You would think that guys that have had such success with a new rule would be in favor of it. That doesn’t seem to be the case with the Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw though. After Wednesday’s extra-innings win in Arizona, Kershaw admitted he wasn’t a fan of the new rule.
Actually, it sounded a little bit worse than that. The Dodgers ace went so far as to call it ‘not real baseball’ when asked about it.
It’s not real baseball. But it’s fine for this year, and I hope we never do it again.
The new rule implemented by Major League Baseball has come with varying feedback. Some players love the fact that things seem to move quicker. Other players hate how far away it is from the game that they know and love. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts talked about it recently as well, and he likes the way things have been going.
I didn’t know how it was going to play out and how it was going to be received, but as we’ve had some runs with it, I really like it. I think it really shortens the game. It adds strategy for the fans, the managers, the players. I think it’s playing out pretty well, and our guys have done a really good job in the situation. I like it permanently. I don’t like it for the postseason.
Luckily, MLB did clarify that the new rule would not be utilized in the postseason. But the relative success in speeding up games have brought up conversations on whether or not this rule is around to stay. But if you ask the majority of the Dodgers’ opinion, they probably like it. Los Angeles has lost just one extra-inning game in 2020.