By Marc Lawrence — If the makeshift 2020 MLB season isn’t dizzying enough, there are also a half-dozen major rule changes that fans should be in tune with. Due to COVID-19, major rule modifications will include: Non-division games versus interleague division rivals: To reduce travel during the pandemic, the streamlined schedule includes 10 games against each divisional opponent, and six games against the ‘natural” interleague rival. In addition teams will paly three or four games against the other interleague teams in the corresponding geographical division … A universal designated hitter: Both leagues will use the DH to avoid overtaxing pitchers by having them hit. Both leagues will use the DH to avoid overtaxing pitchers by having them hit … Runner on second to begin extra innings: During the regular season, every half-inning after the ninth will begin with a runner on second base. If that runner scores, the pitcher won’t be charged with an earned run … To read more of the new 2020 MLB rules click here.
It was learned on Sunday that legendary Hall of Fame golfer Jack Nicklaus and his wife, Barbara, had each contracted the coronavirus and they were isolated at home in North Palm Beach, Florida, from March 13 “until we were done with it” on about April 20 said ESPN. The Golden Bear was willing to shake hands with the Memorial winner, Jon Rahm, but Rahm opted for a fist-bump instead. Nicklaus said that by having the antibodies, “theoretically we can’t get it and can’t give it. That’s a nice position to be in.” It should be noted, however, that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in a June 30 update, said it does not know if people who recover from COVID-19 can be infected again. It also said that even with a positive test for antibodies, “you still should take preventive measures to protect yourself and others.” To which we say slow down, Jack. You’re not necessarily out of the woods just yet.
Grinding Out The Profits
2020 PLAYBOOK Football Preview Guide magazine reports: In analyzing this year’s NFL strength of schedule we do so from the point of view of each team’s opponent’s projected win total for the season. That being the case, the NY Giants will face the toughest schedule while Indianapolis faces the easiest. FYI: New England had the luxury of taking on the softest schedule each of the previous two seasons. This year their foes rank No. 11 overall.