Ghost runner for extra innings returning for MLB games in 2022; 'Shohei Ohtani Rule' added

Mar 23, 2022

Major League Baseball has decided to bring back the controversial extra-inning rule for the 2022 season after negotiations with the MLB Players Association on health and safety protocols, a high-ranking MLB executive told USA TODAY Sports. The official spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because an official announcement isn’t expected until the 30 owners vote next week. The owners will also vote to approve expanding the rosters by two players to 28 for the month of April because of the shortened spring. MLB will again have a “ghost runner’’ on second base beginning in the 10th inning of all regular season extra-inning games, which the players union vehemently wanted. The "ghost runner" also had the support of managers and GMs. The rule was initially implemented in 2020 as part of the league's COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

Source: USA Today
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