Everything about the 2020 MLB season is shortened. In addition to a 60-game season, the league launched new rules to try and get games completed in even less time.
This year, every inning beyond the ninth starts with a runner on second base, an attempt to increase extra-inning scoring and prevent games from going into the 10th, 11th or 12th. Additionally, after the start of the season, MLB and players came to an agreement to reduce doubleheaders to two seven-inning games.
According to the most recent SB Nation Reacts survey, baseball fans aren’t enjoying the rule changes. Fewer than 50% of fans said they like the extra-inning rule, and only about one-quarter of fans hope the rule stays beyond this season.
Results were similar when fans were asked about the doubleheader change. Only 42% of fans are in favor of two seven-inning games.
The main reason for baseball’s doubleheader push is an attempt to complete as many of each team’s 60-game schedule as possible. With multiple teams already dealing with an extended layoff between games due to positive COVID-19 tests, it’s becoming more likely that even with doubleheaders teams will fall short of the 60-game mark.
And that’s another issue fans have with the season.
When asked how many games are needed from a team to enter the playoffs, a plurality of fans said each team needs to complete all 60 games.
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