Baumann: Should there be a rule limiting intentional walks?

From SABR member Michael Baumann at Baseball Prospectus on May 10, 2016:

A friend of mine is, for reasons passing understanding, a Washington Nationals fan, and she emailed me Monday morning, understandably upset about her team’s performance over the weekend. Among her grievances was that Bryce Harper, the exquisitely coiffed hitter of baseballs and swearer-at-of-umpires, drew three intentional walks and came to the plate seven times without putting a ball in play.

So she suggested that MLB institute a rule against intentionally walking the same batter more than twice in the same game.

I’m against this idea, for several reasons, but nevertheless, I’m going to share with you everything I think about it.

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Originally published: May 10, 2016. Last Updated: May 10, 2016.