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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Townsend (BLS): Report: MLB nearing changes to strike zone and intentional walks

So all this time the four-pitch free pass has been what’s responsible for preventing schoolchildren from seeing the final out of games? Who knew?

As for intentional walks, Stark wrote the following:

  “The change in the intentional-walk rule would end the traditional practice of requiring the pitcher to lob four balls outside the strike zone. Instead, a team could signify it wants to issue an intentional walk, and the hitter would be immediately sent to first base, sources said.”

This is a change that’s been talked about and debated for years. On one hand, a purist might argue that the game needs to be played all the way through, because throwing the pitches could lead to a mistake that alters the game. We’ve seen wild pitches on intentional walks before, so it’s a valid point.

Others would then argue that it doesn’t happen nearly enough to matter or justify wasting another 30-60 seconds. Apparently, the competition committee agrees with the latter opinion, thus meaning the intentional walk as we know it will soon be extinct.


 

 

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