NEW YORK – Ernie Banks famously said, “Let’s play two.”
During this late season pandemic, baseball players may not want to play twice in one day or twice a day.
While the Cleveland Indians swept the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday in the first double of the season, union leader Tony Clark called Deputy Commissioner Dan Hal and said players could consider shortened bills for the twins this year.
The players’ association examines the members and can suggest two seven-inning games for the doubleheader or nine innings for the opener and seven for the nightcap.
A source confirmed to ESPN that Major League Baseball is checking the views of owners and general managers, and the league staff hopes to decide to change or leave the rules as they are on Saturday.
Philadelphia and Toronto are scheduled to doublehead on Saturday as the Phillies continue to play after their five-day release. Free time was due to waiting to make sure that no player or staff were infected during the games against the Miami Marlins last weekend.
Phillies General Matt Klentak said seven-inning games are possible for the pair.
“I like nine and nine, personally,” Yankees agent Adam Ottavino said on Wednesday. “I don’t want to be on the edge of the game, as soon as we go for seven attempts, a slippery slope.”
Official baseball rules allow smaller leagues to adopt the rule, provided that one or both singles games are seven innings. The NCAA rules allow you to choose from two nine game games, seven, nine or two sevens.
The union survey was published for the first time by Athletics.
“Right now, I don’t think it’s necessary based on how this season was created,” said Los Angeles Angels manager Joe Maddon. “If the double stars had to accumulate for any reason, I would have it as a contingency plan. “
Due to the modern use of pitchers, Maddon said that a shortened game would be equivalent to starting the game in the third inning. He could have brought relief sooner.
“Sixth inning, fifth inning play differently,” he said.
“You’ll get to that ninth upgrade much sooner. Sixth innings, fifth innings play differently based on [when] he plays [is] he should have come to a conclusion, ” he said.
“You’re just accelerating what you’re doing, just like we do with the season. So I understand this in terms of effectiveness, if necessary. … I’m on anything right now. now I’m not going to talk about any kind of proposals when people believe it will help us overcome the season, go to the playoffs and close them, “he said.
MLB has already adopted one reduction rule for 2020: Each half of each subsequent shift starts with runners on a second basis.
Five additional games took place during the first six days of the season. Four finished in 10 innings and one in 11.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.