those players are not allowed to reconsider and change their minds later — at least as of now. According to Jayson Stark of The Athletic, MLB and the MLBPA are discussing a “possible adjustment” to that rule, leaving the door open for players to potentially return in 2020. Read more here.Per the Associated Press (h/t ESPN), Ontario Premier Doug Ford said on Monday that the Blue Jays will arrive in Toronto for spring training on July 1 and expects that they'll host teams. Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams must sign off on the final MLB plan for the Blue Jays to face teams in Toronto. Read more here.Giants outfielder Hunter Bishop has become the first member of the team to test positive for COVID-19, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Bishop is exhibiting “mild symptoms” and “was not in contact with any of our players and staff subsequent to when he believes he was infected,” president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi announced. Read more here.Rockies outfielder Ian Desmond will opt out of playing in the 2020 MLB season. Desmond explained that “the COVID-19 pandemic has made this baseball season one that is a risk I am not comfortable taking.” He says he’s compelled to stay home “with a pregnant wife and four young children who have lots of questions about what’s going on in the world.” Read more here.JUNE 28Although there have been questions about whether the Blue Jays would be able to play at home, we might have some clarity now. Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports the Jays told their players to report to Toronto for a second spring training, and a chartered flight is set for next week to get the players into Canada. Read more here.Furthermore, Blue Jays won't have a long commute to work. Broadcaster Hazel Mae reports that the Jays would be staying at the hotel attached to the Rogers Centre. The plan is for players and staff to quarantine at the hotel to limit possible exposure and spread of the coronavirus. Read more here.JUNE 27The Texas Rangers have COVID-19 cases among their staff members. An anonymous employee told ESPN's Jeff Passan there's widespread fear across many of the organization's employees and that they are "terrified" for their safety. The state of Texas was forced to halt the reopening process after a three-day period in which over 17,000 new coronavirus cases were reported. Read more here.MLB players might not be thrilled with the 60-game season, but that sentiment is not shared by baseball fans. In a poll of 1,003 fans conducted between Tuesday and Friday by Global Strategy Group, 77 percent of respondents who identified themselves as baseball fans support MLB's 60-game season, while just 23 percent oppose of it, according to ESPN. Read more here.We now know how MLB plans to kick off its season: On July 23, the Yankees will head to D.C. to take on the Nationals, per Joel Sherman and Andrew Marchand of the New York Post This will pit new Yankees starter Gerrit Cole against Max Scherzer. Read more here.JUNE 26The Baseball Hall of Fame opened its doors to visitors for the first time since March 15 due to the uncontrolled virus outbreak, according to the Associated Press. Certain areas known to attract large gatherings are temporarily closed. Read more here.Nationals infielder Ryan Zimmerman might not take part in his team’s title defense in 2020. He told AP’s Howard Fendrich that he has an infant at home, and his wife is in a high-risk category. Read more here.JUNE 25Houston Astros owner Jim Crane is extremely concerned about teams losing billions of dollars this season and said that the "only thing we have to do that can counter" revenue losses is have fans at games. The idea of losing tens of millions of dollars is a scary one but not as scary as losing lives, which some fear is the risk of letting fans attend games. Read more here.Although the playoff field remains set at 10 teams, MLBPA executive director Tony Clark said players are still open to expanding it, according to Ronald Blum of the Associated Press. The league could yet make another attempt to negotiate an expanded postseason format. Read more here.Some players received an advance this spring that equals or was worth more than a prorated rate for 2020, per The Athletic's Evan Drellich. While those players won't owe clubs refunds due to a fund shared by owners and the MLBPA, athletes such as Red Sox pitcher Collin McHugh essentially will play for free. Read more here.The Twins are the latest MLB team to have players test positive for COVID-19. Team president Derek Falvey told reporters a “few” players in the organization have tested positive for COVID-19. Falvey declined to say whether the players diagnosed were major league or minor league players, nor how many tested positive. Read more here.Players currently on 80-game suspensions will be eligible to return to the field next year if the upcoming 60-game season is completed in full, per Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com. However, it's unclear what will happen in this regard if the pandemic forces the MLB to be cut even shorter. Read more here.Regarding crowds at games, the Cubs are expecting fans at Wrigley Field this season, as team president Crane Kenney told ESPN 1000. Kenney envisions about 8,000 fans at games this season. Fans would be able to watch from outfield rooftops and restaurants — areas that can allow for social distancing. Read more here.Many have wondered whether tams will be able to play exhibition games as part of Training Camp 2.0. We now have an answer to that. MLB has told teams they’ll allow them to schedule up to three exhibition contests apiece before the regular season starts July 23-24, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Read more here.The Giants have told season-ticket holders that fans will not be allowed to attend games this year. However, the team has a "Fan Cutout" program, which allow fans to submit photos of themselves that will then be placed in the stands during games. Read more here.JUNE 24Sportsnet's Shi Davidi and TSN's Scott Mitchell reported that multiple Blue Jays players and staff returned positive tests. While Wednesday's update isn't surprising, it further complicates matters for members of an organization that currently has no baseball home. As Davidi noted, the Blue Jays are hopeful to start the regular season, currently scheduled to begin in late July, by playing home games in Toronto. Read more here.According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, only players who are considered to be at "high risk" of infection may opt out of the 2020 campaign and receive their full prorated salary. There's been no word on who will be considered "high risk," but players who have preexisting medical conditions likely will be among the group. Read more here.According to Jayson Stark of The Athletic, MLB has been talking with officials in Nashville about having two teams of unsigned players in the city on standby in case MLB teams need them. The players would earn $400 per week, with teams having to pay Nashville a fee to sign one of them. Read more here.Three Rockies players, including outfielder Charlie Blackmon, have tested positive for the virus, according to Kyle Newman of the Denver Post. Left-handed pitcher Phillip Diehl and minor leaguer Ryan Castellani were the other two players to test positive. All three players tested positive after recent workouts at Coors Field, and they received their results late last week. All other players who were working out at Coors Field have tested negative. Read more here.Major League Baseball rosters have been frozen since late March, but that will come to an end this Friday at noon ET and any club looking to bring in new players will want to give those players as much notice as possible. Read more here.Luis Ferre-Sadurni of The New York Times tweeted that players entering New York from high-infection areas won't be asked to quarantine but will instead follow safety protocols implemented by MLB and the New York State Health Department. Read more here.MLB has submitted a plan to Canadian health authorities for the Blue Jays to host regular-season games at Rogers Centre, and the Public Health Agency of Canada is reviewing the proposal, according to the Associated Press. The Canadian border remains shut to non-essential American personnel through at least July 21, and MLB execs are concerned that players would have to quarantine for 14 days before competing in any Canadian city. Such rules would remove Toronto from baseball's 60-game season that includes clubs playing at home ballparks. Read more here.Furthermore, the Blue Jays could play their "home" games in Florida or Buffalo, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, if Canada does not approve the plan to play in Toronto. The ideal solution is to play games at home, like every other team, but the Blue Jays would be silly not to have a backup plan at this point. Read more here.The Detroit Tigers are the latest MLB organization to have players or staffers test positive for the coronavirus. Tigers GM Al Avila revealed that two people in the organization — one player and one staff member — have tested positive for the virus. Neither individual has recovered yet, but the player was not working out at the team’s spring facility in Lakeland, Florida, when he contracted it. Read more here.The rash of positive coronavirus tests among MLB clubs along with the outbreaks in several U.S. cities isn't deterring the Red Sox from having a positive outlook for the season. Red Sox CEO Sam Kennedy said that fans at Fenway Park this season could be a "possibility" if the number cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts continues to decline. The possibility of having anywhere near a capacity crowd this season is highly unlikely, but teams are hoping to be able to have some fans. Read more here.Speaking of fans in stadiums, MLB will have teams decide whether games will happen in front of a crowd "based on local, state ordinances and procedures," reports Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle." Read more here.USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that MLB will start off with four nationally televised games on July 23 to finally start the season. Nightengale posits that superstar Gerrit Cole will make his Yankees debut in prime time. Read more here.Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto announced that multiple players have tested positive for COVID-19. "Right now they’re asymptomatic. They feel great,” Dipoto said, via Greg Johns of MLB.com. Read more here.JUNE 23It's official: MLB is back. The league and MLBPA have finalized the details ahead of a return to play. Players will report to Spring Training 2.0 on July 1, and the 60-game season will officially open on July 23 or 24 to empty stadiums, per ESPN's Jeff Passan. The MLBPA confirmed the news, tweeting: "All remaining issues have been resolved, and players are reporting to training camps." Read more here.Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports that MLB will adopt the minor league rule of beginning the 10th inning and beyond with a runner on second base, making it easier for teams to score runs. With a shortened spring training and only 60 games, the goal is to avoid having too many extra frames. In addition, MLB will also temporarily allow a universal designated hitter. The DH will be removed from National League play again in 2021. Read more here.The Phillies last Friday announced that five players and three staff members — all of whom had been at their Clearwater, Florida, facility — had tested positive for the coronavirus. At the time of the announcement, the Phillies indicated that 32 more tests were still pending results. Of that bunch, two more players and two staff members also tested positive, bringing the total to a dozen cases. The rest of those pending tests were negative. Read more here.Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon, left-hander Phillip Diehl and righty Ryan Castellani have tested positive for COVID-19, according to Kyle Newman of the Denver Post. The positive test results follow a practice at Coors Field. All other players present for the workout were tested, and they came back negative. Read more here.Even though there won't be fans in attendance, MLB is planning to allow mascots at games, per Wall Street Journal baseball reporter Jared Diamond, who notes the mascots won't be allowed on the field or in other restricted areas. Read more here.JUNE 22As expected the MLBPA has rejected the latest 60-game proposal from owners that also includes an expanded postseason tournament, per Jesse Rogers and Jeff Passan of ESPN.com. Read more here.In the wake of the MLBPA's latest rejection, MLB is prepared to implement a 60-game season, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal. The league asked the players two questions: 1) Can you report to training camps by July 1? 2) Will you agree to the health and safety terms outlined in the operating manual? If the players agree to both measures, a 60-game season for 2020 will take place, and players still have the right to file a grievance over the owners allegedly stalling negotiations. Read more here.Even though commissioner Rob Manfred can order the season, he is not expected to do so immediately, per USA Today's Bob Nightengale. It's currently unclear why. Read more here.The Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox can both host spectators for Major League Baseball games this summer if owners and the MLB Players Association can agree to terms for a pandemic-altered season. Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker declared on Monday that "outdoor spectator sports can resume with no more than 20 percent of seating capacity; concessions permitted with restrictions." Shapiro added that amounts to roughly 8,000 fans per Chicago ballpark. Read more here.JUNE 21As the negotiations between MLB and the MLBPA remain contentious and the two sides have yet to come to an agreement for the 2020 season, the league has attempted to hand players an olive branch. MLB has offered to cancel the expanded playoff field and universal DH for next season if a full campaign cannot be played in 2020, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan. This is included in the latest proposal to play a 60-game season. Read more here.Rob Manfred reportedly told MLBPA chief Tony Clark that a 70-game season would not be possible due to time constraints. The league has a relatively short window before regularly scheduled playoff baseball would begin in October. Plus, teams would have to go through Training Camp 2.0. It's hard to imagine the MLBPA reacting well to this stance. Read more here.JUNE 20Four members of the Yankees organization have tested positive for COVID-19, per George A. King III of the New York Post, who adds that at least three of the people who have contracted the virus are staff members, two of whom work at Steinbrenner Field. Read more here.In wake of the surge of coronavirus cases in Florida and Arizona, USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports all teams will be training at their home facilities. Florida reported over 4,000 new coronavirus cases overnight, while Arizona reported over 3,000 new cases. Read more here.Nightengale also reports that MLB and the MLBPA have agreed to some rule changes if the season every happens. If a game goes into extra innings, each team will start with a runner on second base in each half-inning starting. The two sides are also considering allowing games to end in ties. Read more here.It was a busy day for Nightengale, who would later report that the MLBPA is going to delay the vote on the latest proposal. It was supposed to occur at some point this weekend, but a postponement is in order after spring camps got closed. However, the proposal is still expected to get rejected. Read more here.JUNE 19According to NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Jim Salisbury, five Phillies’ players tested positive for the coronavirus in recent days. Furthermore, three of the team’s staff members also contracted the virus. While eight members of the organization have tested positive for COVID-19, the numbers could be even higher. According to NBC Sports, the team is still awaiting a significant number of test results and there is some concern this could be an even larger outbreak. Read more here.The Toronto Blue Jays on Friday became the second MLB team to shut down their facility due to COVID-19 concerns. Soon after the Phillies confirmed five players and three staff members located in Clearwater, Fla., had tested positive for the coronavirus, ESPN's Jeff Passan tweeted that at least one Toronto player "who recently had spent time with players in the Phillies’ minor-league system" was showing symptoms of the virus. Read more here.The Giants have also closed their spring facility in Arizona after someone who visited the complex started showing symptoms. Read more here.Two unnamed Angels players have contracted COVID-19, GM Billy Epply tells Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register. Eppler didn't divulge any other details regarding the players' identities. Read more here.MLB is reconsidering the notion of bubble sites where players and other team personnel would perform and live during a pandemic-shortened season, according to Jared Diamond and Ben Cohen of the Wall Street Journal. Several teams shutting down their facilities in one day is concerning. Read more here.In the wake of teams closing their facilities, MLB is considering closing all spring camps temporarily. The facilities would get cleaned, and new safety guidelines would be instituted upon re-entry. Read more here.As the MLB and MLB Players Association struggle to come to an agreement to start the season, rumors have spread that superstar agent Scott Boras is pulling strings and manipulating people from both sides for his benefit. Yankees president Randy Levine called out Boras directly, saying he shouldn't be meddling. Boras denied the idea of stirring up ill will between the MLB and MLBPA, telling The Post he is only working in the best interest of his players. Read more here.The MLBPA released a statement saying MLB informed the union that the league will not be making a counter-offer to its last proposal, which was for a 70-game season. It seems the parties are closer to MLB commissioner Rob Manfred naming the length of a season that could last around 48-54 games. Read more here.Owners might be willing to go as high as a 62-game season, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. Owners and players continue to look bad each passing day. They are making headlines for all the wrong reasons. A 62-game season isn't what the players want, but at some point, one of the sides will have to give in. Read more here.JUNE 18The Major League Baseball Players Association has countered an offer made by MLB owners and increased the number of requested regular-season games amid the coronavirus pandemic from 60 to 70. ESPN's Jeff Passan reported that the players would want more games to make up for salaries lost due to the shortened season. Passan adds he believes owners will reject this offer. Read more here.According to a report from Joel Sherman of the New York Post, it sounds like there’s a continuing rift between Major League Baseball and its players, as the owners do not see a pathway to start the 2020 campaign. Read more here.Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times noted that the MLBPA's latest offer has angered owners. In fact, a source on the owners' side told Shaikin the offer sent talks "backwards." Meanwhile, the MLBPA has also clarified there is no "tentative agreement or other agreement" between the players and owners heading into Friday — despite earlier reports to the contrary. Read more here.The league doesn't feel the union's offer of 70 games is feasible. Jon Heyman of MLB Network reported Rob Manfred told MLBPA head Tony Clark that number is "simply impossible" due to a possible second wave of the coronavirus. Read more here.JUNE 17Jon Heyman of MLB Network reported that MLB commissioner Rob Manfred and MLB Players Association executive director Tony Clark had a face-to-face meeting in Arizona that has been described as “productive.” While there is likely a long way to go, any meeting between MLB and the MLBPA that is described as “productive” is a positive sign. Reports of an imminent deal between the two sides surfaced as well, though that news was refuted by the MLBPA. Read more here.While there is no deal in place as of yet, MLB did make a proposal for a 60-game season with full prorated salaries and expanded playoffs, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. MLB is also asking the MLBPA not to file any grievances against the league. A counteroffer is likely, but it may only tack on a few games to the proposed schedule. Read more here.Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported the owners and MLBPA can announce an Opening Day of July 19 if they can agree to terms for the start of the 2020 season by the end of Friday. However, the season's length is still an issue between the two sides. Read more here.Under the latest proposed format, Action Network's Darren Rovell reports that nine players will forfeit more than $20 million in expected salary under this season. For example, Mike Trout is set to lose $23.7 million, Gerrit Cole would lose $22.7 million and Max Scherzer $22.6 million. Read more here.JUNE 16Several MLB players and team staff have reportedly tested positive for COVID-19, adding another complication to the league's messy attempt to start its season, according to a letter from MLB's Deputy Commissioner Dan Halem to Players Association attorney Bruce Meyer. Read more here.After Rob Manfred's remarks on his lack of confidence in the 2020 season happening, Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich of The Athletic reported that at least eight MLB owners do not want the season to start. If eight or more owners are against the season starting, they may be able to keep baseball out of 2020 entirely, which would be a disaster for the league. Read more here.However, according to SportsNet New York’s Andy Martino, Manfred is still interested in making a deal with the players for the 2020 season. While discussions have stalled, with the MLBPA cutting off negotiations and asking Manfred when they can show up and play, some players still think both sides will come back to the table. Read more here.Many players let their voices be heard, making it clear they want to play. Los Angeles Angels three-time Most Valuable Player Mike Trout, Philadelphia Phillies superstar Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer, New York Yankees right-hander Gerrit Cole and several others all have a unified message for Manfred and owners: Tell us when and where. Read more here.Dr. Fauci told Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times that playing baseball until late October is a bad idea. In fact, he "would avoid" that scenario all together, reasoning that "viruses do better when the weather starts to get colder and people start spending more time inside, as opposed to outside." Read more here.JUNE 15MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said on ESPN’s “The Return of Sports” special Monday that he is “not confident” there will be an MLB season this year.Manfred also called the labor negotiations between MLB and the players union during a time of economic uncertainty a “disaster” for the image of the league. Read more here.According to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, MLB sent a letter to players threatening to cancel the season unless they "waived any legal claims against the league," which could mean grievances relating to health, wages, or the length of the season. Read more here. Teams will be able to scout amateur events again, according to ESPN's Kiley McDaniel, and will be allowed to send a maximum of three scouts per event. Read more here.JUNE 14The onus is now on Rob Manfred to decide on terms for the 2020 season. MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported Manfred is expected to mandate a season that is at least 50 games. The league has been advocating for as few as 48 games in negotiations, but players want more than that. Players still have the ability to sit out. Read more here.JUNE 13The MLBPA turned down the owners' latest proposal, and no counteroffer is coming, per ESPN.com’s Jeff Passan. MLBPA executive director Tony Clark's statement was definitive: "Further dialogue with the league would be futile. It’s time to get back to work. Tell us when and where." Rob Manfred can now decide the length of the 2020 regular season. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports the MLBPA wants to see league's plans for beginning the season by Monday. If MLB's plans come quickly, play could start by roughly mid-July. Read more here.An unnamed MLB pitching coach and a player on a 40-man roster have both tested positive for COVID-19, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Sherman writes the player contracted the coronavirus relatively recently, but the pitching coach is recovered after contracting the virus “weeks ago.” Read more here.JUNE 12MLB has submitted a new proposal to the players. The highlights include: 72-game season, 70 percent of prorated salaries (80 percent if there's a postseason) and an opt-out clause. Under the proposal, the season would run from July 14 to Sept. 27, and the players have until June 14 to agree. However, Bob Nightengale of USA Today says the players are expected to reject it before the deadline. Read more here.JUNE 11According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, one owner has already heard from several of his team’s players that they will sit out if Manfred imposes a shortened season. Even knowing they would forfeit their salaries and lose a year of service time, which counts toward becoming a free agent, players are still willing not to take the field. Read more here.JUNE 10USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reported that multiple executives expect Manfred to implement a shortened season without the MLBPA’s approval if a deal can’t be reached, and that the decision could be made within a week. Read more here.Later in the day, MLB Network insider Jon Heyman tweeted he understands the two sides aren't close to putting pen to paper on a deal. One ownership source told Heyman: "We're nowhere." The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich also heard from an ownership source on Tuesday who told them the recent proposal from the players was "a waste of time." Read more here.That said, commissioner Rob Manfred said there will "100 percent" be baseball in 2020, with the season ending by November. Manfred could enforce an agreement between the players and owners that lets him dictate the season's length and provide players with prorated salaries. Read more here.