The stigma around baseball is that it’s boring. But isn’t it America’s pastime? Yes, but baseball is living in the past. The season is too long, games are too long, and players are too soft. It’s time that baseball got an upgrade. Keep in mind these ideas are a little crazy, but try to keep and open mind.
What is one thing everyone loves in baseball? Everyone loves a good, old fashion homerun. But it’s what happens after that makes it exciting. A great bat flip is the icing on the cake for a ball that’s crushed far beyond the warning track. Bat flips bring some life and attention to baseball. In last year’s playoffs the Joey Bat’s bat flip had everyone talking, baseball and non-baseball fans alike. So, why are MLB players complaining that bat flipping is so disrespectful? Like what do you expect?Of course it’s disrespectful, you just crushed a 350-foot homer and that pitcher should be embarrassed. The batter should stare you down as he flips his bat. This may not sit well with the pitcher, but that brings me to my next point.
Baseball should allow fighting for 10 seconds. Now hear me out on this one. Everyone’s favorite part of hockey is fighting. People buy tickets and watch the games for fights. This could easily be implemented in baseball. If you are a pitcher and don’t like the way the batter stared you down, don’t wait till the next at bat to throw behind his head. Instead settle it right then and there for a 10 second brawl. This does sound a little extreme, but it would make baseball very exciting and bring in new and casual fans. Just look at the recent Bryce Harper incident, that brought a lot of excitement to the game and people are probably going to tune in when those teams face again. So, let’s bring fighting to baseball games.
Another change I would suggest to make baseball fun would be allowing pitchers to stay in longer. Don’t let the managers take a pitcher out after two bad innings. Let them stay in and struggle. Everyone loves scoring high scoring games, so let’s keep tormented pitchers in and run up the score a bit. I know this is not anything a manager would go for, but it would definitely add a new, exciting facade to a normally slow and boring game.
I know these changes sound crazy and probably will never happen, but it’s fun to think about Aaron Judge and David Price going at it for a solid 10 seconds. It would also be fun to see a 10-6 game every night with 7 bat flips in the game. Another thing to think about is to let everyone take steroids. Hey, I said this article was going to be controversial, so why not go all out, right? Okay, okay fine no steroids (for now). Overall I say, let’s make baseball fun again.