New extra-inning format stirs debate as teams plot strategy


MILWAUKEE — Baseball has its answer to World Cup soccer’s penalty kicks, NFL overtimes or NHL shootouts.

And it figures to stir just as much debate as all those other forms of tiebreakers. Major League Baseball will start each extra inning this season by putting a runner on second base.

The minor leagues have used this extra-inning format since 2018. MLB is experimenting with the rule this year in part to prevent marathon games from causing long-term damage to pitching staffs in a pandemic-shortened season.