5 Rule Changes This 2020 MLB Season
Tonight, the wait is finally over! Baseball is back!
Going into the 2020 season back in March, there were already rule changes that would make baseball look different, but now it will be completely different.
Ah, remember when this was the most controversial change to this season? Ha! Times have changed..
Both starters and relievers must face a minimum of 3 batters to the end of a half-inning before a pitching change can be made.
This was a rule that has sparked a lot of debate during the offseason — supposed to help pace of play, which has been a major focus.
DH in Both Leagues
One of the most debated rule changes ever since the American League adopted it in 1973 has finally been ended, well maybe..
This rule change as of right now is only for the 2020 season, but likely to stay in the league after this unprecedented season.
In the 2019 postseason, pitchers went 1 for 60 while hitting. Yes.. It is time to stop setting pitchers up for failure. This rule may just be for the 2020 season, but believe me, it won't be the last year.
Now, the most controversial rule change, probably in the history of the game of baseball.. Starting extra-innings with a runner on 2nd.
A rule that has been tested at the collegiate and minor league level — now will be seen in front of millions this summer. The hope is to eliminate the games that seem to never end — especially when 60 games will be played in 67 days, it makes sense.
Look, if it takes implementing this rule in 2020 to have baseball, I'm ok with it. Now, seeing this rule still in effect in 2021? No thanks.
Baseball fans, including myself, will except everything except running the bases backward this season, but the longevity of this rule simply would be a mistake.
The Use of Replay..
Teams now have just 20 seconds to challenge a call, instead of the previous 30 seconds.
This change is one some may consider under the radar, or swept under the rug. It's minor when looking at it, but may lead to different outcomes.
Should be interesting to see if teams don't use the challenge now with a shorter amount of time given.
Unsportsmanlike Conduct Unacceptable..
To quote the entirety of this new rule: “Players or managers who leave their positions to argue with umpires, come within six feet of an umpire or opposing player or manager for the purpose of argument, or engage in altercations on the field are subject to ejection and discipline, including fines and suspensions.”
You can add in any rule you like, but it will be challenging for most to change the mindset of how baseball has been played forever. Will we see a player or manager suspended for coming within 6 feet to argue a call? Well, depends on who you ask. Many will say they will, until that one play that will change their mind!