Harold Capote Fernandez
Despite the great uncertainty that existed around the Major Leagues, motivated by the lockout finally resolved this Thursday, the highest level of the ball previously managed to establish a series of changes that will begin to be applied this 2022 season.
The loudest of them goes through the arrival of the designated hitter to the National League, a regulation that culminates a tradition of more than 140 years in which in the Old Circuit, pitchers had to stand at the plate.
Although this is not to the liking of many, considering it undermines the strategic game characteristic of the circuit, in the same way it brings a series of benefits, among them, being able to take better care of the pitchers, reducing the chances of suffering injuries, it also creates a new job for many sluggers relegated to the bench who will now have more playing time, not to mention that it can extend the careers of many others.
Another of the modifications that will come into force refers to the suppression of the questioned (also by many) Pan-American Rule. Going forward, the Majors will return to the typical rules for games that require additional innings.
Regarding the latter, also derived from the bullfight on the original opening date, the double-header matches announced for the first series of the tournament will be played to 9 innings.
Another of the changes, in which the group of owners made greater emphasis during the negotiations of the new collective agreement (CBA for its acronym in English), goes through the extension of the postseason.
From 10 teams now it goes to 12 teams that will play once the Elimination Round is over.
The format chosen for this innovation contemplates that the first seed will play against the winner of the wild card game, this will be a duel between the 4th and 5th, while the second seed will go against the winner of the confrontation between the 3rd and the 6th
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