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The Best Lefthanded Batters and Lefthanded Pitchers in Baseball

With all the uncertainty about whether there would be a 2020 Major League Baseball Season, and then the health concerns, the revised schedule, the travel restrictions, and the games without fans, we've forgotten about rule changes that will affect the play on the field.  

Here is a quick summary of the rule changes that effect play on the field.  We'll look closer on the rule change that concerns lefthanders the most, the three-batter minimum for relief pitchers.

The Universal Designated-Hitter - National League teams will have to adapt to a game where pitchers do not bat.  Some teams have better DH prospects than others.

Extra Inning Base-Runner - Only 9% of MLB Games in 2019 went to extra innings, so this won't matter in most games.  Starting each extra inning with a runner on second base should promote scoring and prevent extra inning games from lasting too long.

Expanded Roster and Taxi Squad - Expanded rosters gives teams extra pitchers and position players to help them from overworking players early in the season.  It also makes it easier for teams to be able to replace injured and/or sick players as the season progresses.

The Three Batter Minimum - Relief pitchers who enter the game at the start of any inning much pitch to at least three batters.  This rule is intended to speed up the game by reducing the number of pitching changes, but there is some concern that it will eliminate jobs for lefthanded relief specialists who have been trained to pitch to lefthanded batters only.

You can read more about 2020 Rules Changes here

New rules that will affect the 2020 baseball season on the field

July 31- The latest rule change for the 2020 season is that double-header games will be played as 7 inning games rather than 9 inning games.  With the condensed schedule and the hope that every team can play 60 games, there will be a lot of double-headers played later in the season to make up games postponed earlier in the season.  To help keep the players healthy, and limit the time they spend on the field, MLB is instituting this new rule for the remainder of the 2020 season.

The 2020 Major League Baseball Season