The truncated schedule means Iowa will see a different team in place of the Yankees. Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Cardinals replace Yankees for MLB Field of Dreams game versus White Sox

This year's MLB Field of Dreams game is still scheduled for Aug. 13 at the hallowed Dyersville, Iowa site made famous by the iconic baseball film despite the coronavirus pandemic.

It will, however, have a different look than expected, most likely in multiple ways.

On Wednesday, Bruce Levine of Chicago sports radio station WSCR-AM tweeted that the St. Louis Cardinals are replacing the New York Yankees to face the Chicago White Sox at the movie site. Tommy Birch of the Des Moines Register later confirmed the report.

The 60-game schedule agreed upon by league owners and the MLB Players Association eliminated the Yankees from contention for the Field of Dreams game since clubs will only play opponents across the same division from both leagues (i.e American League Central clubs will face AL Central and National League Central opponents).

The Associated Press (h/t ESPN) added that it's not known if fans will be allowed to attend the game due to the uncontrolled virus outbreak. A temporary 8,000-seat stadium is planned for the site.

In June, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced that outdoor venues such as MLB ballparks in the state could be filled to 20-percent capacity. With coronavirus cases rising throughout the country weeks before the league's tentative Opening Day of July 23, though, anybody trying to predict attendance guidelines and protocols today for a game played on Aug. 13 would merely be guessing. 

Zac Wassink is a football and futbol aficionado who is a PFWA member and is probably yelling about Tottenham Hotspur at the moment. Erik Lamela and Eli Manning apologist. Chanted for Matt Harvey to start the ninth inning of Game 5 of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field. Whoops. You can find him on Twitter at @ZacWassink

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