Monday, December 7, 2020

Newsletter Excerpt, December 7, 2020 -- "Limbo"

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"This week, though, there is just too much that is unknown. The actual rules by which the 2021 season will be played remain up in the air. Most prominent is the question of whether the National League will again have the designated hitter. Tied to that, because the league wants it to be, is how many teams will qualify for the 2021 postseason. If you’re, say, the Cubs, it’s extremely hard to make decisions about adding or not adding a hitter given those two factors."