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Quick Hit: To Live And Die by the 10th Inning Runner

I don't care how many times the Yankees win games thanks to the 10th inning runner rule. It isn't baseball. The Yankees lost 6-5 tonight...



Robert Malchman
Robert Malchman
Jul 10, 2022

I am a Baseball Purist -- I wish the dh had never been invented. But I've come to appreciate the ghost runner for exactly the reason I hate the dh: It increases strategy and puts a premium on fundamental baseball. In a time of the hegemony of Three True Outcomes, extra innings now focuses on moving the runner by scoring on a base hit, a sacrifice bunt, a stolen base, or artful hitting to right side of the infield (or a deep fly to right to tag up on). Strikeouts are disastrous. Home runs are superfluous. Walks, as always, are walks. The ghost runner has added real excitement, and while the Purist in me is offended by it, …


Paul Semendinger
Paul Semendinger
Jul 10, 2022

Imaginary runners is one of the worst ideas baseball has come up with - ever!

Jul 10, 2022
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blasting loud and terrible music incessantly throughout the course of the games is far, far worse...and the mistake is amplified by the utterly third-rate sound systems..

HOWEVER, perhaps you would do well to explain just why you think that the attempt to shorten the overtime innings is so wrong-headed

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