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Some of MLB's spring rule changes have purists shaking heads

No one is too worried about spring training rule changes forced upon baseball by COVID-19 protocols. Even traditionalists understand the need to audible during a pandemic, and we already went through the drill in 2020, so seven-inning games aren’t a shock to the system. There aren’t as many players in camp, which means fewer pitchers are available to get teams through the day. And because the ...

No one is too worried about spring training rule changes forced upon baseball by COVID-19 protocols.

Even traditionalists understand the need to audible during a pandemic, and we already went through the drill in 2020, so seven-inning games aren’t a shock to the system.

There aren’t as many players in camp, which means fewer pitchers are available to get teams through the day. And because the outcomes of the games are meaningless, it doesn’t really matter how many innings are played or whether an inning ends early because a pitcher reached his pitch limit.

“It just keeps

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