Washington Nationals’ Davey Martinez not a fan of putting a runner on second in extras...

Washington Nationals’ Davey Martinez not a fan of putting a runner on second in extras...

From the 2020 MLB Operations Manual: Extra Innings — During the championship season only (not the postseason), OBR 7.01(b) (“Extra Innings”) will be modified in accordance with Minor League regulations, such that each half-inning following the ninth inning will begin with a runner on second base...” We’ve described this previously as the sort of rule a father who’s tired of watching his son’s Little League team play would come up with, but apparently Major League Baseball will put a runner on second in extra innings during the 60-game 2020 MLB season. So what does Davey Martinez, the Washington Nationals’ manager, who played 1,918 games over 16 seasons in his big league career before getting into coaching, and eventually into a managerial role, think of the idea of putting a runner on second in extras? “You know what, I’m going to be honest, I don’t like it,” Martinez said when he spoke on a Zoom call with reporters on Saturday afternoon. “I don’t like it because I think it takes away a little bit from the game. I mean, regardless if you’re 0-0 in a game or 1-1 or a tie, whatever, and you’re still working to play that game, and all of a sudden just to throw a guy out there for free, basically, to me it just doesn’t seem right. I’ve been doing this for a long time as a player, as a coach, and now as a manager, I’m kind ...
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