July 13, 2021
Just a couple of notes as we await the start of tonight's All-Star Game from Denver:
- Lone Seattle All-Star Yusei Kikuchi will not appear in tonight's All-Star Game after all. The Japanese lefty is eligible but choosing not to participate and as AL manager Kevin Cash did not want to be "short" a pitcher on his staff, Kikuchi has been replaced with Rays reliever Andrew Kittredge.
- Commissioner Rob Manfred has heard from the fans and in a backhanded way has acknowledged the error of his ways. Ha ha, not really. But he did announce that the seven-inning doubleheader will go away next year. Any doubleheaders in 2022 will be played as whole nine-inning games, as god and the mythical Abner Doubleday intended. Some reporting has suggested we will also see the none-too-soon end of the free baserunner in extra innings fiasco, though that has yet to be conformed by the Commissioner's Office.