We all know four balls in a single major league baseball at-bat puts a runner on base with a walk. Sometimes, teams choose to intentionally walk players for multiple reasons, like not wanting to pitch to a power hitter or trying to set up a double play.
But if the teams are putting batters on base anyway, should they need to throw all four pitches to do so? With baseball’s new initiatives to speed up the game, it seems like a logical way to cut time off the total.
On the other hand, sometimes intentional walks go terribly awry. Some pitchers just can’t complete the simple task and get the yips — just ask Jon Lester about those — and even throw the ball away, aiding the other team. Taking that aspect away also could change the game.
Check out the video above to see what fans think about the matter.
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