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Baseball in the Olympics? Not with this rule

Posted on: July 28, 2008 1:19 pm
 
Baseball in the Olympics has always been a tough sell, because it's not practical for baseball to take an "Olympic break" the way the NHL does, and thus it's impossible for the Olympic teams to include the best players in the sport.

That's fine, and maybe baseball and the Olympics are better off just parting ways, as they will after the 2008 Games in Beijing. I say this despite having fully enjoyed my experience covering the 1988 Olympic baseball tournament in Seoul, and despite knowing that many players have treasured their Olympic experiences.

I say this because the International Baseball Federation just adopted a rule crazier than anything Bud Selig has ever suggested for MLB.

Here it is, on the official IBAF website (don't ask me what the A stands for):

"Beginning in the 11th inning and each inning thereafter, base runners will be placed on first and second base with no outs."

Oh, and that's not all. In the 11th inning, the manager can pick any two consecutive batters in his lineup to be at first and second, with the next batter at the plate.

The IBAF said this rule is necessary, because long extra-inning games can cause "scheduling and logistical nightmares."

Sorry, but this is nuts. This is crazy.

This is . . . you know what, maybe this is the way to decide home-field advantage for the World Series!
Category: MLB
Tags: IBAF, Olympics
 
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2008 8:37 am
 

Baseball in the Olympics? Not with this rule

As a matter of fact, there is ties.

IN Japan where saving face is numero uno, ties are

seen as the best outcome possible.

ANy don't say, well who cares about Japan....cause

with umpteen Japanese players in MLB..plenty of gms and

fans care about Japanese players...hence Japanese baseball.

But, I personally agree, ties are stupid in baseball.

as are the Olympics. Why would the US care about baseball in the

Olympics when the rest of the world, except Japan and the caribbean, really

don't have a clue about baseball??????????

If the USA wins the gold, oh, gee, what did you expect.

If the USA loses the gold, oh gee, what has happened, is the earth going to rotate off its axis?

It's a no win prop.




Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2008 8:32 am
 

Baseball in the Olympics? Not with this rule

As well, there should be an additional twist that states,

"should the game enter the 15th inning each team, in serial order of batting order,

shall have players try to score from 2nd on any ball hit to outfield and the first team

to be timed in less than the other team, wins the game."

or alternatively,

"upon reaching the 15th, each team shall have a runner placed on 3rd base and

on the at bat in progress, have to steal home. the first team which fails, shall

be out.......and lose the game."

or alternativelyII

"up the commencement of the 15th inning, the pitcher shall have to pitch with

his eyes blindfolded, the first team to successfully get 3 balls near the catcher

shall win."




Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2008 7:35 am
 

Baseball in the Olympics? Not with this rule

Long, extra-inning games are part of baseball... Don't change the rules of the game to satisfy the committees and people that don't care about the game.  True fans appreciate the fact that a time clock doesn't exist in the game...

 I guess they misheard Tom Hanks, "THERE'S NO TIEING IN BASEBALL."

Wouldn't be the first time something like this happened.  Look at what the IFVB and IOC did for volleyball, took away sideouts and went to rally point scoring all in an effort to speed up the game... took away the ability of teams to make dramatic comebacks (ask Tim Hovland and Mike Dodd about some marathon matches)...

IF IT AIN'T BROKE, DON'T FIX IT!!!



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