Our colleague Fred sent this to me and suggested he’d post it as a comment if I didn’t put it in a post. It seems to me it’s likely to get more attention for a longer period if it’s in a post, and it’s worthy of discussion.
Every year there is talk about speeding up the game of baseball. Millennials are different, they don’t want to watch the grass grow during the 25 seconds between pitches or watch the pitcher and catcher play catch.
Players are not playing at their best if they stand around and they are not at their best in extra innings.
Here are some ideas for creating more action in a shorter period of time:
- Use the DH in the NL but when the third pitcher enters the game, he goes into the DH spot.
a. The pitcher who last pitched would thereafter be in the DH spot.
- Start all extra innings with a runner on second base. This will shorten the number of extra innings played and keep the game lively in those extra innings.
- Use electronics to call balls and strikes. Less arguing and allows hitters to be more aggressive.
- Reduce the time between innings.
a. Five warm up pitches?
b. Insert more ads during the innings whether it is the announcer reminding viewers that the game is brought to you by X or maybe a graphic somewhere on the screen.
- Electronically reduce the strike zone whenever a pitcher takes too much time. The clock would start when the pitcher has the ball and is within 10 feet of the mound. Maybe 18 to 22 seconds?
- Expand the strike zone electronically whenever a hitter is not ready to hit within 8 seconds between pitches.
- Reduce the strike zone for the next 5 pitches whenever a pitcher puts a pitch more than 6 inches inside and above the shoulders. Less intimidation means more action. The location would be determined electronically.