New MLB games will start on April 1 and the number of games will increase by two-thirds to about 10,000 per season, the league said.
A spokesperson for the MLB Players Association said the “unexpected increase in demand” would cause the league to have to increase its game schedule.
The spokesperson said the number and the schedule will be announced by the league in late November.
“As a result, the number that we are currently planning to play will be the same as it was in 2016, which is 2,964 games,” the spokesperson said.
“The increase is not a result of any change in our schedule.
The increase will be due to demand.”
The spokesperson also said the MLBPA had a “very, very high level” of communication with the teams involved.
“We have been working closely with the clubs on the schedule and, as we said before, the clubs have been very, very clear that they will continue to be on time for their games,” she said.
The spokesperson confirmed the increase in games was the result of “significant increases in demand for MLB games” and said the league was “confident” it could play a full season in 2020.
New games for 2020 The MLB has previously announced the start of the 2020 season for both the regular season and the postseason.
In addition to the new schedule, the 2018 and 2019 seasons will also be shortened by four weeks each.