Major League Baseball plans on testing a rule change in the lowest levels of the minor leagues this season that automatically would place a runner on second base at the start of extra innings, a distinct break from the game’s orthodoxy that nonetheless has wide-ranging support at the highest levels of the league, sources familiar with the plan told Yahoo Sports…Oh, please. A free runner on second? Baseball is still our national past-time. (Yeah, I know, football is our most popular game). But baseball is summer afternoons, hot dogs, fresh air, sunshine, and a ballet of magical mysticism. Messing with baseball is a fools errand. Having a runner on second, with two out was a drama played out between the runner, the shortstop and the pitcher. It is a ballet of inches and milliseconds. Yet, the runner had to earn second base.He had to work to get there.
And MLB wants to give that away. It's a horrible idea and baseball will be lesser for it.