Seven-inning doubleheaders could be a way for big league teams to squeeze more games into a condensed season without exhausting pitching staffs, Toronto Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins suggests.
Opening Day has been postponed until at least mid-May because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Blue Jays were set to begin the 2020 season at home against the Boston Red Sox on Thursday afternoon.
Atkins pitched in Cleveland‘s minor league system for five seasons before becoming the Indians’ assistant director of player development. He was hired as Toronto’s general manager in December 2015.
College and minor league teams typically play seven innings in each game of a doubleheader.
Twin bills are rarely scheduled in the majors. But Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black said last week that frequent doubleheaders might be necessary to help fit more games into a shorter window, and New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone brought up seven-inning doubleheaders as well during a conference call Wednesday.
“I think there’s probably some interesting, creative ways to potentially [modify the schedule],” Boone said. “Talk of doubleheaders and whatnot. If you go that route and end up doing a…