Seven-Inning Doubleheaders Bring Drastic Change To Tradition, Strategy

The Red Sox play in their first doubleheader of the season Friday

by Patrick McAvoy

September 4, 2020

Major League Baseball implemented new rules for the 2020 season, and the Boston Red Sox were set to experience one for themselves Friday.

MLB instituted seven-inning games during doubleheaders, rather than the typical nine-inning structure, due to COVID-19.

The minor leagues already have been implementing this rule for multiple years. As this shortened major league season potentially sees more doubleheaders than usual, the change was made for just this season — for now.

Check out what NESN’s Tom Caron, Steve Lyons and MLB Hall of Famer Jim Rice had to say about the new rule in the video above from “Red Sox Gameday Live,” presented by Digital Federal Credit Union.

Thumnail photo via Paul Rutherford/USA TODAY Sports Images

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