“My only message is simple,” Steinbrenner said in Tampa, Fla. “The National League needs to join the 21st century. They need to grow up and join the 21st century.”
Steinbrenner said he was angry and added: “I’ve got my pitchers running the bases, and one of them gets hurt. He’s going to be out. I don’t like that, and it’s about time they address it. That was a rule from the 1800s.”
Continuing on this theme, I think there are more 19th century rules that need to be adopted. My suggestions:
Make teams play all nine innings of the game. If the home team is winning after 8 1/2 innings, they still have to bat.
Allow players to be out if a batted ball is caught on the first bounce. This should keep scoring down.
Move the pitcher's plate back to about 50' and remove the mound, but make the pitchers throw sidearm or underhand.
Allow batters to request a high or low pitch.
Take away gloves from all fielders except the catcher.
Don't charge batters strikes on foul balls.
Only allow substitutions if both team captains agree.
Make the umpires wear top hats.
Have the first batter in each inning be the batter who comes after the player who made the last out of the inning. So if the leadoff man reaches and then is caught stealing to end the inning with the cleanup man up, the #2 hitter leads off the next inning.