Major League Baseball is seemingly at a crossroads. In an effort to appeal to a younger audience and grow the sport, fundamental changes — things like pitch clocks, limiting mound visits and starting extra innings with a runner in scoring position (a change making its debut in the minor leagues this season) — are being made to a game that has largely evolved a glacial pace.
Any change made to a game as steeped in tradition as baseball is sure to ruffle the feathers of some longtime fans and that is exactly what happened. Critics were especially vocal in voicing their displeasure at the extra-inning rule change that could one day make its way to the major leagues.
Sony’s Major League Baseball franchise, “MLB The Show 18,” finds itself at a similar crossroads.