Last season it took 18 innings for the Harwich Mariners to beat the Orleans Cardinals (now Firebirds), and move on to the Cape Cod Baseball League Championship, which they eventually won. What might have happened in that Cape League game if in the 13th inning a rule had been in place to start each half-inning with runners on first and second base (and the batting order intact)? Apparently, that is precisely what will happen in a few weeks when the World Baseball Classic gets underway. According to Japanese and Italian reports, the idea is a little controversial for fans.
Would the 13th inning rule work for the Cape League, whose collegiate elite and aspiring pro players are equally coddled?