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Forget extra innings, how about a home run derby?

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At the recent marathon baseball game against the dreaded Yankees, it seemed cruel to put Orioles fans through the torture of playing all those innings in the freezing cold ("Late-night letdown for O's," April 11). It appeared that most of the fans had not brought enough clothes to weather the extra innings.

Why can't Major League Baseball get creative and come up with something that fans could look forward to when games go into extra innings — something that could wrap the game up early enough to accommodate those who must get up the next day to go to work or school?

Here's an idea taken from soccer: Let the teams play one extra inning to get it done the usual way, then resort to a home run hitting contest between the two clubs. The very best hitters of one team against the best of the other with 50 pitches given each. Then you simply count the number of home runs and the team with the most, wins. If no home runs are hit, a tie is declared.

In either case, everyone gets to go home and get out of there. It even gives the ballpark employees enough time to get the place cleaned up for the next day.

Raymond D. Bahr, Baltimore

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