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People Are Suddenly Talking About Another Insane Late-Game Idea – Changing the Lineup

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Among hardcore baseball fans, I reckon I would probably be labeled “progressive.” I was in on instant replay from day one, I am into the general idea of a pitch clock, I think sac bunts are for your great grand-pappy, and I support the designated hitter in the National League. I know, I know, you hate a lot of that. But, hey, there are some “new” ideas out there that are way too far-flung for even me.

Take, for example, the idea that MLB has implemented at the lowest levels of the minor leagues, is floating for exhibition games, and, if the slope actually gets slippery, could threaten to lean into actual big league games: starting extra innings with a runner on second base so that the game … ends more quickly? Is more exciting? Ugh. It’s horrible. That kind of *completely* artificial creation just feels like it would fake-ify so much of the game. (Not to mention the fact that you’re guaranteed to see a dang bunt to begin every 10th inning.)

Now there’s an idea floating around out there that is even worse and fake-ifying:

First of all, whoever is IN baseball and actually floating that idea should be fired. Like, if you were just trying to start a conversation? Fine. But if you actually think this is what baseball should do, you have no business directing any portion of this sport.

Second of all … so, a team goes way up in the game on the strength of their entire lineup, has to bat with the bottom of the lineup in the top of the 9th … and then the other team gets to walk it off in the bottom of the 9th with the heart of their order (which, by the way, already put up a three-spot in the 8th inning to get the team within a run)? What sport is that? It ain’t baseball.

I’m not just being a crusty curmudgeon here, right? This idea is actually nearly too silly to even discuss, right?

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.