Dodgers 3B Justin Turner says MLB should get rid of extra innings – and settle games with a home run derby instead.
Turner laid out his plan in a recent interview, saying if the score is still tied after 10 innings, “You take each team’s three best hitters and you give them all five outs and see who hits the most homers”.
Turner says the derby format will help “keep fans in the stands until the end of the game”, much like shootouts in hockey.
And with more doubleheaders likely once MLB finally begins the 2020 season, it would mean less wear and tear on the pitching staff.
Turner could be on to something as a home run derby would bring an additional level of excitement to the game.
What do you think of Turner’s idea? Is it crazy, or could it work? Who would pitch during the home run derby?