Astros' Dusty Baker Not A Fan Of Extra-Innings Rule

Brandon Scott
June 26, 2020 - 2:15 pm

(SportsRadio 610) -- Add Astros manager Dusty Baker to the list of baseball traditionalists not too fond of a rule to help expedite extra-inning games in 2020. 

Major League Baseball is instituting the minor league rule where a runner will automatically be placed on second base.

Due to the tight 60-game schedule, there is a desire to avoid 15-inning games and longer and taxing the rosters, RADIO.COM MLB Sports insider Jon Heyman reported

Baker was asked Wednesday what he thought of the rule. He understands its purpose for 2020, but would prefer not to adopt the rule permanently.

"I think it’s probably good for this year. I just hope we don’t have to do it next year, personally,” Baker said. “You have to adhere to the rules, and you've got to stay within the boundaries of the game. You do what you have to do, whether you’re crazy about it or not.

"I've seen a couple of minor league games when I was scouting for the (San Francisco) Giants the last couple of years, starting with a runner on second. The pitcher's probably not crazy about it as much as anybody. This will be something new for us. But like I said, I hope this doesn't go into next year or subsequent years."

Former Astros pitcher Joe Musgrove said earlier this week he would be in favor of a home run derby to decide an extra-inning game.

"I think it would be exciting," Musgrove, now pitching for the Pirates, told 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh. "Ultimately that’s what is seems like Manfred and the MLB are trying to do is enhance the excitement of the game, and the intensity and the enjoyment of the fans to watch."

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