5 MLB Rule Changes We Wish Were Coming in 2013

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5 MLB Rule Changes We Wish Were Coming in 2013
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The 2002 MLB All-Star game ended in a tie, paving the way to the exhibition game determining which league receives home-field advantage in the World Series.

Baseball still stands as America's pastime, but Major League Baseball needs to get with the present and make some changes if it wants to remain a significant part of the country's future. 

Many quirks in the sport's structure differ greatly from other professional leagues. It's time for baseball to catch up before it loses more fans who feel it is out of touch. 

As every other sport (including the Little League World Series) embraces instant replay, the MLB hesitates to expand its use. 

Teams can spend as much or as little as they please, creating a major discrepancy in payrolls.

It's also the only sport with different rules in its two leagues, with the rules changing to a format lacking any definite structure when September comes around.  This really must be corrected now that the American League and National League will square off more often.

And of course, who else is dumb enough to let an exhibition game shape the championship series' outcome?

Fixing the following five rules would benefit baseball.

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