The Can-Am League is moving away from playing real baseball next year.
The league announced on Friday that it will adopt an extra innings tie breaker rule for 2014, based on existing International Baseball Federation rules.
If games reach the 11th inning, the player in the batting order preceding the innings leadoff hitter will be placed at second base. Should he score, the run and RBI will count for the team’s offensive stats, but it will not affect the pitcher’s ERA.
In an amazing feat of doublespeak, Can-Am League commissioner Miles Wolff touted the new rule as an “innovation” while bragging about its popularity in the World Baseball Classic and other international competitions.