January 17, 2021

Which new MLB rules do we love and which should never be seen again? (ESPN)


The 2020 Major League Baseball season was going to be remarkable from the get-go for a number of proposed rule changes. Now that we’re more than a quarter of the way through the season, we have a sense of how much these new rules have had an impact on the game. With that in mind, we checked in with three of ESPN.com’s baseball insiders — Bradford Doolittle, Sam Miller and David Schoenfield — to give us their reads on how these rules are working so far, and whether we should keep them or chuck them into history’s dustbin.

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Extra innings runner on base rule

What we love or hate about it

Bradford Doolittle: It’s a gimmick, and it’s not the way major league games should be decided. I understand that so far, the rule has been popular. But the message the reaction sends is being misinterpreted. What I get from it is that what people like about it is that the rule forces teams to (mostly) think beyond playing for the home run. The strategies that come into play when an inning starts with a runner already on second base are … just baseball, in the way that we’ve mostly known it up to…

Read “Which new MLB rules do we love and which should never be seen again?” at ESPN