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Shorts' Shorts

I'm Jim Shorts on Sports, and I'm on the Paul and Al show. My first name is Jim, not Gym. Because Gym Shorts would be a silly name. At least, that's...Full Bio


Is MLB Finally Seeing The Light?

Finally, a little sense coming from MLB...

Initially, when the players and owners agreed to terms, not much had changed, as far as the game was concerned. Limiting the defensive shifts, pitch clock and bigger bases all tabled until 2023 at the earliest; universal DH... in; Ghost runner in extra innings... out.

Since then, players, coaches, owners, and fans all said. "Wait a minute... that ghost runner thing was pretty cool." So, now, the word is the owners will vote to keep it at next week's meetings.

What is not to like about starting a runner at second base to start each half inning of extra innings? It changes strategy. Early on most coaches would bunt the runner to third to try to get him in on a fly ball, then the stats showed it was better to hit away instead of sacrifice bunting. Stats also showed that it shortened games. Most games ended in the 10th or 11th, and very few went 15 innings +.

It was a good thing right from the start, and of course MLB took it away from us, for a little while. At least this time they realized it and are giving it back.

Now let's work on that pitch clock. And bring back the 7 inning doubleheaders.

Read more about some of these changes HERE.

Cincinnati Reds v Los Angeles Dodgers

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - MARCH 22: Freddie Freeman #5 of the Los Angeles Dodgers gets a lead from first base against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning of a spring training game at Camelback Ranch on March 22, 2022 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)Photo: Getty Images

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