MLB asks All-Star 11th start with run­ner on 2nd

Ripon Bulletin - - Sports -

NEW YORK (AP) — A run­ner would be put on sec­ond base at the start of the 11th in­ning of the All-Star Game and each ad­di­tional in­ning, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est pace-of-game pro­posal by Ma­jor League Base­ball.

The ex­per­i­ment also would be used in the 10th in­ning of spring train­ing games, ac­cord­ing to the Jan. 9 pro­posal ob­tained by The As­so­ci­ated Press. Spring train­ing games would be capped at 10 in­nings.

Con­cerned about in­juries in games that don’t count, the play­ers’ as­so­ci­a­tion isn’t ex­pected to op­pose the con­cept. MLB isn’t con­sid­er­ing us­ing the rule in any games that count.

Base­ball ex­per­i­mented with the rule last year at the rookie level Gulf Coast and Ari­zona leagues, putting a run­ner on sec­ond base start­ing in the 10th. Ex­tra-in­ning games in those two leagues av­er­aged 27 min­utes longer than nine-in­ning games, down from 43 min­utes for all other mi­nor leagues.

Un­able thus far to ne­go­ti­ate a deal with play­ers for a pitch clock or lim­its on mound vis­its, base­ball own­ers dis­cuss their next step this week dur­ing meet­ings that end Thurs­day in Bev­erly Hills, Cal­i­for­nia.

Com­mis­sioner Rob Man­fred met Jan. 23 with union head Tony Clark. Man­fred has long vowed to make changes for this sea­son with or with­out an agree­ment but says his pref­er­ence is for a deal and is will­ing to ne­go­ti­ate the rules.

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