The sport of baseball is notorious for it’s fixed rules and regulations and now the intentional walk is non existent. How interesting. Starting next season, the pitchers signal to the dugout instead of throwing 4 pitches. The goal of this move is to speed up baseball games. I get that. Baseball games are so freaking long and it can get really boring, especially for the impatient younger audience.
The average baseball fan is 53. Yes, you read that correctly, 53. There are many reasons for this but many believe that one of the biggest factors is the length of the game. An average baseball game is 2 hours and 52 minutes. An average hockey game is 2 hours and 20 minutes. That’s not that big of a difference but think of the way the two sports are played.
Hockey is a fast paced sport with a lot of physical contact. Baseball is slow and there is rarely any physical contact.
If the MLB really wants to make these games shorter, why would they change the intentional walk? They rarely occur and take less than a minute. If they were actually serious about this, they might think about limiting the amount of times a pitching coach comes out, or put a time limit between each pitch.
For the life of me, I could not understand why on earth they thought this was a good idea. If anything, you’re cutting a few seconds off, which makes literally no difference. MLB, if you actually think the length of a baseball game is a serious issue, fix it with serious solutions. If not, stick to tradition.