Major League Baseball and the League’s Players’ Association agreed on health and safety protocols for the 2021 campaign and spring training camp on Monday.
According to the daily New York Post, Major League Baseball would adopt a new way of doing things – similar to the NBA – to identify positive COVID-19 cases and their contacts. We want to keep what worked last year, while drawing inspiration from the successes of other major North American circuits.
The agreement also mentions changes for dual programs. Similar to the shortened season of 2020, the two games will have seven innings rather than nine. If additional innings are necessary, a runner will be immediately positioned on the second pad.
The universal designated hitter rule will not be adopted for 2021, Homer Manfred has reported. According to Yahoo Sports, players would like this position to exist in both the National League and the American League. The league has reportedly refused for now, claiming that the decision was not one of health or safety.
The pitchers and receivers of the various teams will report for their spring camp as of February 17.