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MLB in 2020: A season like no other

The 2020 Major League Baseball season was like no other. Changes and adjustments abounded due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The normal 162-game schedule was restricted to a slate of 60 games, followed by a slightly expanded postseason format. Minor league baseball was canceled altogether.

The designated hitter, formerly used only by the American League since 1973 (Ron Blomberg of the New York Yankees was the first major leaguer to play a game as a DH), was now also employed by the National League.

Rosters were expanded to 28 players when play began in late July.

When postponed games necessitated playing doubleheaders, each game was limited to seven innings. To prevent extraordinarily long games in the interest of player safety, a player was placed on second base at the start of an extra-inning game.

The annual All-Star game was canceled as well as the MLB “Field of Dreams” game scheduled in the Dyersville, Iowa, farm site of the 1989 film, “Field of Dreams.”

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