I expected they might have be more heavy-handed to placate those lobbying for reduced game time and delays.
I’m on the fence on several of them but then I’m a purist.
Thanks for posting.
So much for great pitching exhibitions.
Why don't they just grant everyone one run per inning to spice things up? Utter nonsense...
They can keep everything like it is if they just make one rule change - every count starts at 1-1. The average game time should drop about 30 minutes without affecting the game at all.
During a spring training game the commentators said one of the minor leagues is trying out moving the mound back 2 feet and increasing the bases from 15 to 18 inches.
For some of these rule changes you’d need a Harvard attorney and a Cray computer to game out all the possibilities (Two-Way Player, as one example).
The biggest problem with baseball is the ridiculous amount of time between innings. 1 minute and 30 seconds should be maximum. Instead, many, many times in real life, it’s closer to 3 minutes. Absolutely killing the game.
This is not a good idea: Three-batter minimum for pitchers: Rule 5.10(g) will be amended to require that starting pitchers and relief pitchers must pitch to either a minimum of three batters or to the end of a half-inning.
Every pitcher has the occasional awful day. To prevent their removal before finishing a half-inning won’t hasten the game.
Oh, and the greatest mortal sin to baseball, the DH, is more than likely coming soon to the NL.
I can’t wait until Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Pelosi decide people from the grandstands can come onto the field and be allowed to assist the team in the field by standing in the way of the runners when the ball is struck by the batter. If called by the umpires, then they are given sanctuary by the field ref and allowed to continue without being removed from the field. Besides, that would be xenophobic.
Inning breaks is at least the right direction to look for reducing time. They need to enforce the batters box.
Trade deadline change is essentially a do something to make it look like they are doing something.
Fan voting looks like a gimmick to try to gin up buzz over it. Along with that the 10th inning rule now makes it into not baseball.
HR derby money....why?
Is there a provision of the active roster change that shuts the union up from whining about the salaries. Now the pie gets cut into more slices.
40 man is the best proposal they have in here.
Pitcher limitation is stupid. This is another do something to do something. There is no reason for it. Same for the Two-way player rule.
Three batter minimum, why? There is no need for this. Lets play chess, btw you can only move pawns for first 3 moves. Why limit the strategy? Dont like that they bring in a specific pitcher to get your best hitter out, make an adjustment batter.
Maybe at some point MLB will realize they dont have to be like the NFL.
:: As far as the game itself is concerned, the 10th inning — and all subsequent innings — of All-Star Games that go into extra innings will begin with a runner on second base. ::
Worse than the DH-rule. Go watch a softball game if you like this rule. USSA rules in MLB? [spit!]
Just wait for the picket signs: “MLB unfair to LOOGY’s”
And I’m not sure I agree with the definition of the “two-way” player. Last year the White Sox had a third baseman, Matt Davidson, who pitched at the end of a couple of blow-out games, and did a credible job. Using him in a situation were one was running out of pitchers or needed first-line pitchers for an upcoming crucial series (not a concern for last year’s Sox) would seem to make sense, but would be limited here.
Davidson’s now with somebody else (one of the Florida teams?), and there’s talk of him transitioning (sorry, couldn’t resist!) into a pitcher if he can’t make it as a hitter.
I think the three-batter minimum rule is BS.
I don’t like the end of the 40 man September roster.
There are a number of guys who just aren’t quite good enough to stick in the Major Leagues. But you need them to fill slots, or else you would not have a minor league system. It always seemed fitting to me that their hard work would be rewarded by a cup of coffee in The Show and some cool stories they could tell their grandchildren.
My wife will still contend baseball is still to slow to watch,