Friday, June 8, 2012
Constitutional amendments for team sports.
For baseball this means no extra innings. That should help with amendment number one: Regular season games must end within two hours.
Won't that lead to a lot of tie games? Maybe. My implementation suggestion is that only wins count in the standings. That should inspire the head coach (manager) to be aggressive and imaginative to try to win each game.
Extra innings are boring. They quickly devolve into a war of attrition with the game usually being settled when one of the worst pitchers on a team allows runs. Maybe starting pitchers would be used in relief to try to nail down a win within nine innings. If not, too bad.
A tie is as bad as a loss. Take chances. Do unusual stuff. Go for the win. You have nothing to lose. Don't let the game drift into an inconclusive state.
No extra innings!