Rick Renteria Not A Fan Of New Extra-Innings Rule

"I'm more of a traditionalist," Renteria says.

Chris Emma
June 26, 2020 - 10:24 am

(670 The Score) In setting course for a shortened 60-game season, MLB is getting more innovative with its extra-inning format.

Included in the rule changes for the unprecedented season is extra innings starting with a runner on second base -- the player who made the last out the previous inning. The goal is to speed up the pace of play in this condensed season.

An old-school baseball man, White Sox manager Rick Renteria isn't a fan of that format.

"Late-inning strategies might change now with a runner on second in a tight ballgame," Renteria said before a long pause. "That's something I'm sure everybody is excited about trying. I'll be honest, I'm not. I'll just lay it out there. I'm glad that everybody is going to enjoy something new -- that we want to tie in some excitement. I'm more of a traditionalist."

This new rule is part of a one-year trial but could be considered for the new collective bargaining agreement, which will be negotiated after the 2021 season. The minor leagues have used a similar rule for extra innings in the last two seasons. MLB will also have a universal designated hitter in 2020.

While Renteria prefers the usual format of extra innings, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn is open to new ideas this season.

"It makes sense in terms of trying to bring some finality to the game in this shortened season," Hahn said. "And frankly, in a year where we're playing 60 games, why not try something a little different? Why not experiment a little bit?

"This is the time to try this stuff, the time to experiment with ways, whether it's on the field or from a broadcast standpoint, to improve the game for the long term."

The White Sox will start their on-field work in spring training 2.0 at Guaranteed Rate Field on July 3 and are scheduled to open the regular season on either July 23 or 24 as part of MLB's return to play.

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