Tony Clark, executive director of the MLB Ball Pool Association, was very forthright to ask if players would accept the proposal to start extrainnings with a runner at second base.
“No,” was the only thing that exporter told Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sport when he consulted his opinion on this controversial issue.
MLB will implement this new rule this same year in early levels of minor leagues and during the fourth edition of the World Baseball Classic. The idea of the Commissioner’s office is to give dynamism to the parties and avoid long journeys.
Clark extended more in another interview with USA Today Sports, commenting that the players are aware of the advances in the sport and the technologies, but do not consider that such changes should be made.
“There has been a lot of dialogue in the last few years,” Clark told Bob Nightengale. “Changing and making adjustments is becoming more difficult when you see the industry as a whole and how it works.”
“The players are progressive, they understand the innovations, they think about tomorrow and protect themselves from the future,” added the MLB Ball Association.
MLB and Commissioner Rob Mafred have attempted to make modifications that allow them to reduce the duration of matches, their breaks and make it more exciting for a new type of audience. This idea is shared by Joe Torre, now Head of Baseball Operations of that body.
“Let’s see how these changes look,” Torre said earlier this month. “It’s not fun when you have to use your whole pitching body in a game and you have to put a utility pitcher in. As much fun as it is to talk about an 18-innings game, that takes time.”