Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Post-Season Off Days: A Silver Lining in the Rain Clouds?

I'm sure, if you're a baseball person, you've already heard plenty about rain delays and suspended World Series games. If you read here regularly, you've also heard my rant about so many off days during the post-season. Well, the perfect rationalization for those days is that they make it an easy decision to create an official rule requiring that all playoff games go the full 9 innings, or 8 1/2 if the home team is ahead.

This is pretty simple. Any game during the post-season that is started, but not finished, becomes a suspended game, even if only an inning is played. Although if that's the case, then a serious error was made in beginning the game in the first place. The excessive number of off days make it easy to do this without extending the World Series, unless, of course, the suspended game occurs in Game 7.

Pretty simple, right? Hopefully that's the decision that is eventually made by the MLB front office.

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