Report: Yankees Replaced by Cardinals in MLB Field of Dreams Game vs. White Sox

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJuly 1, 2020

FILE - This March 6, 2012 file photo shows the entrance to the
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The Chicago White Sox are now set to face the St. Louis Cardinals in a regular-season game on Aug. 13 near the Field of Dreams movie site, according to Tommy Birch of the Des Moines Register

The New York Yankees were initially set to face the White Sox in the game, but the 60-game shortened season has led to more regional matchups, leaving the Cardinals to take their place.

The game will be played in a specially constructed stadium in Dyersville, Iowa, where the 1989 movie was filmed.

"We hope to have the option to play," MLB said in a statement, per Ronald Blum of the Associated Press. "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."

"We are monitoring ongoing events and plan to remain as flexible as these circumstances demand," the league added.

Though the newly created stadium is set to hold 8,000 fans, it's currently unclear whether spectators will be allowed to attend amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Despite the adjustments, keeping the White Sox involved likely remains a priority given the spirit of the game.

The film follows Ray Kinsella (played by Kevin Costner), who builds a baseball field in the middle of his Iowa farm. Shoeless Joe Jackson appears out of the cornfield and is soon followed by other members of the 1919 Chicago White Sox.

The new stadium will have an outfield wall—unlike in the original in the film—but it is expected to have windows to show the cornfield.