Main League Baseball is switching issues up once more after only one 12 months.
Commissioner Rob Manfred mentioned Tuesday that beginning additional innings with runners on base and seven-inning doubleheaders are toast after this primary 12 months of implementation — and that limiting or banning the defensive shift may restore baseball to its historic roots.
Manfred made the feedback whereas talking to the Baseball Writers’ Affiliation of America earlier than the All-Star Sport:
“I’m hopeful with out going into the specifics of rule by rule, that we are going to have productive conversations with the MLBPA about — I wish to use my phrases — non-radical adjustments to the sport that may restore it to being performed in a approach that’s nearer to I feel what many people get pleasure from traditionally.
“Keep in mind, the sport evolves, proper? What we play at present don’t look all that very like 1971. And the query is, which model would you wish to get to?”
Now admittedly I’m not a seamhead, I’m as informal of a baseball fan as you will get. I wish to get into the game extra, however the way in which the sport is constructed holistically simply doesn’t enable me to take action. I actually get bored approach too simply watching a recreation. And it’s been like that endlessly.
And now, after baseball lastly carried out some attention-grabbing adjustments to make video games go sooner and add a little bit extra pleasure, they’re abandoning the hassle after just one season. On prime of that Manfred appears hell-bent on eliminating the shift and returning baseball to much more predictability. Does that actually make sense?
“Let’s just say you regulated the shift by requiring two infielders each side of second base. What does that do? It makes the game look like what it looked like when I was 12 years old,” he said. “It’s not change. It’s kind of restoration, right? That’s why people are in favor of it. And they do believe, I think front offices in general believe it would have a positive effect on the play of the game.”
I’m not sure ALL of these changes would be positive. Some would, but others would just leave me on the outside looking in again. When I was 12, I could have cared less about the game, it didn’t hold my attention. (And don’t think the league doesn’t know it has a problem attracting youthful followers.) Now as an grownup, I’m looking for my approach to the game however the sport simply retains making it more durable for me.
And “non-radical” options hardly appear to be what’s wanted to show that round.