This is your Barker's Chris Muller.
The Cove in 19 Pandemic has wreaked havoc on Major league Baseball's plans in 2020 instead of a 162 games late.
The league is trying to finish the 60 game schedule, and it appears that one team, in particular the ST Louis Cardinals, might even struggle to reach that threshold.
This year, 16 teams will qualify for the playoffs.
There's a universal designated hitter.
And while those air pretty big changes, there's one that Major League Baseball could implement full time moving forward.
That would represent its most radical rule shift, perhaps ever.
I'm talking about seven inning baseball games right now.
Seven inning doubleheaders are the norm.
That makes sense.
It saves wear and tear on the players because doubleheaders are a necessity because of game postponements in the overall truncated schedule.
They're going to be unavoidable.
And you don't want to have the players tax too much physically.
Seven inning doubleheaders, air also the norm in minor league baseball and in college baseball.
This isn't unfamiliar territory, but making every game seven innings moving forward after the 2020 season would be baseball loves its numbers.
It loves its traditions, but there's one number that should trouble it.
The average age of a television viewer.
TV money is the lifeblood of baseball's financial health, but unfortunately the sport isn't attracting newer, younger eyeballs.
The average age of a major league baseball viewer is near 60 years old.
That's by far the highest of any of the four major professional sports and doesn't bode well for the sports future.
The reasons for this are myriad bought.
A couple of them are that games are too slow moving to boring, but especially too long.
Fans just don't have the attention span, specifically younger fans to sit through a three hour plus log where oftentimes, not much is happening.
This is a problem that's gotten worse in 2005.
The average length of a Major League baseball game was two hours and 46 minutes in 2019 3 hours and five minutes in just over 30 seconds.
That's nearly a 20 minute increase.
If baseball cut to winnings, it would make games more dramatic, gives teams a sense of urgency that they don't necessarily have right now and also just make things faster moving.
It would also cut down the time required to watch a game.
Traditionalists might not like it, but that's the kind of radical shift that baseball might be able to harness to get more younger viewers watching.
So there you have it.
The case for Senate inning baseball to be the norm in the major leagues.
Moving forward for Yard Barker.
I'm Chris Muller.