An independent baseball league is moving away from traditional extra-inning games in favor of a home run derby.
Per an official release from the Pioneer League (via Baseball America's JJ Cooper), games tied after nine innings will go to a "head-to-head, 'sudden-death home run duel."
Each team will designate one hitter to use. They will be given five pitches, with the winner being determined by whoever hits the most homers.
In the event of a tie after the first round, teams will assign another hitter for a "sudden-death home-run face off" to determine a winner.
The Pioneer League's idea is a variation on an idea floated by Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner last year. He suggested that Major League Baseball let teams play one traditional extra inning in the event of a tie after nine innings.
If the game remained tied after 10 innings, Turner said MLB should "take each team's three best hitters and you give them all five outs and see who hits the most homers.”
Even though MLB didn't adopt Turner's idea, the Pioneer League may have been listening based on its approach for the 2021 season.
The Pioneer League's 96-game regular-season schedule will begin on May 22.