4. More Rules Designed to Wreak Havoc
Each year, the minors experiment with new rules, so the majors can see how much havoc they cause under meaningless circumstances. This season’s crop is all about speeding up games and getting more balls put in play. Some of the changes are batshit insane, such as backing up the pitcher’s mound two feet. Others should be adopted immediately: One rule attempts to kill the shift by requiring one middle-infielder to be on each side of second base when the pitcher releases. Another would electrify and hurry up the game’s extra innings by starting each half inning with a runner at second base. MiLB began experimenting with this rule last season, and it was a huge hit with fans, with managers (who don’t want to gas their bullpens on an 18-inning game), and with stadium owners (who can’t sell beer after the seventh inning anyway).
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