The 2020 season is going to be remembered for a lot of weird things. Obviously the pandemic, for one. Rule changes are another. For example, teams now only have to complete seven innings for both games of a doubleheader. In that case, a starting pitcher would only have to go seven innings to record a perfect game, no-hitter, or shut out. In turn, fans were asked to vote if they would count a seven inning no-hitter in the record books.
And most were not in favor of it. Can’t say I blame them as we’ve long been taught that a regular baseball game ought to be nine innings long. No-hitting an opposing team across seven innings is impressive, however, it does feel like a cheapened version of the accomplishment. If anything, a seven inning no-hitter ought to be fondly remembered, but I would include a designation about its circumstances. Just not the same, to be honest.
The coolest part of the season thus far is seeing a number of teams advanced to the postseason for the first time in years. The Padres are a fan favorite in this regard. In fact, nearly sixty percent of fans voted for San Diego to be the surprise team this postseason with the White Sox coming in a distant second.
There is a lot to like about this year’s Padres team. Reminds me a bit of the 2015 Astros, to be honest.
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