Toronto Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins has made an unorthodox suggestion to squeeze more games into a condensed Major League Baseball season.
With Opening Day postponed until at least mid-May, and likely later, because of the coronavirus pandemic, Atkins has suggested that baseball consider seven-inning doubleheaders.
College and minor league teams typically play seven innings in each game of a doubleheader.
\"Maybe that\'s something we have to consider,\" he said on a conference call.
Still, even Atkins isn\'t entirely sold on the idea.
\"You\'re not playing the game that is written in the rulebooks,\" he said. \"It\'s not the regulation game; it\'s a different game. Bullpens and teams are built in a way to play nine innings. I\'m sure there are people that would challenge that, and I\'m not so sure it\'s something we should do.\"