Baseball… Is Back! With Some New Rules

Baseball… Is Back! With Some New Rules

Sports in 2020? It’s possible! Major League Baseball just announced a plan to bring back America’s Pastime, but not without a few coronavirus-related changes.

The news broke on the night of June 23rd that MLB had made plans to return.

Even though 60 games isn’t much, compared to the usual 162-game regular season, fans were excited to see the news. So were the players!

But of course, COVID-19 will change the landscape of the game this year. The league is implementing a 67-page document, full of health and safety precautions, which they say are “necessary to give us the best opportunity to conduct and complete our regular season and postseason.”

Additional rules now include a “Designated Hitter” position on all teams, whereas previously, the DH only existed in the American League. Spitting gum and sunflower seeds, which happens a lot in MLB dugouts, is also banned to prevent the spread of the virus. Not everybody is pleased with these rules, but in the eyes of the League and its Commissioner Rob Manfred, they’ll help keep the game safe.

The new, shortened season is expected to start around July 24-26 and conclude around September 27.

Are you excited that the majors are back? Maybe soon, we’ll see the familiar sights of baseball at our hometown park, too!

 

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