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#pounditSunday, September 26, 2021

MLB making change to extra innings rules to avoid marathon games in 2020

Rob Manfred

Major League Baseball is hoping to avoid extremely long games in its abbreviated 60-game season, and that is why a new rule is being temporarily implemented for games that go into extra innings.

Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports that MLB will adopt the minor league rule of beginning the 10th inning and beyond with a runner on second base, making it easier for teams to score runs. With a shortened spring training and only 60 games, the goal is to avoid having too many extra frames.

In addition, MLB will also be temporarily allowing a universal designated hitter. The DH will be removed from National League play again in 2021.

MLB and the MLB Players Association had previously been looking into some other extra innings changes for 2020, but it’s unclear if any of those will be implemented. Even if not, having a runner on second base is a good idea that should help move games along. Fans could end up liking it so much that the league makes it a permanent change.

Baseball has needed changes for years, especially ones that will shorten the length of games. A 60-game season will be an opportune time for MLB to experiment with fixing some things.

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