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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Should players be allowed to climb over the fence and camp out under a home run?

I say let them climb the fences, they’re only doing jobs Americans don’t want to do.

Pros to changing the rule

It would be something that came up about .0004% of the time. We could go an entire season or two without a player even attempting it. Then, when the stars align and a ball is hit just right in the perfect spot at the appropriate ballpark: magic. Pure, unadulterated magic.

It would happen infrequently enough that baseball would essentially be adding something as rare as a perfect game to the schedule every couple years, another moment that would be talked about, shared, written about and gushed over. You know what kids like? Pretending to rob home runs in back yards. In this scenario, they can climb the fence and screw up Mrs. McGargen’s radishes, and it would be even cooler. That’s how to get kids in the game.

Home runs would suddenly have an extra will-it-or-won’t-it, an uh-oh that wasn’t there before. And here we are, focusing on the successful attempts. What about the unsuccessful attempts? What about the players climbing to the top of the fence, and then falling into the abyss as a ball sails over their head? What about the players climbing the fence and disappearing, only to realize the ball is 58 rows up?

The failures are the real prize here. The successes are just the Cracker Jack.

Scaling the fence would highlight athleticism like no other play in baseball. Imagine a no-doubt homer that sent an outfielder streaking for the fence, just in case he could scale it in time to get in position. It would be rare enough to be a treat, not a rule change that wholly changed every single game. This isn’t eight fielders or expanding the foul lines. Just a simple exhortation to catch the ball that is hit, wherever it goes.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 16, 2015 at 06:00 PM | 19 comment(s)
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