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Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Will eliminating one out per inning save baseball? Spoiler alert: No.

The Wall Street Journal posted an article today entitled “A Radical Pitch to Save Baseball.”

To save you a click, the main takeaway is that in order to move the game along more quickly and try to avoid blowouts, they propose a change to the game that would remove one out per inning from a team when they take the lead. So when the score is tied, the game is played as normal. However, when one team takes the lead, they only get two outs per inning, instead of three.

Meaning that if there were two outs while the game was still tied (including 0-0) and then the batting team scored the go-ahead run, the inning would then be over. They describe this as a “Catch-Up” rule and they claim to have run the numbers for 100,000 games and it reportedly makes the games a “whopping” 24 minutes shorter on average.

I mean, if you cut one of my ankles off I’d probably be shorter too, but dear god, why would you do that? It’s a bastardization of a game that doesn’t need changes made at such a fundamental level.

bobm Posted: August 01, 2018 at 07:49 AM | 0 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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