Austin Troutman – Staff Writer
“America’s Pastime” has been entertaining millions of fans every year for over a century.
Major League Baseball is a classic sport that has an entirely different element to it than any other sport in the world.
Baseball is virtually the only sport without a set of standard dimensions, and that reason, along with others, creates a sense of uniqueness that cannot be offered by other sports.
Even though baseball is a classic game that goes back generations, people are still trying to change the sport in many areas.
From pitch clocks, automated strike zones, changing extra innings rules and more, people want to adapt MLB.
The truth in all of this is that the game of baseball does not need these changes.
Fans used to love going to the ballpark to possibly see arguments leading to ejections on a bad call.
Nowadays, the only debated by players and umpires are on plays that are not reviewable, such as balls and strikes.
The old beauty of the game was the possibility of human error possibly interfering in a game.
Now, baseball has resorted to replay, which has gotten better recently, but still has not reached its potential.
Replay was designed to help the umpires on the field by determining whether close plays were correct.
When this system was first created, the reviewed plays seemingly took forever to determine and made the wrong call anyway.
Since then, replay has made great strides to make quicker decisions, but the system still has some flaws.
Many people think that replay reviews in baseball should be quick with a definitive answer on every play.
Some calls are ruled as “call stands,” which means that the ruling on the field was too close to overturn, and a lot of people see no place for rulings such as these.
Besides replay, people are talking about creating an alternative to extra inning games so teams would not have to play as long.
While there have been many theories to changing extra innings, only a few respectable people in the baseball community have given thought to this scenario.
The biggest idea for an extra innings shift was used in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, and was quickly denied by MLB.
The format was implemented in every inning after the tenth inning, and placed runners on first and second base to begin the inning.
The idea was enjoyable in the WBC, but the MLB decided that the idea would not be seen, at least in the next couple of years.
Too many people want to change a classic game into one that fits into certain time constraints, has robotic umpires and eliminates the human side of the sport.