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Tying? There's no tying in baseball
2008-02-12 09:45
by Bob Timmermann

Are you tying?
There's no tying in baseball.
My manager was Kim In-Sik and he called me a stinking pile of pigslop.
And that was when my parents drove all the way from Taegu, just to watch me play the game.
Did we tie?
Why? Because there's no tying in baseball!

The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) is prepapring to end its practice of concluding games that were still tied after 12 innings. In the past, those games went into the standings as draws and were not replayed. A similar rule is used in Japan.

From the Korea Times:

``Owners are agreeing at large on draws and allowing teams to play out to the end for a win," said Jeong Keum-jo, KBO's chief manager of baseball operations.

``The idea of limiting innings was to prevent the games from getting too long, but throughout the 26-year history of the league, only 10 games went beyond 15 innings," he said.

``Lifting the innings limit will surely encourage coaches and players to play with an increased level of intensity in the extra innings, which would benefit the fans paying for the tickets.''

2008-02-12 10:01:51
1.   old dodger fan
No tying in baseball? Remember July 9, 2002?
2008-02-12 10:04:39
2.   Josh Wilker
I think I recall reading somewhere, maybe in You Gotta Have Wa, that a 0-0 tie was considered the epitome of perfection in Japan. Nobody loses face.
2008-02-12 12:29:20
3.   dorkball
1 A day that will live in infamy...

Good to see that the KBO has restored order to the baseball universe, and did so in a sabermetric-friendly way by actually looking at its records of games going beyond 12 innings.

I have no idea why the Japanese league has that rule. I don't think it's to foster "perfection", nor is it to help TV networks maintain their schedules. TV networks in Japan routinely cut away from ballgames, no matter what inning the game happens to be in.
Here is your obligatory Heidi reference:

2008-02-12 12:59:20
4.   Bob Timmermann
Japan has the 12-inning rule because 99% of the fans come to the game on public transportation and they don't want anyone to get stranded.
2008-02-12 14:01:01
5.   Xeifrank
4. Then they should probably have a time limit as opposed to innings limit. I don't see why making up the game is such a big deal either. They could always use a computer automated program weighted against a coaches poll to determine the winner. Heck, that's what we do to determine our National Champions. :)
vr, Xei

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