Former Pittsburgh Pirate Dave Parker wore a mask at one time while playing for the Bucs. This illustration gives you an idea what some creative looks are to come. (espn.com file photo)
The New Constitution for Baseball 2020
That’s Amaury News and Commentary
By Amaury Pi-González
This week the Commissioner of Baseball, Rob Manfred, presented to Tony Clark, in charge of the Major League Players Association a 67 page “Operations Manual” for the players union, to review, give their input, recommendations/amendments, and ultimately approval. This one is all about the health of the players and not about the 50-50 sharing of revenues, which still has not been approved. These are all for the 82-game “regular” season. No Spring Training rules are listed here, but they are also very stringent
These are some of the key new “rules”.
-No spitting. -No chewing of gum or anything, including seeds -No sitting next to each other in the dugout -No fighting -No traditional pregame exchange of lineup cards -Coaches must wear masks and no touching of their faces with their hands (including to give signs) -Balls that are in play and touched by player(s) should be removed and exchange for a new baseball. -After an out, players are discouraged from throwing the ball around the infield. -Pitchers should bring their own rosin bag to the mound -Hitters should have their own pine tar and batting donuts that they bring with them to and from the on-deck circle -First and third base coaches must remain in or behind the coach’s box and shall not approach a base-runner, fielder or umpire. -Using the indoor hitting cage is discouraged -Players are not to high-five or any type of demonstration even after a walk-off -No use of saunas, steam rooms or other hydrotherapy at the ballparks clubhouse are prohibited -The duties performed by bat boys/girls will be performed by existing team employees -No Mascots allowed
Traveling to hotels also has restrictions, like no venturing outside the hotel on the road. Cannot use Uber, Taxi, Public Transportation, but only buses provided by the team. While at the hotel, limit the amount of players on each elevator. No congregation in the lobby, player family or friends. And there are more not listed here. Like for team charters to try to use smaller airports if possible. But these will give you an overall flavor of what it would be.
And of course, no fans.
Spring Training rules not listed here.
Stay tuned and stay well.
Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the Spanish radio play by play voice for the Oakland Athletics and does News and Commentary each week at http://www.sportsradioservice.com