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Monday, May 08, 2017

Following that Yankees-Cubs marathon, making a case for and against ties in MLB

The one thing I keep coming back to on this subject remains: What is gained by continuing the game past the 13th inning?
Taking Sunday’s example, the Yankees won a game and the Cubs lost. What’s the likelihood that it makes a difference in the standings at the end of the year to have a Yankees W and Cubs L instead of two Ts? There’s a slight chance it will matter, but the odds are very low.
Honestly, though, I’m just not seeing a whole lot of redeeming value to making the teams play into the twilight. There were only 32 games last season that lasted more than 12 innings. Only 14 went past 13 innings and only eight went past 14 innings. If we change those to ties, the standings barely feel an aftershock, much less an earthquake.
Meantime, the stands are completely emptied out, every fan with a “real job” is already asleep and teams are using three pitchers as pinch hitters.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 08, 2017 at 01:40 PM | 97 comment(s)
  Beats: extra innings, ties

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

MLB plans to test new extra-innings rules in rookie ball, with Joe Torre’s approval

Major League Baseball plans on testing a rule change in the lowest levels of the minor leagues this season that automatically would place a runner on second base at the start of extra innings, a distinct break from the game’s orthodoxy that nonetheless has wide-ranging support at the highest levels of the league, sources familiar with the plan told Yahoo Sports.

A derivation of the rule has been used in international baseball for nearly a decade and will be implemented in the World Baseball Classic this spring. MLB’s desire to test it in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League and Arizona League this summer is part of an effort to understand its wide in-game consequences – and whether its implementation at higher levels, and even the major leagues, may be warranted.

“Let’s see what it looks like,” said Joe Torre, the longtime major league manager who’s now MLB’s Chief Baseball Officer and a strong proponent of the testing. “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.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 08, 2017 at 05:54 PM | 143 comment(s)
  Beats: extra innings, pace of play, rule changes

 

 

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