• Ross Atkins floated the potential for holding seven-inning doubleheaders as a option to maximise video games within the MLB season.

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Modified 26 Mar 2020, 01:42 IST

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Toronto Blue Jays normal supervisor Ross Atkins

As MLB continues to search for methods to conduct a season delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, Toronto Blue Jays normal supervisor Ross Atkins has advised the concept of taking part in shortened doubleheaders as a doable answer. 

In a convention name on Wednesday, Atkins floated the potential for holding seven-inning doubleheaders as a option to maximise video games in a season nonetheless with out a particular begin date as gamers stay away from staff services.

The observe is routinely used within the minor leagues, the place Atkins spent 5 years as a pitcher within the Cleveland Indians organisation earlier than becoming a member of that staff’s entrance workplace.

“Possibly that is one thing we have now to think about,” he stated. “For those who’re taking part in doubleheaders, and suppose they’re 9 innings every, the calls for on a pitching workers could be extraordinarily vital.”

Colorado Rockies supervisor Bud Black beforehand acknowledged the probability of including doubleheaders to a condensed schedule and stated he could be open to such a plan.

MLB was to start the 2020 season on Thursday earlier than cancelling all spring coaching video games earlier this month and suspending opening day till at the least mid-Might.

Whereas Atkins sees holding seven-inning doubleheaders as one thing possible, he stopped wanting absolutely supporting the concept.

“You are not taking part in the sport that’s written within the rulebooks,” he stated.

“It isn’t the regulation recreation, it is a completely different recreation. Bullpens and groups are inbuilt a option to play 9 innings. I am certain there are individuals that may problem that and I am not so certain it is one thing we should always do.

“What we have to do is get concepts out the place individuals really feel secure mentioning them after which work by what’s sensible, what is smart, what are the downsides, as a result of there’s going to be draw back, and attempt to weigh these appopriately.”

Revealed 26 Mar 2020, 01:42 IST

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