Al Roy’s first big pitch as the new state baseball coordinator was met with mixed results.
As part of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s annual Central Committee meeting on Tuesday, Roy offered a joint proposal to expand the regular season from 20 to 22 games and introduce a 10-run mercy rule. In a separate proposal, the former Section II baseball coordinator asked for the okay to reset regional schedules if necessary so that every team must play their way into the state final four.
Roy’s proposals had a 2018 starting date and covered all levels of high school baseball. The NYSPHSAA’s Executive Committee will move on the proposals in October.
“I gave them everything we had and the reasons,” Roy said. “I have a sense that the regional proposal is going to go through. My feeling is if we insist on combining the two others, we’ll get shot down. I didn’t feel we got much support for the 22 games, while the mercy rule, there was some support. We could end up rewriting the mercy rule proposa,l and that might have a better chance of getting through as a separate item.”
Roy said part of the rationale in asking for more games is to compensate for innings lost in games ended prematurely by one-sided scores.
“The [state] baseball committee wanted it,” Roy said if the 22 games. ” When we met in June their thinking was, ‘If we’re going to lose innings with the mercy rule, we want something back.'”
Roy knew the 22-game proposal would receive the stiffest opposition at the meeting.
“People said if baseball gets two, other sports will be lining up,” Roy, who previously served as the…
click here to read more.