Let’s be honest, you don’t care how long the Baseball game takes. You don’t care if it goes into the 18th inning. Deep down inside, all you want is more action. Your beloved NFL games are 45 minutes longer than even 10 years ago and you flock to the TV. Your College Football game on average takes 3 hours 26 minutes which is about 20 minutes longer than the average Baseball game, but you love it. The difference…ACTION. So, all we need to do is create more action in Baseball, there problem solved, right? Well, that is easier said than done. We have to do this by keeping the game still intact, not stretch history too much and somehow not make records of the past, present, and future fall by the wayside.
First, lets shorten the regular season to 100 games. That will create a little more urgency per game without taking too much away from its original set. Urgency is important to action, just ask the College Football fan who needs their team to go undefeated. Every game matters. Next, we lower the mound. That will give the hitters a better eye on the ball and pitches will be easier to hit. Lets be honest, since steroids has been taken out of the game for the most part hits are down, which means base runners are down, which means runs are down. Pitchers duels are great, but lack action, and isn’t that what we are looking for? Last, let us shrink the strike zone. Shrinking the strike zone means more walks, more hits, which creates more base runners. More base runners means more steals, more steals means more runs. More runners heading home means more plays at the plate. More plays at all bases create more runs which means we have MORE ACTION. Now, that 4 and a half hour Baseball game is fun and exciting, because action has kept you engaged and you forgot about the time it took to watch. Problem solved….