Buy us some peanuts and cracker jack because the St. Louis Cardinals are back! They begin their 140th season with many of the same pandemic rules that applied last year. However, some will be modified based on the course of the pandemic. Be sure to check regulations whenever you attend a game. 

The MLB has released these outlines for the 2021 season: 

  • The universal DH also is out for 2021 after debuting last year. That means the DH will only be used in AL ballparks, while pitchers are back to hitting in NL ballparks. On Opening Day, Arizona’s Madison Bumgarner — perhaps the most accomplished hitting pitcher of his generation — celebrated with a long double. 
  • Two other rules that were implemented in 2020 to minimize the time spent at the ballpark will return in 2021. First, doubleheaders will once again feature seven-inning games. Also, MLB’s extra-innings rule is back, meaning that beginning in the 10th, a runner will be placed on second base to begin each half-inning.
  • Rosters once again feature 26 players, after expanding in 2020. Roster size will increase to 28 players in September. There will not be a limit to how many pitchers can be on a team’s roster. 
  • Clubs may bring a “Taxi Squad” of up to five players on all road trips, in order to have reinforcements available in the event of injuries or COVID-related issues.  

 As for the fans, the MLB is still requiring all attending the game to follow CDC guidelines. This includes a limited number of fans allowed entry. Masks must be worn, and social distancing will be enforced. Only 6 people will be allowed to sit together, preferably from the same household. 

We can’t wait to cheer on our home team no matter the circumstance! Here’s to a great 2021 season, Go Cardinals!