MLB Proposes Putting Runner on 2B In Extra Innings of Exhibition Games

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We’ve come to that time of the year again where Major League Baseball proposes something to try their best to speed up the pace of baseball games, increase viewership, and make it America’s pastime again.

This time around, the MLB is proposing to put a runner on second base at the start of the 11th inning (and every inning after that) for the All-Star Game. It would also do the same at the start of the 10th inning for spring training contests.

Just so we’re clear, this process is not going to happen during the regular season and postseason games. Heads would indeed roll.

“Concerned about injuries in games that don’t count, the players’ association isn’t expected to oppose the concept. MLB isn’t considering using the rule in any games that count.

Baseball experimented with the rule last year at the rookie-level Gulf Coast and Arizona leagues.

Unable thus far to negotiate a deal with players for a pitch clock or limits on mound visits, baseball owners discuss their next step this week during meetings that end Thursday in Beverly Hills, California.

Commissioner Rob Manfred met Jan. 23 with union head Tony Clark. Manfred has long vowed to make changes for this season with or without an agreement but says his preference is for a deal and is willing to negotiate the rules.”

Over the course of history, spring training games that remained tied after ten innings were declared ties. The new proposal would still end spring training contests after 10 frames, but add a runner to second base in the final inning.

This would prevent a situation like the 2002 all-star game, which ended in a tie after 11 innings because both teams ran out of pitchers. 

(Associated Press)

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