"Who wants to go out there and play 15 innings? The relievers don't want it. The position players don't want it," he said.

Giants pitcher Jeff Samardzija wants ties in MLB


Giants pitcher Jeff Samardzija has an idea and he knows some people are going to find it weird.

He wants MLB games to end in ties.

"I don't think we need to play extra-inning games," he said, via the Mercury News. "End them in a tie, everyone gets one point like the Premier League. A win gets three points. Just end it at nine. We're playing 162 games. Over that course of games, you should be able to tell who the best team is."

Samardzija just wants to make the game more entertaining and solve some other problems in the process.

"(It) makes the ninth inning exciting all the time," he said. "And really, who wants to go out there and play 15 innings? The relievers don't want it. The position players don't want it. The managers don't want it. Then they've got to move the rosters around the next day."

About 4.5 percent of games in MLB last season went to extra innings. The Giants played the most of any team with 21. They went 11-10 in those contests.

San Francisco was actually much better in games that went to extras than it was during ones ending in nine. San Francisco went 62-79 in nine-inning matchups.

But Samardzija is thinking of making games more fan friendly and his thought is strictly nine-inning contests would do just that.

"Obviously every game is important now with the extra wild card," he said. "I just think it keeps every game important and again, it just kind of eliminates some innings that a lot of guys don't want to play. But again, that's a little wild for people."

 



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