Yes, I know baseball is being eased out as an Olympic sport, though not understanding why. (Surely its popularity in the entire Western hemisphere, plus Japan, makes it more popular than Olympic sports such as synchronized swimming.) But it is wrong to vandalize the game by changing its rules. From Extra Effort Made to Speed Up Baseball:
Maybe they should let batters hit off a tee to make the game end even faster. Do you see why such a sudden death overtime is ruinous to baseball, in a way that it wouldn’t be in soccer or football?
Starting in the 11th inning of a tie game — as decreed last month by baseball’s international governing body — each half-inning will begin with runners on first and second base, and the manager of the batting team can start the 11th at any point in his lineup.