Yankees reliever Adam Ottavino on the possibility of MLB shortening games for doubleheaders this season: “I don’t want to be marginalized out of the game.”AP
We’re already seeing that nothing in baseball is set in stone this year. Both leagues are using designated hitters, extra-inning games are starting with a runner on second base and teams’ schedules are changing in-season all due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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The Players Association now is pooling players on shortening doubleheaders, Britt Ghiroli of The Athletic reported. Players are being asked to consider playing two seven-inning games, or one nine-inning game and one a seven-inning game.
“I like nine and nine personally,” Yankees reliever Adam Ottavino said Wednesday in a media Zoom call.
Baseball purists surely feel the same, but MLB is going unconventional this season in attempts to keep players safe. Apparently, the league feels two or four fewer innings during doubleheaders would do that.
“I understand the purpose of it, try to make it a little less taxing on everybody,” Ottavino said.
There already has been one doubleheader played this season, as the Cleveland Indians swept the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night, both games lasting nine innings.
Whatever MLB and the Players Association decide going forward, the doubleheader changes would only be for the 2020 season.
“I don’t want to be marginalized out of the game,” he said. “Once we go seven-innings games, it’s a slippery slope there and there are no more relief pitchers or something like that.”
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