As everybody knows, there have been no sports throughout the whole coronavirus pandemic. In a regular year, the hockey and basketball playoffs would be going on right now. Plus, the baseball season would be about a month and a half old. Out of the 3 sports that would be going on, baseball certainly has been trying the hardest to get their sport back as soon as possible. The MLB owners have proposed a plan to the players and negotiations are going on right now. Here are the 5 main points on how the game would change this season.
1. 30 Man Roster The MLB has had a 25 man roster for many years, but this would change in the owner's proposal. Before the season was pushed back, the MLB passed a rule to switch to a 26 man roster so the rule would have changed anyway. This rule would be in place because the teams would have to play tons of games in a small amount of days. This rule would help prevent injury and let players have more rest throughout the season.
2. 82 Game Schedule The MLB season was supposed to start on March 26th this year, but it obviously did not happen. The new schedule would have the season starting on July 4th weekend. The MLB would have to make this season shorter because if they stayed with a 162 game season, seasons in the future would be messed up. This could make the season much more exciting because every game means 2 times more. Teams that are borderline playoff teams have a much better chance of making it. If a team has a great month, that greatly increases their playoff chances. This could be a positive change for the MLB and may be a change that sticks in the future.
3. Universal DH If this rule goes into effect, the National League and American League will both have Designated Hitters. This rule makes sense because it preserves player's energy and cuts down injuries. It allows pitchers to preserve their energy and just focus on pitching. For the players in the field, they will not have to field and hit every day. Players like Cody Bellinger, Bryce Harper, and Christian Yelich play almost every game when they are healthy. It would allow these kinds of players to stay off their feet and stay healthy for the shortened season.
4. Regional Schedule The regional schedule is something that is almost a lock to happen in the MLB this season. Teams would play a lot of divisional games and other teams in the area. For example, the Philadelphia Phillies would play all teams in the NL East and teams like the Pirates, Yankees, Orioles, and Red Sox. All of those teams are geographically close to each other. The MLB would do this so they prevent travel because travel can cause more cases of the virus. The regional schedule is almost guaranteed to happen this MLB season.
5. 14 Team Playoffs Most of the other differences that would happen in the MLB season have a direct effect with either the coronavirus or player health, but this idea seems more just like a test for future years in the MLB. There is really no reason to switch the amount of teams in the playoffs that has anything to do with the shortened season. A 14 team playoff would give more teams a chance to make the playoffs and in the MLB, a team just has to get in and anything can happen. The 14 team playoffs is a test for years to come in the MLB.