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View Poll Results: What would you prefer
Keep the Current System: Play till someone wins, no matter how long it takes 23 88.46%
Find a new System: HR Derby, or other. 0 0%
Allow ties 3 11.54%
Voters: 26. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 06-13-2013, 06:36 PM
 
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I think baseball should have a rule where, after 18 innings, it's called a tie. If two teams are so even that they can go two games without beating each other, then the teams are even and there shouldn't be a winner. I also feel like, at that point, the game just gets tiring, you are putting the pitchers at risk.
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Old 06-13-2013, 06:57 PM
 
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And, as we speak, the third game in 5 days goes into the 18th inning.
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Old 06-13-2013, 07:07 PM
 
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Well, okay, we're approaching three hours of extra innings, so that's a ballgame. You guys can wrap it up now.


No one has scored since the third inning so I think we need to go to the Sudden Death format/ Get the glibbest players from each squad and see which one can recite the most cliches in 40 seconds.
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Old 06-13-2013, 07:10 PM
 
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A's have first and third with one out in the bottom of the 18th...both little blooper flyballs which dropped. Both hitters broke their bats.
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Old 06-13-2013, 07:12 PM
 
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Truth, justice and the Oakland A's triumph 3-2 in 18.
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Old 06-13-2013, 09:45 PM
 
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My Orioles just beat Boston 5-4 in 13 innings.
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Old 06-13-2013, 10:57 PM
 
Location: Mequon, WI
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My Orioles just beat Boston 5-4 in 13 innings.
I know, I watched it! man do I love hearing Gary Thorne call a game, one of the best in MLB.
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Old 06-20-2013, 10:30 PM
 
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Is there any concrete statistics showing an increase in extra inning games? I have heard some people suggest that rosters be allowed to expand to 26 so that an extra bullpen reliever could be added to lessen the strain of extra inning games.
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Old 06-21-2013, 07:04 AM
 
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There should actually be a decline in extra inning games, as game scores increase. The higher the average number of runs, the lower the probability that both teams will have the same number.

However, paradoxically, run scoring is below the historical average pace (which I attribute to the strikeout explosion), and that could be contributing to more than average extra inning games.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/8003

If there turns out to be a higher than usual number of extra inning games this year, it will simply be an anomaly, an outlier, like pitchers getting hit in the head by line drives. Baseball, like everything else, is driven by hysterical overreaction to outliers. Next year, pitchers will be wearing hockey goalie helmets, and there will be home run derbies instead of extra innings, and no matter how bad those ideas turn out to be, they will never be reveresd. Bet on it.

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Old 06-21-2013, 07:32 AM
 
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Baseball, like everything else, is driven by hysterical overreaction to outliers.
The enlargement of the strike zone as a reaction to Roger Maris breaking the Ruth record strikes me as fitting the above description, but otherwise baseball has been slow and conservative about making changes. They corrected the over reaction to Maris in 1969 by re shrinking the strike zone and lowering the mound.
Other major changes such as the DH rule, division play, expansion, the warning then automatic ejection for purpose pitches, the double earflaps for batting helmets, none of those were hysterical reactions to anything.

Ray Chapman was killed by a pitch in 1920. It wasn't until 1953 that the Pirates became the first team to require their players to wear batting helmets and not until 1956 that the league adopted the practice...and then with a grandfather clause that made it an option for players active before the rule. Was that one of those hysterical reactions?

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Next year, pitchers will be wearing hockey goalie helmets, and there will be home run derbies instead of extra innings. Bet on it.
I'll take that bet....what are the stakes?
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