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Talks of the return of Major League Baseball have been nonstop over the last few weeks. While discussions have been contentious between owners and players, there are some topics that will absolutely need to be addressed.
In the latest SB Nation Reacts survey, some of those issues were put to fans of the game.
With the game likely returning to a severely truncated 2020 season, there has been a renewed call to unify both leagues with the addition of a designated hitter in the National League. As a whole, baseball fans are ready for the DH to be universal.
The numbers are slightly skewed by the breakdown between leagues. Adding the DH was almost unanimous among AL voters. NL voters, on the other hand, had a slight majority against the change.
The only NL teams to vote in favor of the DH were the Reds, Cubs, Brewers and Braves.
A change to the DH rule isn’t the only potential hurdle facing MLB rosters when they return. There has also been discussions of changing the roster size for teams – either increasing it to allow teams more flexibility around the unknown, or decreasing to give more control over the risks.
The active roster was already set to expand this year from 25 to 26.
Least important to actual game play, although potentially most restrictive, there also could be limits on what players can and can’t do on the field. This would include spitting, one of the favorite recreations for ball players of all ages.
For some, spitting is just part of the game, others see it as an ugly habit. However, in this time of increased germ awareness, a majority of fans aren’t ready to stop spitting.
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