By J.P. Hoornstra | [email protected] | Daily NewsPUBLISHED: October 27, 2018 at 6:28 pm | UPDATED: October 27, 2018 at 6:30 pm LOS ANGELES — Commissioner Rob Manfred has made it one of his priorities to rein in the length of games. But he was at Dodger Stadium for all 7 hours and 20 minutes of Game 3. The longest game in World Series history began at 5:10 p.m. Friday and ended at 12:30 a.m. Saturday. If the intervening hours catalyzed his opinions about baseball’s lengthening game times, Manfred refrained from sharing them with reporters Saturday. The commissioner floated one idea – a separate set of end-of-game rules for baseball’s regular season and postseason. That would be similar to the National Hockey League – regular-season games end with a shootout, playoff games with as many overtimes as necessary. Manfred said he’s amenable to beginning extra innings with a runner on second base in the regular season only. “I think that rule … [Read more...] about Could World Series Game 3 be a catalyst for extra-innings rule changes?
Postseason extra inning games
Los Angeles Dodgers' Max Muncy celebrates after his walk-off home run against the Boston Red Sox in the 18th inning of Game 3 of the World Series, on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, in Los Angeles. (Associated Press) Max Muncy, with the lucky uniform number 13, smacked a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 18th inning Saturday morning, giving the Los Angeles Dodgers a 3-2 win over the Boston Red Sox in the longest World Series game ever played. The game took more than seven hours to complete. The victory gave the Dodgers their first win in the best-of-seven series after the Red Sox won Games 1 and 2 in Boston. Muncy connected off Nathan Eovaldi, who was in his seventh inning of relief after a grueling 7 hours, 20 minutes and 561 pitches to take home the win. Fans erupted throughout the stadium at 12:30 a.m. Saturday local time. The battle of attrition saw 46 players enter the field, 18 pitchers, 118 at-bats and 34 strikeouts — all World Series records, … [Read more...] about Dodgers top Red Sox, 3-2, in marathon 18-inning Game 3 of World Series
Major League Baseball does not have a problem with the structure of its playoffs, but it does have a problem with the structure of the Wild Card Game. The single “win or go home” format of the Wild Card Game goes against everything that the series-based season and playoffs stand for. In one of my first Daily Trojan columns I voiced why MLB has the unique ability to determine which 10 clubs should be playing in the postseason. There is no other professional sport that is able to do that: The NFL, NHL and NBA seasons are too short to account for slumps, fluke wins and streaks. The beauty of the 162-game baseball season is that it allows for all of the aforementioned circumstances to be naturally corrected. One of the most supported proposals to the to MLB is to eliminate the effect divisions have on determining which team continues onto the postseason. I have yet to understand why this is so supported. Divisions within leagues are a quintessential part of the scheduling of … [Read more...] about Extra Innings: MLB’s Wild Card Game is problematic
CHICAGO — In Colorado’s 2-1 dramatic playoff win over the Cubs Tuesday night, the Rockies’ bullpen was near perfect. The Cubs did score the tying run in the eighth inning but when it mattered most, the Rockies’ most reliable relievers didn’t blink, putting the Rockies into their first division series since 2009. “These types of games are why you play,” said left-hander Chris Rusin, who tossed a scoreless inning. “It was next-man-up out there. When your name was called, the expectation was you were going to get those guys out. We did.” The first of multiple key bullpen moments came after starter Kyle Freeland owned his October debut with 6 ⅔ innings of shutout baseball. With two outs and a runner on first in the seventh, Rockies manger Bud Black lifted Freeland in favor of right-hander Adam Ottavino. Ottavino proceeded to throw a wild pitch on his first pitch, moving a runner to second. His initial lack of control was … [Read more...] about With the season on the line, Rockies’ bullpen got nicked but didn’t blink in extra-innings NL wild card win
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Matt Davidson's RBI single in the 11th inning gave the Chicago White Sox a 5-4 victory Thursday over the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Chicago's Yolmer Sanchez led off the inning with a double to left center against Indians reliever Adam Cimber (3-8, 3.58) and scored the go-ahead run on Davidson's base hit to right. Chicago won for the first time in nine tries at Progressive Field this season. The loss snaps Cleveland's streak of nine consecutive home victories against the White Sox dating back to Oct. 1 of 2017. Manager Terry Francona said afterward that despite the loss there are benefits to playing competitive games in the season's final two weeks after the team has already clinched a postseason spot. "They pushed us pretty good," Francona said. "Playing in games where if somebody makes a mistake you lose, that's good for us." Down two runs in the eighth, Francisco Lindor ignited a Tribe rally with a leadoff triple to the wall in … [Read more...] about Cleveland Indians rally, but can’t break through in 5-4 extra-innings loss to Chicago White Sox