What Intentional Walk Change Means for Future of Baseball

Baseball is walking a tightrope ladies and gentlemen. Anchored on one end by 'tradition' and the other by 'future product-quality', Commissioner Rob Manfred and the MLBPA have a tall order ahead of them. 

Like it or not, the two sides who bicker for the sake of bickering will at some point have to come to a head and fix baseball's problem with pace. 

The average game of baseball has only 17 minutes and 58 seconds of actual game play according to a study from 2013.  Full games in 2014 averaged 2 hours and 56 minutes. Commercials made up for 42 minutes and 41 seconds.

Rounding game action to 18 minutes and generously rounding commercials down to 42 minutes... we're left with an hour and 56 minutes of nothing.

No pitches being thrown, no bats being swung, no home runs, no excitement, no nothing.

If you don't think massive chances could be made, you have no idea what you're talking about. Period.

For more on this topic and what it means for the future of baseball long term... check out the live stream of today's episode of 'The FinkelCast' below.


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Joel Finkelman


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