Another New Rule Change Would Make Extra Innings Even More Exciting Than Putting A Runner At Second

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Another New Rule Change Would Make Extra Innings Even More Exciting Than Putting A Runner At Second

Major League Baseball has officially decided to adopt a new rule intended to shorten the length of some games, but for the upcoming season it will affect only teams in the Minors. When the score is tied after nine innings, each team will start its next at bat with a runner on second.

As the new rule stipulates, the runner placed on base must be the last player to bat before the hitter due to lead off the tenth inning. The man at second must also be a player who is still in the game, a detail that could inspire a much better change than the one just announced by MLB.

Consider a rule that allows each manager, in the event the game extends to an extra frame, the option to re-enter a player who had been replaced at some point in the first nine innings. This rule would provide not only a new intrigue to the American Pastime, but also allow the manager to exhibit his strategical prowess.

The skipper would be!limited to just one player to return, so he would have to decide whether to bring back in that lefty specialist he had used in order to get out of a jam back in the eighth or that slugger he had used as a pinch hitter in the ninth. Depending on the situation, the manager might instead choose to put back in the defensive whiz he had pulled earlier for a pinch hitter.

Such a rule change would make the extra innings in baseball games, which have tended to make even more interminable an affair that already takes an average of three hours, much more exciting. It would also make baseball more aligned with the three other major sports in the United States. After all, hockey, football, and basketball already allow players to return to a game from the bench, so why shouldn’t baseball allow for at least one chosen player to go back in.

With the adoption of this proposed rule, fans would never again have to see one of their favorite players head to the clubhouse after he had been lifted from the game. Instead he would have to stick around in the dugout and watch his teammates, since he himself could very well be asked to return.

Obviously the powers that be in Major League Baseball are wanting to somehow make long games more exciting, for they have already called for the tenth inning of all contests in the Minors to open with a runner on second. To create much more excitement, however, they should give the coaching staff the ability to re-insert one player during the extra frame.

Another New Rule Change Would Make Extra Innings Even More Exciting Than Putting A Runner At Second

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