More Rob Manfred MLB Rule Changes? Blame Millennials!


A change we can embrace?

MARLBORO, NYSimply aghast is how to describe a baseball news item I read over my morning coffee. At first glance I thought the report was more along the lines of “fake news” made famous by our President. I even looked at the source of the article expecting The Onion to be responsible for my rising blood-pressure. Yet it was neither, and comes from the thoughts of MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, in trying to lure a younger fan base to the American pastime.

A complete and utter mess of a rule change, one that will be tested in a few rookie leagues this season, is to have a runner placed on second base at the start of every extra inning.  Say what!?!  The World Baseball Classic will do likewise but beginning in the 11th frame.  More action and continuous play is said to be the aim of the rule change and one that will lower the 50-something average age fan base that remains baseball’s main demographic.

Going go Blaze, Mr. Manfred?!

Now allow me to rail against a group called Millennials – (I’m looking at you, Destructive DJ Eberle)of which I helped produce one that is currently in college up at SUNY Cortland.  These are the young folk that helped invent participation trophies, selfies from devices that are super-glued to their fingers, and who remain a somewhat materialistic generation.  Did I mention an uninterested form of Attention Deficit Disorder if not driven from some type of technological device?  So there we have it.  Baseball is looking to cater to millennials the same way their parents have for their whole lives.  They are about to help ruin the American institution that is baseball.

We have already seen a loosely applied clock to the time a batter is supposed to be in the batter’s box to help speed up the game and pacify a younger audience.  Any fan-friendly device at the ballpark in between innings is more a tool to distract a certain audience from remembering that they are at a ballgame.  I like my baseball to be baseball and not some game show or circus where t-shirts are propelled from a pressure gun to further insult my attendance at games.

The average time for a Major League game is approximately three hours–the same can be said for an NFL game which is a timed sport.  Never in my life have I ever felt bored at a sporting event and can sit through any game on television.  Why do we need to continually change sports rules to speed up play or resist stoppages?  If sports commissioners continue to tinker with rules they are more apt to alienate an already faithful fan base and I’m growing thin with the NFL as a result.  Somebody will always be happy or unhappy at a sporting event but what’s next for baseball to introduce a new audience?  Two strikes instead of three?  Foul balls count as strike three?  Three balls instead of four for a walk?

Please, Rob Manfred, come to your senses and don’t change the integrity of the game that has been around since the 1900’s.

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A man amongst men. Cheesy Bruin kicked cancer to the curb – twice. The Cheese Man’s a big, tough teddy-bear who survived the Bronx despite being an unabashed Boston Bruins fan and Sargent-At-Arms for Angry Ward’s Urban Spur Posse. Nuff said. Doctors have taken most of this throat and had to make him a new tongue from thigh-meat (his own) and still he won’t shut up about the Bruins, Cowboys, Pirates and Cleveland Cavaliers. And yes, his kids do love him.

  • AngryWard

    I’m with you, Cheeseman. They also want to take away having to throw pitches on an intentional walk. Batter will just walk down to first and that will be it. These are such ridiculous ways to try to speed up the game. It’s like trying to lower your cable bill by getting rid of your $5 a month landline. The game will speed up only when managers stop making pitching changes every other batter. Until then, get used to three- to four-plus hour baseball games, you lousy Millennials.

    • benwhit

      Not having to throw 4 pitches is not exactly a jarring change. I agree that it would do little to speed up the game.

      • All time issues would go away if they allowed beer to be served until the game’s end and had day games.

    • Cheesybruin

      Not sure why the length of a game is such a big deal. Ad dollars mount for MLB and their teams and we get a good chunk of time out of the house with or without the family. And don’t get me started on the price of food and drink at the old ballgame.

    • Self-hit!

  • benwhit

    Wow, that’s a dumb one.

  • Cortland Rugger

    You gotta throw my boy Blaze under the bus?

  • AngryWard

    Man, Manfred must be blinded by the light, with these stupid ideas. I think Dumb Joe Torre is involved as well.

    • Bruce “The Deuce” Springsteen reference not lost on the elders of Mattville…. and no, it is NOT Manfred Man’s song.

      • AngryWard

        No sh!t. Bruce wrote it, but they both recorded that Do Wah Ditty.

  • DJ Eberle

    Hey man, don’t go blaming me. I like baseball just the way it is. However, just because they’re testing this out in a couple MiLB leagues doesn’t mean we’ll see it in the majors. Also, I wouldn’t describe myself as materialistic haha.

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