With baseball’s future in 2020 uncertain, experts are trying to determine how to get as many games as possible into as short a time period as they might have available to them, and the ideas range from clever to bizarre (and several are likely from Rob Manfred’s dream journal about how to speed up pace of play).
In a post by Mark Polishuk at MLB Trade Rumors, the question of tied games was raised, and to whether or not MLB should allow them for the sake of the abbreviated 2020 season. Al wrote about it here, too, on Friday.
While many are firmly on the side of no ties ever no matter what, it does raise the interesting question of what baseball might look like in 2020 and what shortcuts or rule bends teams might have to allow.
What do you guys think, though, tie games or no?
- We’ve been talking about Asian baseball a lot lately, but since it’s the only baseball being played, don’t expect us to stop any time soon. If you need help getting caught up, C. Trent Rosencrans has a good primer. (The Athletic subscription required.)
- Ted Williams once called Steve Dalkowski “the fastest pitcher in baseball.” Dalkowski passed away last week at the age of 80.
- In light of the very gentle punishment received by the Red Sox last week, Rachael McDaniel asks “does cheating actually matter?”
- Jayson Stark revisits the first (and last) home run of Bartolo Colon’s career. (The Athletic subscription required.)
- In an exercise of true madness, TJ Gorsegner makes an all-pitcher roster for the Twins.
- According to Francys Romero on Twitter, long-lingering free agent outfielder Yasiel Puig may finally have a home.
- For kicks, James Fillmore ranks MLB teams but how annoying it would be to have their namesake in your backyard.
- The Cape Cod Baseball League are the first to cancel their 2020 season.
- And move over Kevin Rizzo, because Fergie Jenkins adopted a new puppy this weekend.
And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster. Make it so.