I don’t see the big deal and the outrage from baseball purists on the possible change to extra innings.
This season, the minor leagues will experiment with adding a runner to start extra innings, or doing so in the 11th or 12th inning.
Yes, fans get worked up about a game that goes 14, 15 innings or more. But it also leaves bullpens thin and usually ends up with a utility infielder pitching.
Baseball is already the longest game out there, as well as the slowest moving. It only makes sense in this day and age for the league to look at ways to make sure it doesn’t drag on any longer.
Attention spans continue to drop and it’s impacting sports.
The NHL has changed its overtime, whittling it down to a three-on-three before a shootout.
Guess what? Fans love the three-on-three.
So why not add a little spice to extra innings and ensure games don’t go four of five hours? Purists be damned.
Both teams will have an equal chance to score, which is better than what we got on Super Bowl Sunday.