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MLB Proposes 154-Game Season With Full Pay, Expanded Playoffs, And A DH

MLB proposed Friday for a full 154-game schedule that includes expanded playoffs and a DH in both leagues, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.

This is fantastic news for the baseball community and while the deal hasn’t been accepted, it’s expected to get done. Didn’t make much sense to watch pitchers hit in one league and not in the other either, so this is a win for everybody.

With spring training normally starting in mid-February, the delay to the season buys the league time to handle Covid protocols. For once, something gets done with Rob Manfred behind the wheel.

Written by Gary Sheffield, Jr

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  1. I like the idea of delaying the season a month no matter what. March baseball is reprehensible. The weather is completely awful across half the country in March. Baseball should not be played until April to begin with. It’s the worst cold-weather sport to play or watch. I hope they keep this going.

  2. I guess I am old school but I hate the DH. Especially what it does to pitching decisions. So no, I am not happy to “look forward” to endless late-inning pitching changes and watching marginal hitters strike out swinging for the fence.

  3. How many people can tell their employer um yeah i want full pay and benefits but i will only work 11 months instead of 12 give that a shot and see how far it gets you lol and i have never been a fan of DH either.

  4. I think this is a great idea. 162 is too many games (so is 154). Spring training is too long. March baseball is terrible. Now for some more ideas:

    1. Get the managers out of uniforms. Let them dress like much of the trainer staff with approved team apparel. This would be a big plus promoting clothing available thru team gift shop outlets.

    2. 10 innings max and allow tie games. Do what you want in the 10th inning, make all players eligible, etc. Playoffs/World series let the games play out as they do now.

    3. Batter gets hit above shoulders, the batter is awarded two bases. Below shoulders, one base as they do now.

  5. I used to be anti-DH but after watching Jon Lester and others walk up there and just stand still until they are walked or called out on strikes I’ve changed my tune. I’d rather see guys that at least try to hit.

  6. The Covid rules of 2020 were a decision that had to be made. They weren’t perfect, but it got everyone on the field.

    This season should be a return to normal rules. Keep the 7 inning doubleheaders, as long as everyone gets an equal number of them.

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