Ban the Home Run

Speaking of how baseball supposedly indulges our appetites for crude spectacle, I am also against home runs, that is, the kind that goes over the outfield wall. I love an in-the-park homer, but I want the out-of-the-park ones eliminated from the game; if a ball is hit over the outfield wall, call it a foul ball. Make the guys hit for line drives, or move the walls back to keep more fly balls in the field of play, or deaden the ball for the same effect, but let’s make these hitters keep the ball in the park and earn their bases by running!

Who knows, this might even lower the incentive to pursue body-distorting hormone regimens.


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