Hey all, Steve here.
Let’s face it – 2020 has been an absolute disaster in every way imaginable. We have all had to take a step back from what we consider our normal lives. We have lost some of the little things in life, we’ve lost sports, and most importantly, we have lost countless lives to the pandemic we’ve been living in. So we have had to come up with new normals not matter if we like it or not.
The new normal for a few months there was the back and forth between the MLB players association and the owners. They came to an agreement in March on what a potential pandemic would mean for the game, the players, and the owners. Then…wait for it, they began negotiations to decide what that March agreement REALLY meant. Really? Baseball I love you, but you’re better than that! There is much to work on with that relationship, but I am just thrilled to have baseball back!
No fans, for now, is just fine. They’ve made a valiant attempt at crowd noise and some teams are even utilizing cardboard cutouts of fans in the stands. If anyone important in baseball is reading this – turn the crowd noise UP! Some people are digging it and some have complained since day one. We just have to deal with this for 2020 – it is what it is and clearly we all have a choice regarding what we watch – and I will be watching BASEBALL!
Here are some of the rule changes for 2020:
Universal DH – end of an era for the NL, but all good with me!
Runner on second to begin extra innings – I understand why they are doing this, but it is bush league. Basically in extra-innings there will be a runner on 2nd base to start the inning and that will be the player who made the last out of the previous inning. I don’t like it, but will absolutely live with it in 2020.
Suspended games – if there are any suspended games due to rain before the game is official, the game will be resumed from that point and not started over.
Unsportsmanlike conduct – I love the occasional argument, but this year it just doesn’t seem like a good idea. It’ll be tough to control the competitive emotion on the field, but if a player pr manager leaves their position to argue with an umpire and come within 6 feet of an ump will be subject to disciplinary action. Want to argue? Do it from a distance in 2020!
Wet rag – pitchers will be allowed to carry a small wet rag in their back pocket to use in lieu of licking their fingers.
Alright – now that we’ve got all that out of the way let’s get to our predictions. I’m breaking it down by baseball show on the network and then those not affiliated with a baseball show on the network. Here. We. Go!
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