MLB drops two hugely unpopular rules


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MLB and the players’ union have finally agreed to lift the lockout and play ball in 2022, ironing out the final details of the 2022-26 collective bargaining agreement (CBA).

With it, there will be a set of new rules; some for 2022, and others for 2023.

In 2023, baseball will be played with widened bases and the change is no longer allowed for defensive players.

Pitchers will also have a pitch clock dictating their pace.

For 2022, however, MLB will drop two highly unpopular rules.

Both rules made baseball weird and no longer belonged in the game

ESPN’s Jesse Rogers explained this in a recent tweet.

“Baseball is really back. Nine-inning doubleheaders and regular extra-innings rules return. The man on the 2nd is a thing of the past,” he said.

That’s right: two rules that originated in the shortened 2020 season, and were used in 2021, will not be part of MLB’s 2022 version.

Most fans hated that the league required a runner on second base to start each extra inning: this runner did nothing to deserve to be there, and some argue that he gave the team an unfair advantage visiting, as he had the chance to tack on plenty of runs before the home club closed the inning (also with a runner at second, but potentially two or three runs behind).

It can be argued that the seven-inning doubles became necessary in the 2020 campaign, at a time when COVID-19 was relatively new and widespread, as the season was short and there was a need to play as many games as possible.

However, they shouldn’t exist under normal circumstances either: a baseball game should last nine innings.




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