- Jul 18, 2005
Baseball does have to adapt. But this doesn't accomplish anything towards that necessary adaptation. How many games lasted 12 innings last year?Here’s the thing: baseball has to adapt. They have to change. “HAR! GET OFF MY LAWN! I want the same game that they played in 1890! It’s a perfect game!”
It isn’t. Society as a whole has changed dramatically. People don’t have the attention span for a game like baseball. The NFL is constantly tweaking the rules. The game now is much different than it was 20 years ago because they changed the rules and made offense and passing far more prevalent.
You see it as a dumb rule change. I see it as something different and would like to see how it plays out. People want to see runs, not a 12 inning, 4 hour game.
Attention span deficits aren't about runs, they're about holding people's attention, which relates directly to pace of play. Serious pitch clocks and serious directives about hitters staying in the box will take care of about 75% of pace of play issues.