Just when you thought the 2020 baseball season couldn’t look more bizarre, Major League Baseball and the players union are considering the possibility of having games end in a tie for the first time in the history of the sport, and at the very least, is going to change the format of extra innings.
The two parties have agreed in their proposal this week, obtained by USA TODAY Sports, that they will adopt the minor leagues rule 2020 that each inning after the ninth will start with a runner on second base. In the series, the games will revert to traditional rules.
The union also wants to discuss with the MLB the possibility to change the substitution rules in extra innings, allowing players to re-enter the game among other options.
The two parties, which have not yet reached a labor agreement, agreed this year that a rider will start on second base beginning in the 10th inning of the extra-inning regular season games. The rule has been implemented in the minor leagues, in 2018.
In the agreement, the rider in the second goal would be the last of the last round, unless that player has been replaced. The launcher does not pay an earned run if the runner on second base scores. It would be deemed by the official scorer that he has reached by a commissioning error.
It is possible that the extra-inning rule becomes permanent, but the union agreed to modify the rule to only 2020.
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MLB and the union already agreed to implement a universal DH in 2020 and 2021, as well as expanding the series to 16 teams.
Also in the proposal, the union asked that the players who live with ‘ high risk’ individuals, including a spouse who is pregnant, would also have the right to refuse the 2020 season and still receive the pro rata salary and full-time service. MLB has already agreed to allow “high risk”, the players COVID-19 of the opt-out and continue to be paid. The other players who are not considered ‘ high risk’ can always refuse, but do not pay or receive service time. Two of the game’s biggest stars to Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout and New York Yankees pitcher Gerrit Cole, each have wives who are pregnant and due this summer.
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