MLB to 7 innings....good idea?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clyde View Post
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    It's far-fetched but I do believe MLB at some point will consider changes to the game in order to satisfy their audience. When today's 20 somethings get to 40 somethings will they watch MLB enough to let MLB keep the rules the same?
    I am in the 20 somethings group and I can't name a friend of mine that watches MLB. Yeah we will go to the games every now and again but that's mainly a social thing. On the other hand when its basketball or football season we are very tuned in. The games can be exciting every now and again but for the most part MLB is boring. To clarify, I am only speaking for the people I know and hang around with not the whole age group.
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    I think if a team is up 10+ runs then call it in the 7th but 2-3 run game, keep playing til the 9th

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clyde View Post
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    It's far-fetched but I do believe MLB at some point will consider changes to the game in order to satisfy their audience. When today's 20 somethings get to 40 somethings will they watch MLB enough to let MLB keep the rules the same?
    Its on twitter to read as well without subscribing, I did like little league games being 3 innings! Lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by All State Baseball View Post
    I think if a team is up 10+ runs then call it in the 7th but 2-3 run game, keep playing til the 9th
    So we need a mercy rule in football and basketball as well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweet16 View Post
    So we need a mercy rule in football and basketball as well?
    No they have a clock, they are going to end at a pre-determined time anyway.

    I don't really favor a mercy rule in Baseball either, but what would be wrong with a 10 run 7th inning rule?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweet16 View Post
    So we need a mercy rule in football and basketball as well?
    If a team is down 10 runs at the end of the 7th, what's the point in playing 2 extra innings for nothing? Fans are leaving anyways. The game is pretty much over by that point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jumper_Dad View Post
    No they have a clock, they are going to end at a pre-determined time anyway.

    I don't really favor a mercy rule in Baseball either, but what would be wrong with a 10 run 7th inning rule?
    Quote Originally Posted by All State Baseball View Post
    If a team is down 10 runs at the end of the 7th, what's the point in playing 2 extra innings for nothing? Fans are leaving anyways. The game is pretty much over by that point.
    Not having a clock is the reason not to have a mercy rule. In baseball you don't run out of time. You can make a comeback and not worry about running out of time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweet16 View Post
    Not having a clock is the reason not to have a mercy rule. In baseball you don't run out of time. You can make a comeback and not worry about running out of time.
    You asked why no mercy rule in the other sports, the reason is there is a clock...those games aren't going to drag on and on if there is a blowout, they mercifully will end.

    Can a team comeback from 10 down with 6 outs to go, sure they could...but how often has that ever happened? I'd bet it's happened in a minute number of games. I'm not necessarily for mercy rule in baseball but it doesn't bother me either...players, coaches, fans and announcers pretty much check out when a game get's to that point anyway, so why not end it. Let's say if the game is 10 runs in the 8th or later and it's already lasted over 2:45 minutes (MLB average for 9 innings is right at 3 hours) invoke the mercy rule.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweet16 View Post
    Not having a clock is the reason not to have a mercy rule. In baseball you don't run out of time. You can make a comeback and not worry about running out of time.
    When a basketball team is down 35-40 points they aren't gonna intentionally start fouling to try and come back when they know the game is long over. Baseball is kinda the same way. People start leaving when theirs a 10+ run difference 7 innings or later. No need in continuing playing when the game is well over.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jumper_Dad View Post
    You asked why no mercy rule in the other sports, the reason is there is a clock...those games aren't going to drag on and on if there is a blowout, they mercifully will end.

    Can a team comeback from 10 down with 6 outs to go, sure they could...but how often has that ever happened? I'd bet it's happened in a minute number of games. I'm not necessarily for mercy rule in baseball but it doesn't bother me either...players, coaches, fans and announcers pretty much check out when a game get's to that point anyway, so why not end it. Let's say if the game is 10 runs in the 8th or later and it's already lasted over 2:45 minutes (MLB average for 9 innings is right at 3 hours) invoke the mercy rule.
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    if you cut the season by 33% who is telling the players they will also see a salary cut do to lost revenue?

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    For the record, I don't think the length of the game has any impact on attendance today. As I stated previously, though, it may in the future with a crowd who wants a two-hour game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweet16 View Post
    So we need a mercy rule in football and basketball as well?
    they already exist at the high school level

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    The day that the majors follow the lead of the high schools may be the first.

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    Changes are coming for all professional sports

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    Quote Originally Posted by atm10 View Post
    they already exist at the high school level
    No comparison

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