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MLB: New Pandemic Rules in Place for 2021 Season

After canceling and rescheduling 43 games in the 2020 season, the Major League Baseball and the Players’ Association have agreed to terms to keep players safe and to have a much smoother season.

The biggest and most notable change is that players will now be wearing the same Kinexon contact tracing devices that the NFL and NBA use.

The league has also set parameters on what players can and cannot do on the road since players are not allowed to interact with anybody outside of their traveling team, If they want to visit with their family, it has to be done outside near the hotel.

To limit the amount of time that fans spend in the stadiums, spring training games will be cut to five or seven innings, along with the rules used in the shortened season, the seven-inning doubleheader makeup games, and having a runner start at second base in extra innings.

Along with wearing the contact tracing device, players will also be tested at least once every day starting in spring training through the postseason.

Players who violate any of the safety protocols are subject to loss of pay and or suspensions.

 

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