This article is part of our Collette Calls series.
I had a radio appearance a few days back in Orlando where I said the 2020 season was going to be a tough one for baseball traditionalists because the season is introducing a high volume of change all at once. The season is essentially being treated as a labratory of sorts to try out a few changes that have been discussed over the years such as the Universal DH, expanded rosters, changing the extra inning rules and adjusting divisions.
Those reading this who consider themselves traditionalists likely will struggle with this abbreviated season as well. It is one thing to look at a league that might have recently migrated from a standard 5x5 format to substitute quality starts and feel pity given the winner of that category may be a single digit number in a single-league format. However, even the traditional 4x4 or 5x5 formats will be impacted this season by a new utilization of pitching. Don't believe me? Consider the following newsbits mined from Jeff Zimmerman's Mining the News column at Fangraphs:
- The Pirates will "probably be a tad more creative" with their fifth spot and look to implement a piggyback system to begin the season. Derek Shelton saw first hand how creative utilization of pitching can work in Tampa Bay, so this is not a new concept for him.
- The Giants are "ready to get weird" and have a plethora of veteran intriguing arms to piecemeal an interesting staff
- Atlanta too is looking at