The 2021 MLB regular season is now six weeks old and I think we've all settled into the daily grind that is marathon regular season baseball. The 60-game sprint was fun in its own way last year given the circumstances. Give me the full 162-game experience every day of the week though.
Throughout the season the CBS Sports MLB scribes will bring you a weekly roundtable breaking down, well, pretty much anything. The latest news, a historical question, thoughts about the future of baseball, all sorts of stuff. Last week we discussed the top 1-2 rotation punches in baseball. This week we're going to debate the rule that prevented John Means from throwing a perfect game.
Should MLB eliminate the dropped-third-strike rule?
Katherine Acquavella: It's certainly one of Major League Baseball's stranger rules, but no, I don't think the league should eliminate the dropped-third-strike rule. At this point, it's ingrained into most baseball fans' subconscious that the rule's existence is never questioned during routine games. Until, that is, last week's dropped third strike that ultimately kept John Means from achieving a perfect game, which would have been just the 24th in MLB history. It has to be agonizing knowing that a strikeout is what ruined the perfect game, but that is precisely what makes perfect games in baseball so special. To put it in layman's terms, the pitcher has to execute perfect pitching and the catcher has to execute perfect catching. I'm fine with the rule continuing to stick around. Also, when you consider that the league experimented with a similar (although far more bizarre) iteration of this rule at the Atlantic League, it doesn't exactly seem like they're heading anywhere near toward an elimination anyways.