If baseball is to honor the inevitable, then it must not stop at the re-gifted, hassle-free, no-risk intentional walk.
The Braves, for one, can go home now. And take the Twins with them.
If fate has spoken (and been waved toward first base), and 60 seconds are to be gained in a ballgame (or in less than half the ballgames, actually, on average), and pitchers are to be saved from momentary anxiety brought by the approaching yips, and we’re going to have a discussion about which parts of the game no longer need to be played, then why stop at the intentional walk? Indeed, why stop at maybe 60 seconds in maybe fewer than half the ballgames?
Let’s get busy.
Giancarlo Stanton is not required to run out a home run. Waste of time, pageantry and knee cartilage.
Oh-and-2 counts will automatically become 1-and-2 counts. Three-and-oh counts will proceed to 3-and-1. C’mon, they’re going there anyway.
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