Madison Bumgarner made headlines hitting an unofficial no-hitter against the Braves last week. The new doubleheader format that has taken place since the start of the pandemic was designed to encourage health among players. The rule shortened games to seven innings and helped reduce scheduling conflicts and games being cut short due to COVID-19. Some argue that this is not fair because players cannot control the length of the game. In cases like Bumgarner’s, he demonstrated raw talent and could have likely continued the streak if that game had not been cut short. Others prefer the new format and are encouraging it to be the new norm.
Those against the seven-inning game argue the integrity has been sacrificed, and statistics will not be fair. Bumgarner played one of the best games in his entire career, and many fans believe he deserves more recognition for his skills. That being said, the Diamondbacks are supporting him and cheering him on. Even tweeting,” IT COUNT IN OUR BOOK. MADISON BUMGARNER HAS THROWN A NO-HIT GAME!” Technically, this is not the case due to the MLB rule change. But, for avid fans and teammates, it does not make a difference. Bumgarner demonstrated outstanding sportsmanship and dexterity in last week's game that will be remembered for years to come.