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Thoughts on the 2020 baseball season so far, Part One

Added 09-27-20 06:31:02pm EST - “Baseball wraps up its regular season today. On Tuesday, the playoffs will commence with 16 of MLB's 30 teams participating. The most important thing about this year's season is that it happened. Baseball didn't go dark in the year…” - Powerlineblog.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Powerlineblog.com: “Thoughts on the 2020 baseball season so far, Part One”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Baseball wraps up its regular season today. On Tuesday, the playoffs will commence with 16 of MLB’s 30 teams participating.

The most important thing about this year’s season is that it happened. Baseball didn’t go dark in the year of the pandemic, despite the entreaties of so many nay-sayers, including plenty of sportswriters.

Baseball pulled off the season. Two teams had to shut down for extended periods. However, it looks like every team will play the “full” 60 game schedule except for St. Louis, which will play 58.

Baseball made three important rule changes due to the pandemic. First, doubleheader games were shortened to seven innings because, in the quest to get every team to 60 games, there were so many of them.

Second, MLB implemented the approach used by the minor leagues to settle extra inning games. Instead of playing normal innings, each extra frame began with a runner on second base and no outs. This significantly increased the likelihood of the game ending after just one or two extra innings. The rationale was that, with the pileup of games and the issues of team travel during a pandemic, games shouldn’t drag on for 13 innings or more.

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