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Thursday, February 23, 2017

10 Revolutionary Ideas to Save Time and the Game of Baseball

THIS POST NOW APPEARS IN THE SPORTS SECTION OF THE NEW YORK TIMES IN AN ARTICLE ENTITLED "BASEBALL'S SLOW. TOO SLOW, HERE'S HOW YOU FIX IT."

("Coming in 2017: Intentional Walks Without Pitches")

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.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

11. All games are decided at the beginning by a coin toss. Average time saved: 3 hours 10 minutes.

12. The World Series winner is decided at the beginning of the season by an algorithm. Average time saved: forever.

TF

Anonymous said...

There once was a time when we would pass time with our national pastime but now it is past time for our pastime.


JE

harvey leeds said...

I agree just flip a coin to decide who wins the game!! Then the visiting team picks a food concession and they have an eating contest!!

Robert said...

Give Harvey Leeds 24 hours and a piece of paper and the game of baseball will be changed forever.

R

Bruce Egert said...

Relief pitcher must face one full batter and no more than one more reliever per inning.