Dennis Eckersley gave details on how the season can be played | Michael Zagaris / .

Hall of Fame pitcher and analyst for the Boston Red Sox Dennis Eckersley is one of many who was surprised by the drastic changes in the rules that the MLB proposed to the players union to make the season start safely. .

In an interview on NESN’s “After Hours” show, the former pitcher said he has a hard time believing that players can follow all the changes smoothly. “It is going to take some time,” he told Emerson Lotzia. “There are many risks involved for everyone who wants to play. It is ambitious. ”

Eckersley, who played 24 years in the major leagues, said the changes would be difficult for players as they tend to be routine-oriented.

On Thursday, the MLB players association released a formal response to the proposal, including notes on the frequency of testing, protocols for positive COVID-19 cases, player and family protections, and other issues.

Like many around the league, the former Oakland Athletics closer said he expects a strong and clear response from the commissioner’s office.