Best and Worst ‘New York Times’ Suggestions for “Improving” MLB Pace-of-Play
The ‘New York Times’ had two days (March 2 and 5) of suggestions about how to “Fix” Major League 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 think Manfred?
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