Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner during 2020 which has the potential to be shortened MLB Season: derby home-run to end the tied match. And while the idea attracted skeptics from some, New York Yankees legend Alex Rodriguez voiced his agreement.
Speak on ESPN “Wake up!” Tuesday, Rodriguez explained why MLB had to “let it fly” when it came to innovative ideas like Turner.
“In 2020, I like everything,” said Rodriguez, who also encouraged an improved mic for the players. “One thing we must signal to the world is, if you are a traditionalist, Major League Baseball is not for you. If you have a naughty, annoying, crazy idea, make it happen this year. Try it all. Pilot everything.”
This year, more than most is important for MLB to be creative. The COVID-19 pandemic delayed the start of the season, leaving the question whether the health of players or products on the field will suffer as a result. The idea of Turner’s home-run derby – which he is write on Twitter will apply only to this season – potentially helping both problems by limiting the inning pitcher and giving a more interesting ending than bonding.
A home-run derby to break a bound game is one of many potential solutions for MLB. Others include shortening the game to seven innings and scheduling more double headers. The timeline can run out to implement it, though, like Jeff Passan from ESPN reported MLB is considering the return of May (In that scenario, the 30 teams will gather to play in Arizona in several places – including Chase Field – without fans allowed).
The MLB 2020 season might have started the wrong way because of the coronavirus outbreak, but if the league considers innovative ideas like Turner, it could be something to remember.
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