NEW YORK – Ernie Banks said perfectly, “Let’s play two.”
Baseball players just don’t want to play nine innings twice in one day during this season, which is delayed by a pandemic.
As the Cleveland Indians swept the Chicago White Sox in the first bout of the season on Tuesday, union president Tony Clark called Deputy Commissioner Dan Halem and said players might want to consider this year’s reduced twin bills.
The players’ association conducts a survey of members and can offer either two games with seven innings for a double title, or nine innings for the opener and seven per night cascade.
A source confirmed to ESPN that Major League Baseball is testing the opinions of owners and general managers, and the league’s staff is hoping for a decision by Saturday to make changes or leave the rules as they are.
Philadelphia and Toronto are scheduled to accompany the match on Saturday, when Phyllis resumes play after a five-day release. The shutdown time was caused by the expectation to make sure no players or staff were infected during the games against the Miami Marlins last weekend.
General Phyllis Matt Klentak said that seven inning games are possible for the twin account.
“I like nine and nine, personally,” Adam Ottavino said Wednesday. – I don’t want to be marginalized out of the game as soon as we go to the seven-in games, on a slippery slope. “
The official rules of baseball allow juvenile leagues to adopt a rule that assumes that one or both games of the diamond are seven innings. NCAA rules allow you to choose two games with nine innings, seven and nine or two sevens.
The union’s poll was first reported by The Athletic.
“Right now, I don’t think it’s necessary based on how this season has been set up,” said Los Angeles Angels manager Joe Maddon. “If the bipeds get lost for any reason, I’d like to do it as a backup plan.”
Given the current use of pitchers, Maddon said the abbreviated game would be the equivalent of starting the game in the third inning. He could have brought relief sooner.
“The sixth inning, the fifth inning are played differently,” he said.
“You just get to this ninth inning early. The sixth inning, the fifth inning are played differently based on [when] game [is] must end, ” he said.
“You just speed up what you do, just like we do with the season. So I get it in terms of expediency if necessary. … I’m now for anything. I’m not going to speak ill of any now -what are the suggestions when people believe it will help us get through the season to get to the playoffs and conclude them, ”he said.
MLB has already adopted one reduction rule by 2020: each half of each additional submission starts with the runner on the second base.
There were five additional games during the first six days of the season. Four ended with 10 innings and one of 11.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.