Shortly before I called into WISE Sports Radio for my regular baseball segment with Pat Ryan, news of Al Kaline’s death was being widely reported. I have far more to say on the Detroit Tigers legend and Hall of Famer than I could articulate on show. But I’m glad I did have an opportunity to express my feelings about Kaline.
We also discussed the MLB players union making sure that established major leaguers who signed minor-league contracts in spring training, hoping to catch on with a roster, were being paid during baseball’s shutdown. And a proposal for extra innings from the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner that could be a lot of fun.
Home Run Derby in extra innings would be fun in a MLB season shortened due to COVID-19, and baseball should take the opportunity to be experimental under such circumstances. But extra-inning ballgames really don’t benefit anyone during a regular 162-game season, so different ideas should get some consideration now. Especially if they’re fun!