MLB to Test Out New Extra Innings Rule with a Runner on Second Base
Major League Baseball is kicking around the idea of a new rule, where a runner would be automatically placed on second base during Extra Innings. The idea is to settle tied games faster.
Former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre is now baseball's Chief Baseball Officer, and he's all for it. He says they're going to be testing it in the lower levels of the Minor Leagues to see how it affects games.
"Let's see what it looks like. It's not fun to watch when you go through your whole pitching staff and wind up bringing a utility infielder in to pitch. As much as it's nice to talk about being at an 18-inning game, it takes time."
But baseball purists don't need to freak out yet, even if the experiment is a success, it would probably take years for the Majors to adopt the changes. After all, everything in baseball moves at a snail's pace.
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