Baseball has made a ton of changes over the years.
From inserting the designated hitter decades ago in the American League to playing around with instant replay and speeding up the game, America’s Pastime hasn’t been afraid to tinker.
But the latest suggestion has me a little more than perplexed.
Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said yesterday that the league is looking into limiting the use of relief pitchers.
The Kansas City Royals used their stifling bullpen last year to propel them to a World Series championship, and other teams have taken note.
The prevailing sentiment in the bigs nowadays is if your starter can give you 6 innings, the bullpen can take over in the 7th, 8th and 9th and locked down a win.
But Manfred says MLB has talked about restricting relievers within a game or an inning, adding he would be “in favour” of such a restriction.
He says the game slows down when relievers are brought in, and says “they actually rob action out of the end of the game.”
I’m perplexed by this decision because limiting relievers will ultimately take money out of their pockets, and it will likely mean rosters would have to expand.
And if offences go crazy because of this proposed new rule, what’s next, limiting the number of at bats for a player?