-As one of the rule changes in the offing, the National League will usher in the Designated Hitter (DH) rule that the American League has foolishly used for years.
-Next, there'll be no more spitting in the dugouts. Not even littering the dugout floor with empty, moist, spat out peanut shells will be permitted.
-No more communal male showering in the clubhouses. Too dangerous to the health of the millionaires playing a child's sport.
-There'll be no more scenes of pitchers licking their fingers and rubbing their saliva on fresh baseballs. They will have neatly packed wet-wipes in their pockets. Pitchers will be using balls hygienically stuffed in bags specifically for their use.
-No more views of the umpires throwing out fresh balls to the pitchers.
-There will be no fraternizing on the field, in dugouts or in the bullpens. Life threatening.
-Six feet minimum distance will be maintained on the field and in dugouts.
Does that mean that runners may not slide into fielders during play? Does that mean that the defensive players may not "tag out" runners with the ball for fear of spreading the disease? Does that mean that players cannot pat fellow players on the back for doing splendrous things on the field? Does that mean that dugouts, where players sit will have to be extended way out to the ends of the stadium to comply with social distancing? And what do the baseball mavens plan to do if a few players come down with the disease? Cancel games? So many new things to ponder.
But just how will we view the games? From seats in the stadium like in the past? How will they work it out to have families social distancing in the box seats or the bleachers?
How about the vendors hawking beer, soda, peanuts to the fans in the stands? How will they collect payment or make change without fingers contaminating currency and coins?
To throw a monkey wrench into the future of baseball we have to consider that the annual All Star game would have been played this week and no one seems to have been concerned.
Is it possible that many of the players, millionaires many times over, spoiled rotten with their self importance as athletes and peddlers of endorsed products, could have eroded the sport's popularity with the common fan?
What if fans are no longer interested in supporting the players who kneel during the anthem, who defame our flag and demean the democracy that permitted them to attain their great wealth and star-like status?
Let the fans sit back and rethink the importance this kids' game has for them. The baseball is in their hands. Watch out for the spitter. And the kneeler.
Alan Bergstein, lecturer and columnist, is an editorial writer for The NY Jewish Voice and a retired NYC school principal A father of four, he is a Korean War veteran and Jewish activist who is President of the Judeo/Christian Republican Club of Palm Beach County, Florida.