Report: MLB to Experiment With Starting Extra Innings With a Runner on Second Base
For some time now, the powers that be in MLB have been thinking of different ways to speed the game up, because 3 1/2 to 5 hour game are just ridiculous. If you can remember, the seventh inning of Game 5 of the 2016 NLDS took approximately an hour, and the entire game lasted close to five. SPEED IT UP!
Behind the scenes, MLB officials are thinking of new ways to do just that, and it just may upset a bunch of people. According to a report from Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan, MLB is actually planning on starting extra-inning games in the Arizona Fall League and the Gulf Coast League with a runner on second base.
International baseball has been doing this for over ten years and the upcoming World Baseball Classic will also have this regulation in place.
Former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre seems to like the idea.
“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.
“It’s baseball. I’m just trying to get back to that, where this is the game that people come to watch. It doesn’t mean you’re going to score. You’re just trying to play baseball.”
This new regulation could be 100% successful, but don’t expect it to hit the big leagues anytime soon. Riots will start.