MLB-Owned League Experimenting With Home Run Derby to Replace Extra Innings


The Pioneer Baseball League, one of several independent leagues designated this past offseason as an official “Partner League” of Major League Baseball, announced this morning some exciting new rules changes in effect for the 2021 season including a home run derby that would take place of extra innings.

To avoid the excessive strain on our pitching staffs, the Pioneer Baseball League will not have extra innings, but rather will employ a first-of-its kind "Knock Out" rule that resolves tied games with head-tohead, "sudden death" home run duel. Under the rule, each team designates a hitter who receives 5 pitches, with the game determined by the most home runs hit. If still tied after the first "Knock Out" round, another hitter is selected for a sudden-death home run face-off until a winner is declared.

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