10 contemplated rule changes for 2017 that would revolutionize the sport (time saved is per game)
1. After a home run is hit, the batter just touches home plate without running the bases.Average time saved: 98 seconds.
2. A pitcher gets one free strike per inning. Thus, a three ball, two strike count with bases loaded and two outs, becomes an inning ending punch-out with a wave of the hand. Average time saved: 21 minutes.
3. If a team is ahead by more than four runs in the seventh inning or beyond, they forfeit their right to bat. Average time saved: 36 minutes.
4. One batter on the opposing team can be designated as ineligible for any game. The same player can not be chosen more than once per series. Average time saved: 38 minutes.
5. The third inning, and any extra inning, is three balls and two strikes instead of four and three. Average time saved: 39 minutes.
6. Managers are eliminated. Average time saved: 56 minutes.
7. Home teams get to call games two hours after the first pitch is thrown. The dilemma is the team must make this choice before the game starts. Average time saved 58 minutes.
8. One fan, coming to the park with two screaming children, is chosen to decide when he has had enough and wants to leave. At that point, everyone, including the players, has to go home. Average time saved: 78 minutes
9. There can be only one pitching change per inning, and none in the second, fifth and eighth innings. If a game lasts more than 10 innings, the opposing squad gets to designate the pitcher(s) for the 11th and 12th innings Average time saved: 81 minutes.
10. The season is reduced to 12 games. Average time saved: infinity as baseball dies.