Baseball is a most unfortunate waste of a good game. Nowhere in the world will you find a sport so detailed, with so much potential for action without violence. Yet the game has become incredibly boring, and that is largely because it is so defensive. Pitchers usually strike out the batter, or the batter hits a fly ball that is caught, putting him out. When a good batter comes up, the pitcher just walks him, for fear of a home run.
Major League Baseball is considering some rules changes to make the game more exciting, primarily a pitcher clock. The pitcher will have a 20 second time limit for each pitch, and be penalized if he lets it run out. This is a good change that will at least move the game along, but it doesn’t go far enough. I have a much better suggestion, as follows:
Optional Walking. The batter, if pitched 4 “balls”, should be able to decline the option to walk. Strikes still count, but on the 4th ball, the batter may decline to walk and force the pitcher to pitch again. With each continuing ball, the batter may continue to decline. However, as the strikes still count, the batter would risk being struck out.
That is my proposal. That way, when you see batter after batter struck out, and finally that awesome batter steps up to the plate, the pitcher will no longer be able to pitch four way off plate just to get that batter on first base, and go back to striking out. Remember, it only takes 3 outs to change back to offense. And with 3 plates, a pitcher can walk 3 good batters in a row, still not allowing a run. If the next batter isn’t great, he will most likely either be struck out, tagged out, or hit a fly that will be caught, putting him out. I think this change will allow more runs and make the game somewhat more offensive. Good batters will no longer be a single base walk, but will actually have their fair chance to hit that home run.
What do you all think?