The new Collective Bargaining Agreement that was signed by MLB and the Players Association finally put an end to seven-inning doubleheaders and having a runner on second base to start extra innings.
Or so we thought?
Literally less than two weeks after MLB and MLBPA agreed on eliminating the extra-inning rule, it has been re-introduced and will once again plague the game of baseball in 2022.
There are so many problems with this rule beyond the fact that it’s just not baseball.
MLB Insider Ryan M. Spaeder points out a major problem with the rule as it pertains to pitchers who could potentially throw a perfect game and not get a win.
Since were are bringing back the stupid ghost runner, let's hope that 2022 is the year that we see a pitcher toss a Perfect Game and lose, which, because of the dumb rule, could technically happen. Rob Manfred's head would explode.
— Ryan M. Spaeder (@theaceofspaeder) March 22, 2022
Manfred’s Got It All Wrong
This is just one of many problems with the extra-inning runner rule.
If a pitcher throws a perfect game, he should either win or get a no-decision based on what the other pitcher does.
It’s possible that even if a guy throws a perfect game, he could still lose if that runner advances on outs to score.
It’s almost like Rob Manfred wants to keep changing things just for the sake of change, not for the betterment of the game.
What’s even more frustrating about this rule is that it likely will only be used for the regular season and ultimately get scrapped once the postseason comes around.
Which begs the question, if it’s such a great rule, why eliminate it when the postseason arrives?
It should either be kept all year long or scrapped completely, and most fans are in agreement that it should be scrapped.
It just isn’t baseball and Manfred needs to understand this.