“Fixing” Baseball: Looking at MLB Fan Suggestions about this Question
The “New York Times” had two days (March 2 and 5) of suggestions about “fixing” baseball. Though the only thing we need to do to fix the game is to get a better Commissioner, this series addresses the best and worst suggests from each article.
PART I: March 2
THE BEST SUGGESTIONS
Some of the suggestions were quite good. I was surprised, to be honest.
For example, Robert from Brooklyn thinks we should have a homerun derby style game finish if teams play the 10th inning to a tie. The idea is similar to the new shootout system NHL has. MLB teams would put in their best pitcher and best hitter. Ten pitches. The most homers wins the game. Frankly, I think it would be a great way to end an extra innings game, but I also am a fan of those innings.
Another good idea came from two people: Limit pick-off attempts. How many times have we seen a pitcher become obsessed with a runner on first, and he throws 3-4 pitches over? It gets annoying quickly. Max in New York and Rick from Florida both said limit the number of pick-off attempts. Rick recommends one throw. I’m not sure this is a suggestion that will speed up the game in general, but I agree with the assessment that it will increase steal attempts and make the game a tad more exciting. Whatcha thing Manfred?
My favorite suggestion by fans in the March 2, 2017 spread came from David W (pg. B10). David suggests banning “all mound visits except when using one of three allotted timeouts per game. I’d add in injury investigations, but David is right. These get to be annoying during the later innings. There’s a chance, I haven’t crunched the number yet though, that limiting these visits would cut a couple minutes off the game in general.
To see my personal recommendations on how to “fix” pace-of-play (which, incidentally, is SHORTER than NFL games, which run 3:12 hours versus MLB 3 hours), check out my post here.
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