Is MLB Prohibiting Spitting And High-Fives?

May 18, 2020

Major League Baseball is continuing to put together a plan for a return and the latest rules could present a big challenge for players and coaches. According to ESPN, there's a new draft of the league's health-and-safety manual and there's talk of processing upward of 10,000 COVID-19 tests per week, overhauling stadiums and in-game settings to encourage social distancing. But that's not all...

There's talk that they could be prohibiting high-fives, fist bumps, and hugs. There goes getting a little love from your teammates after a great hit or defensive play! But wait, there's more...

They might be banning spitting, tobacco use and chewing sunflower seeds. No seeds in the dugout? Have you ever seen the ground of a dugout after a game? There's no way they'll be able to play an entire game without seeds!

Fielders will also be encouraged to move several steps away from the baserunner inbetween pitches.  Coaches won't be allowed to approach baserunners or umpires and players will be told not to socialize with opponents.

Also, each ball will be thrown away after it is touched by multiple players and throwing the ball around the infield will be discouraged.