‘Field of Dreams’ game still on, but unlikely to include Yankees, White Sox
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 that were 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.
MLB Network’s John Morosi relayed the league’s statement on the “MLB at Field of Dreams” game.
“To date there has been no change in the status of the event, and we hope to have the option to play,” MLB said in its statement. “Construction is continuing and we are following all CDC and state protocols regarding recommended safety practices, including social distancing, washing hands, and temperature checks before arriving to the site. Safeguarding public health is our top priority. We are monitoring ongoing events and plan to remain as flexible as these circumstances demand.”
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.
One point on @MLB at Field of Dreams Game: It is possible the teams involved will be different than announced last year, since the Yankees and White Sox are not scheduled to play one another this season. Plans could be announced later this week. @MLBNetwork— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) June 30, 2020
While the MLB schedule has yet to be released, it will feature teams playing 40 games within their divisions and 20 games against the corresponding regional division in the other league.
The “Field of Dreams” game was announced last year to great fanfare. The plan was for a temporary 8,000-seat ballpark to be constructed at the popular tourist site where the 1989 film of the same name starring Kevin Costner was filmed.
Given the uncertainty over whether any fans will be able to attend the game, it’s unclear how the league’s plans for the event may be impacted going forward.