In the event there is a rain delay during an MLB game this season, there is one significant new rule in place for how it will be handled on the schedule.
Prior to 2020, when the visiting team made 15 outs with the home team leading or the home team made 15 outs regardless of the score, that contest is considered an “official game.” If bad weather forced the game to be postponed before reaching either threshold, it was would be called off and restarted at a later date.
This year, games that didn’t reach the designation of an official will be paused where they are and picked up where they left off once the teams are able to play again. The rule is only in place for the 2020 season in an effort to limit the amount of time players and personnel are on the field.
Once a game reaches the official game status, MLB’s original rain delay rules remain in effect.
- If an official game is called off when the home team is winning, that game is over.
- If an official game is called off when the visiting team took the lead in a previous inning, the game is over.
- If an official game is called off when the visiting team took the lead in the same inning the game was called, the game is suspended and picked up at a later date.
- If an official game is called off when the score is tied, the game is suspended and picked up at a later date.
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