Originally Posted by oneupper
I get where you're coming from, mth123. Repealing the rule would certainly make pop flies very exciting plays, where fielders and runners have to make spit-second decisions (catch/don't catch, run/don't run).
Not sure whether it would be better or worse, but certainly not routine!
More than that, it would make staying out of the situation of extreme importance. Getting the runner from second to third would be much more important. Maybe they would need to steal more or be more aggressive going first to third. Pop flies are bad.
Say you are a reliever coming in with runners on first and second and you induce a pop-up, why should the reward be limited to one out? If you induced a ground ball you'd have a chance to get two outs, why only one for a pop fly? A pop-up is a massive fail. Don't want to hit intro a DP there? Get the ball out of the IF.