MLB Extra Innings, Runner on 2nd Rule

MLB Extra Innings, Runner on 2nd Rule

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Dom Saldida started this petition to Major League Baseball and

It's the top of the tenth, your team played a hard fought nine innings of pure, true, unaltered baseball.  Then, in extra innings, appears an unearned runner in scoring position, who is awarded second base to start the top of the inning.  A base hit later, the score has changed and the unearned run could be the determining factor in the outcome of the game.  

This was the new rule instituted by Major League Baseball last season, in an attempt to make games shorter.  Statistics prove this incorrect.  The MLB has attempted to shorten games using other means in the past, for example; preventing batters from leaving the batter's box and utilizing a pitch clock.  These attempts were unsuccesful due to non-compliance by players and no longer enforced.  

The runner on second base rule completely transforms the game of baseball and the spirit of competition, which has been played in extra innings for the last 149 years.  Why are we altering America's pastime?  From the perspective of a spectator, you pay staggering ticket prices to see a hard fought battle between two professional clubs.  The runner on second base rule is introducing an illegitimacy to the most exciting part of the game.  If you're a baseball purist or even a casual fan, you know that baseball is all about the rollercoaster ride it takes you on.  Having this rule in effect is essentially like being on the highest peak of the coaster and cutting the power off before its descent.

This petition is to make the MLB remove this rule from Major League Baseball.  It serves no legitimate purpose and doesn't belong in America's game. Please sign this petition and join the baseball community in protecting the integrity of the game from MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred and his hired hands.  With enough signatures, the MLB may start to listen to its fan base, the people who pay their salaries.  

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