Baseball Progression Good or Bad For Sport?
Our “favorite pastime” has made some interesting suggestions on how the game should be played moving forward. With Football, Basketball, and Hockey constantly changing, it really has only been Baseball that has stuck to its roots.
There are currently three pending rules that could significantly alter the game.
You don’t even have to go as far back as the 60s and 70s to see the difference in how the game of Football and Basketball has changed. Less than 20 years ago, in each sport, there’s been a substantial amount of rule changes that has altered the game in various ways. Some for the good, and some for the bad.
One of Baseball’s biggest hurdles will be the implementation of a rule that will ultimately condense the length of a game.
In a time where attention spans are getting shorter and shorter, how does Baseball alter the style, without compromising the integrity of the sport? We’ve seen Football and basketball take away the physicality to an extent, which opens the game up to a more finesse style which caters to the internet, and it’s need for highlight updates.
Baseball hasn’t quite caught up to speed with it’s competition, leaving them behind in the popularity race. However, they’ve managed to keep their core audience, but unfortunately is slowly dying away because of the inability to appeal to the youth.
Baseball is finally stepping up to the plate (no pun intended) and here are some of the changes in mind.
Adjusting the bottom of the strike zone to the top of the hitter’s knee. That is an estimated 2 inches from it’s previous spot. Umpires have been increasingly calling strikes on the previous zone, which was the defined as “the hollow beneath the knee cap.” More hittable pitches, leads to more swings, and more action.
Who enjoys waiting for the tedious 4 ball toss on an intentional walk? Baseball is trying to implement a way that the pitcher could signal an intentional walk, therefore, would eliminate the prolonged process.
Very far-fetched and maybe the most impactful one (either good or bad) is the possible rule implementation in OT. To prevent 14,15,16 inning games, each team could start their inning with a man in scoring position. Very similar to the College Football rule of the teams starting the OT on the 25 yard line, each team will have an opportunity to score early. It may not be the cure to shortening the game, but it would spice it up and make each at bat more meaningful than watching a man step up with 2 outs and nobody on base.