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Saturday BP: Rules likely to return to normal in 2021

Hello and happy Saturday.

The 2020 MLB season was weird, which every San Francisco Giants fan can attest to. But while lots changed — a shorter, odder schedule, expanded rosters and postseason, a lack of fans, and much more — what most stood out were the in-game rule changes.

There were three:

  • A designated hitter in the National League
  • Seven-inning games for doubleheaders
  • An automatic runner on second base for extra innings

During the week, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred expressed some desire to have the rules stay for 2021.