According to Jeff Passan (Sorry for the autoplay video link) MLB is experimenting with testing a new extra inning rule because apparently kids today have the attention span of a gnat and baseball is boring or some other stupid bullshit.
The rule deviation is simple. When a game goes into extra innings, each team will start with a runner on second base automatically. It’s the sort of bullshit you see in beer league softball and little league baseball when you just want to get the game over with.
MLB will begin testing this new rule in the rookie-level Gulf Cost League and Arizona League this summer. “Let’s see what it looks like,” said Joe Torre. “Fucking stupid” replies every sane baseball fan and player in the world.
Torre continues “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.”
Maybe that’s because when we get into extra innings, the stakes get higher and managers have a tendency to over manage and replace pitchers every other batter. (And often more often.) What’s boring about extra innings is the increased personal changes and the incessant commercial breaks that comes with those changes. How about this instead? When you change pitchers, they are no longer allowed to warm up on the mound. If they were not ready to pitch already they should not have been called into the game. No commercial breaks, just get the pitcher the fuck onto the field and play ball. That will speed up the game. Extra innings are already exciting as it is. When the Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays went into extra innings in last year’s playoffs I was on the edge of my seat, every single pitch. Every single pitch could spell the end of the game.
“What really initiated it is sitting in the dugout in the 15th inning and realizing everybody is going to the plate trying to hit a home run and everyone is trying to end the game themselves,” Torre said. “I don’t know what inning is the right inning. Maybe the 11th or 12th inning. But there are a number of reasons.”
I don’t understand how this proposed rule change will make any difference. Guys are already swinging from the heals regardless of the situation, because that’s the way baseball is these days. The only difference now is guys will be looking for two-run home runs instead of just solo shots.
At this point, why don’t we just stop the game and institute a home-run derby? Or a bunt contest? Or how about we break out the fucking Wiffle balls?
Maybe I’ll just leave you with the thoughts of Noah Syndergaard.