How will the extra innings rule impact MLB teams?
Bruce Levine, Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies joined Cole Wright on Cubs 360 Daily to delve into the new rules that will be instilled in the 2020 season. There will be a universal designated hitter, and the postseason will stay at a 10 team pool. However, the one rule that was discussed in detail was a runner will be put on second if a game gets into extra innings.
Kasper was not for this new rule.
“Do I love a runner starting at second base to start extra innings? I don’t,” Kasper said. “I would have been of the mindset of possibly playing 12 innings and if it’s tied, then it finishes that way….My biggest concern…is that a lot of things in moments like this, there’s a precendent that gets set, and it’s really hard to undo those things.”
Deshaies, on the other hand, was in favor of it. However, there was a small change he wanted to make to the rule.
“I like the idea of a man on second…I don’t know if I like the idea of starting it in 10th inning,” Deshaies said. “Maybe play an extra inning or two without it. If you get into the 11th or 12th inning, put that man on second base.”