Report: MLB, MLBPA reach deal for health and safety protocols in 2021

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Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association agreed to a deal on health and safety protocols for the 2021 campaign and spring training, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

The agreement includes seven-inning doubleheaders and a rule for extras that will see a runner start at second base to begin an inning, Sherman reports, adding that a universal designated hitter isn't part of the pact.

The MLBPA wants the DH in the NL and AL, but the league doesn't and maintained the matter is not a health and safety issue, adds Hannah Keyser of Yahoo Sports.

NBA-type tracing technology will be used to identify close contacts after a positive COVID-19 result, a source told Sherman.

Pitchers and catchers report for spring training on Feb. 17, and Opening Day is scheduled for April 1.

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