I am sure every baseball fan from all around the globe has heard the news that Major League Baseball and Commissioner Bud Selig have announced a new rule that will be effective starting next season. What this new rule consists of is that baseball will let each team get three challenges throughout the course of a game, one challenge each before the 6th inning and two each from the 7th inning on.
So what do I think about this new rule you ask?
Well even if you didn’t ask, I’ll tell you anyway.
I think this new “challenge” rule is absolutely horrible. Let me explain why.
Even though I am a baseball fan, I have to admit that games now-a-days feel like they are getting longer and more boring by the day. A lot of that is due to the lack of talent throughout the league, not having a salary cap, and not knowing anymore who you can trust, since it seems like any player can be a steroid or PED user.
All of those reasons, give or take, can lead to a lack of excitement for a lot of fans and a lot of bad teams playing long and boring games. Most of these fans will decide to change the channel for long periods of time during the game. So in my opinion baseball, since they can’t seem to cut out the drug use, should at least figure out ways to decrease the length of each game. This I believe would increase the amount of fans watching, and staying with the game, which would lead to the start of getting the ratings for baseball back on the rise.
But what did baseball and Selig decide?
The complete opposite.
With this new three challenges to each team per game rule, baseball will now become even more boring to not only the casual fan but to some hardcore fans as well. In my opinion this will hurt the sport and make baseball fall even further behind football in popularity.
At least it was said that no team can challenge any balls and strikes, but let’s not get carried away with the good news. It was also said that if a manager is correct in his challenge, that he will not lose that review and can use it again later in the game. And further more, if both teams somehow use up all three of their reviews, which would mean both managers did a really horrible job at challenging, the umpires can decide to challenge a home run themselves if they feel they messed up the call on the field.
So now a normal nine-inning game can last five hours instead of three to three and a half.
Oh well. At least they should be able to get more calls right — should.