Baseball will certainly look different in 2020 — that is, if the season is able to start later this month.
Designated hitters in the National League. A runner on second base to start extra innings. No fans in the stands.
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But it won't just be the absence of fans that will make the stands look different this coming season. At Fenway Park, crews are making changes to encourage and ensure social distancing when games take place.
As captured by reporters in attendance for the team's next intrasquad scrimmage Wednesday, the Red Sox added auxiliary dugout space by building tents alongside the existing dugout.
The added dugout space is the newest change to Fenway Park in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Other changes include additional bullpen space, batting cages and weight rooms in the concourses and converting luxury suites into two-player locker room areas.
The Sox are scheduled to host the Blue Jays for exhibition games next Tuesday and Wednesday before opening the 60-game regular season at Fenway against the Orioles on July 24.