The new MLB rules for 2022: the zombie runner in extra innings, the Ohtani rule, universal designated hitter…

Lace Big leagues They finalized the change of rules on Thursday, a few days before the Opening Day of the season, which was postponed due to negotiations to end the lockout.

The multiple modifications to the templates and the theme of the extra innings stand out.

Despite the relaxation of restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, MLB and the Players Association agreed retain the controversial rule with which each team starts with a runner at second base in the extra episodes in the regular season of 2022.

The modification with the so-called zombie runner was in force in the regular campaigns 2020 and 2021 as part of the adjustments due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Was 78 games that went to extra innings during the shortened 2020 season due to the pandemic and the longest were a pair of 13-inning games in Houston that the Dodgers won on July 29 and the Athletics on August 7. Every previous season, going back to 1901, has had at least one game that has gone 15 innings or more.

Last year, 233 games went to extra innings.and the longest was 16 innings, in the Dodgers’ win at San Diego on August 25.

The agreement regarding the change of game rules will also include expand the squad from 26 to 28 players from the first day of the season, the April 7and until May 1 of this year, due to spring training starting late.

The templates will remain with 28 players until May 1; 26 from May 2 to August 31; and 28 for the rest of the regular season. Last season, teams were limited to 26 from day one through August 31, and were later increased to 28.

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