The 2020 pandemic season brought a lot of changes to baseball. In order to make a season happen, MLB and the Player’s Union had to make sure that their players and staff were kept safe while also making a 60-game season happen.
Part of that included drastic rule changes to MLB. They brought the universal designated hitter to the National League, and they instituted an extra-innings rule that placed a runner on second base. That one arguably was the least well-received.
But MLB also threw in 7-inning doubleheaders to ensure that the full season could be played. It was also designed to ensure that players were able to stay healthy in the process. As it turns out, that rule might not be sticking around for too much longer.
Speaking with media prior to the All-Star Game this week, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred tried to talk about the future of the game. That includes the upcoming labor negotiations that will require the league to get a deal done with the players.
In that conversation, Manfred revealed that the 7-inning doubleheaders will likely be a thing of the past. He also said that the odd extra-innings rule could be done away with as well. Manfred noted that they were part of the pandemic plan and would not be part of the plan beyond this season.
So baseball purists can relax. The game you love appears to be getting back to normal. Now they just have to make sure they can get a deal done and actually start the 2022 season on time.