Column: Let's make baseball weirder with even more new rules
August 2, 2020
The stat geeks are all excited, even if no one else seems to be. They've spent the first days of the baseball season analyzing a bunch of new numbers that show the possibilities — and probabilities — of runners scoring after being put on second base to open extra innings.
What they've found is interesting enough, though the sample size is small. Still, deciding whether to bunt or not with the first batter has at least introduced a bit of strategy into a game that in recent times has seemed intent on eliminating any deep thoughts.
Assuming the pandemic doesn't cause the season to come to...