Intentional Walk Rule is an Intentional Balk…again.
Manfred, let me just cut to it, is a poser. He’s a coddler. He’s a whiner. He’s a lawyer. And if you haven’t gotten a sense of my true feelings toward the man who is systematically ruining baseball with all this executive orders, I further state that he has no business running Major League Baseball. His executive order regarding the Intentional Walk (IBB) is another example of his gross disrespect for the sanctity of the game.
This intentional walk rule is just the latest in a line of changes making the game less interactive, less dynamic, and more sanitized and robotic. It’s also a continuation of pandering to the whining fans who don’t even go to games often, or are buried in their phones  as I point out in a piece showing 1500 on phone. The extended netting is another problem.
Manfred argues, poorly and clearly not having done ANY research, the rule will help shorten the game.
No it won’t. In 2015, there was a LEAGUE—as in ALL of MLB—average of roughly .2 intentional walks (IBB) per game; this was a .01 DECREASE from the 2013 average. That translates into one IBB every FIVE games. IBBs take all of 2 minutes to complete, and they count toward pitch count.
The Players Union balked at this with good reason. It’s is nothing more than a bandage covering a wound that doesn’t exist. It’s clear Manfred did no research on this topic. Had he, he’d know it’s pointless…and it has the potential of lengthening games, altering strategy too.
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