The MLB Is Considering Starting Extra Innings With A Runner On Second

Yahoo Sports: Major League Baseball plans on testing a rule change in the lowest levels of the minor leagues this season that automatically would place a runner on second base at the start of extra innings, a distinct break from the game’s orthodoxy that nonetheless has wide-ranging support at the highest levels of the league, sources familiar with the plan told Yahoo Sports. …

“Let’s see what it looks like,” said Joe Torre, the longtime major league manager who’s now MLB’s Chief Baseball Officer and a strong proponent of the testing. “It’s not fun to watch when you go through your whole pitching staff and wind up bringing a utility infielder in to pitch. As much as it’s nice to talk about being at an 18-inning game, it takes time. …

While the specifics of the rule are not final, the current plan is to start with a runner on second base in the 10th and every inning thereafter. As baseball grapples with ways to increase action in a game with a record-low rate of balls in play, changing its extra-innings rules emerged as a solution with multiple potential benefits. …

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No chance this actually happens.  But for argument’s sake, HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

What a stupid fucking idea!  Major League Baseball is clueless if they think this will actually be good for the sport.  Let me explain something to you, MLB.  You say that it’s not fun when a team runs out of pitchers and is forced to bring in their left fielder to pitch.  I say that’s wrong.  When a position player comes in to pitch, it’s always hilarious.  When the game is 18-2, it’s not that fun but neither is the game itself at that point.  But when managers and mixing and matching bench players and pitchers, desperate for a run, the game gets weird sometimes and that can result in a non-pitcher on the mound.  And the fans love it.

You want to make the games end faster?  How about you fix the video replay process?  How about you get rid of the manager’s challenge?  I don’t see the problem with a game going into extra innings and taking however long is needed to reach a victor and a loser.  Sticking a runner on second changes the entire game.  The game of baseball is greatly altered with this “rule” and not in a good way.  Innings 1-9 will be handled differently in preparation for possible extra innings.  Does Joe Torre not understand that?  Guy’s been around baseball for a long time.  Then again he botched the Chase Utley thing but I don’t want to get into that.

I know how to fix baseball.  Taking the World Series implications out of the fucking All Star Game.  I’ve complained about that ad nauseam for years and will continue my pursuit of changing what is literally the dumbest rule in sports.  This is a classic case of baseball trying to fix what’s not broken.  Yes, they’re going to test it out in the Minors and elsewhere, and it’s a long road before this change gets brought up to the big leagues (little baseball play on words for ya).  I have my doubts that it will come to fruition at the Major League level.  The players are outspokenly against it OBVIOUSLY.  This is as stupid as it gets and I trust the MLB will have a reality check and fast.


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