7-inning Doubleheaders? MLBers Open to Considering New Ideas
TORONTO (AP) — With opening day postponed until at least mid-May, this might be the year the baseball needs to try out some creative ideas. Here's one of them: seven-inning doubleheaders. Those have long been a staple of minor league and college baseball. Doubleheaders are rarely scheduled in Major League Baseball. But with the prospect of a shortened season because of the virus outbreak, shortened twinbills could be a new approach. Toronto Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins and Yankees manager Aaron Boone say seven-inning doubleheaders could add more games in a condensed season without exhausting pitching staffs. The regular season had been scheduled to begin Thursday before being delayed by the virus.