Sports are back and Blue Wire has you covered. Major League Baseball will be the first of the four major American sports to begin play this week after the pandemic forced the league to delay the start of the season by several months. The 60-game season will start on Thursday with Yankees @ Nationals at 7 P.M. ET and Giants @ Dodgers at 10 P.M. E.T. Every other team will open on Friday.

In addition to the enhanced health & safety procedures (most notably, no spitting), baseball has announced several other new rule changes for this season. Both leagues will now have a universal Designated Hitter for the first time, pitchers will now be required to face a minimum of three batters, and a runner will be placed on 2nd base at the start of each half-inning during extra-inning play.

Blue Wire has local and national coverage on its podcast network, including some of its biggest podcasts like Bronx Pinstripes (NY Yankees Podcast), The Compound with Cubs CF Ian Happ, Cubs Related, and The Walk Off with Holden Kushner and Ryan Spaeder. Here is some of the great recent content from our shows:

Bronx Pinstripes: Yankees crush Mets in exhibition, Domingo German’s flip-flop & Fake crowd noise & A Brief History: Babe Ruth’s bellyache heard ‘round the world

The Compound: Kris Bryant, Who Says No 

Cubs Related: Jason Kipnis & Nico Hoerner’s Roles Clarified, Kyle Hendricks Named Opening Starter

The Walk Off: Mike Schmidt Interview

The Pitching Nerd: Episode 12: Gary Ward

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