Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

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
  Tags: don't tell manfred

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


BBTF Partner

Dynasty League Baseball

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Randy Jones
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogIf you want to try the best food from all 30 MLB ballparks, this event is for you
(1 - 11:08am, Aug 23)
Last: Brian

NewsblogOMNICHATTER is King of the News! for August 22, 2019
(53 - 11:05am, Aug 23)
Last: Bote Man

NewsblogRevisiting whether clutch is a skill
(39 - 11:05am, Aug 23)
Last: villageidiom

NewsblogGiants’ Samardzija celebrates 10 years in majors with call for service-time reforms
(27 - 11:03am, Aug 23)
Last: Bote Man

NewsblogAs Clayton Kershaw passes Sandy Koufax in wins, October remains the focus
(5 - 11:02am, Aug 23)
Last: TomH

NewsblogJudge upholds arbitration ruling that Orioles owed Nationals $296.8 million in MASN TV rights dispute
(2 - 10:53am, Aug 23)
Last: Bote Man

NewsblogIs Mike Trout really better than Derek Jeter?
(17 - 10:53am, Aug 23)
Last: Rally

NewsblogWhy Bryce Harper is rooting for Mookie Betts to beat his $330 million deal
(16 - 10:51am, Aug 23)
Last: SoSH U at work

NewsblogOT Soccer Thread - A New Season is Upon Baldrick
(558 - 10:41am, Aug 23)
Last: Topher

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-23-2019
(1 - 10:35am, Aug 23)
Last: Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee)

NewsblogMLB Down The Line Predictions Uncategorized (DO NOT USE) Could Nick Markakis be enshrined? in Cooperstown?
(47 - 10:33am, Aug 23)
Last: Ithaca2323

NewsblogAlex Rodriguez shares painful details of MLB suspension on Danica Patrick's podcast
(6 - 10:17am, Aug 23)
Last: The Duke

NewsblogMLB warns sexual enhancers may include PEDs
(11 - 10:00am, Aug 23)
Last: Yonder Alonso in misguided trousers (cardinal)

NewsblogClemens nixes political run, citing 'climate'
(26 - 9:44am, Aug 23)
Last: Barry`s_Lazy_Boy

NewsblogAlex Cora has bold proposal to cut down on position players pitching
(36 - 9:39am, Aug 23)
Last: Lassus

Page rendered in 0.2673 seconds
46 querie(s) executed