Major League Baseball and it’s rule changes. Lately, it’s almost like they’ve been trying to change the game… Well, that’s actually exactly what they’ve been doing. With tv ratings taking a nose dive, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred seems to be dong everything in his power to give the fans what they want- a fast-paced game.
The only problem with that… Baseball isn’t and will never be a “fast-paced game” (if played properly).
Tuesday, the league decided to do away with the intentional-walk effective immediately for the 2017 Season. No more 4 pitch pitch-out just to take your base. Instead, there will be a dugout signal for the pitcher to initiate the walk.
Personally, I believe that’s garbage.. Here’s why:
- You eliminate the possibility of a wild pitch from a pitcher that may be tired or not so accurate, or whatever the case may be.
- Piggy-backing off the previous thought, you eliminate the possibility of runners gaining an extra base on pitcher error. That means, a potential game-winning steal of home.
- It ruins the integrity of the game. Too much change is sometimes not good, and in this case it’s changing a historical game in a big way
But it doesn’t stop there. Major League Baseball is also planning on limiting the number of times and time itself, that managers can visit the mound among other big change possibilities still in the works.
Can’t we go back to the good ol’ days where Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire were smashing multiple HR’s on a daily and fans were going nuts (including myself)?