Baseball Spring Training In Effect With a Few Changes
By admin - February 16, 2021

With 2021 in effect, the world is still getting used to all of the restrictions and ways to be safe. Sports are no different. Baseball spring training is underway, but with a few changes. Here are the highlights: 

  • Steve Sparks knows it won’t be the same experience but he’s still heading to spring training to broadcast the Houston Astros’ exhibition games on the radio. While he’ll probably have access to the stadium through roped-off areas, it’s not going like if you were  “right next to the bullpen” to watch the prospects and hear them get a few tips from the experienced.
  • He talks about a time being about 10 feet away from Justin Verlander throwing in the bullpen while he kept making adjustments to it, which apparently did wonders for his fastball.
  • Fans were often got really close and most teams let them roam in the backfields. However, this is all changing with the attendance limited to 20 to 25% of the stadium (depending on the city).
  • Even the minor leaguers will have to keep their distance by waiting to train after the big leaguers leave town. 
  • The spring training seems to be a bit less stringent than last year’s because teams based on the east coast, such as the Mets, the Houston, and the Washington Nationals will against only one another. It won’t feel long and drawn out. 
  • They’re deciding on a designated hitter, which would prove better in long-term games. 
  • Adjustments from last season that will stay include the following: extra innings will begin with a runner on second base. Games will last seven innings during doubleheaders