Posted: 8/23/2014 3:11 PM
Most of us here love the game. But the fact is that baseball is losing its grip with the younger fans and I have to believe part of it is that the game is starting to slog along at a snails pace....for no good reason.I believe the very FIRST thing he MUST do is to stop the nonsense of the batter stepping out after every pitch. And enforce the time elapsed between pitches. This will improve the flow of the game immensely. There is no reason for batters to step out, swing the bat, adjust the gloves and basically just stall. It wasn't all that long ago when a batter had to stay in the box for the total AB, except in very extreme situations. Was watching for this over the past week, both online and in person. It really is annoying watching the cat and mouse nonsense that goes on now.Come on Commish....put a stop to it for the good of the game going forward.Next, I would also limit the number of pitches a reliever throws coming into a game. Does he really need 8 throws? You can;t tell a manager how many pitchers he can use, but you sure can bet them into the game a lot faster.None of the above delays adds one important thing to the enjoyment of the game.I really hope to see some of this soon. Thoughts?
Posted: 8/23/2014 4:07 PM
Posted: 8/23/2014 4:25 PM
Posted: 8/23/2014 5:05 PM
I agree the schedule is an issue too
and I'll go ahead and throw out 'salary cap' though it will never happen
Posted: 8/23/2014 6:19 PM
Posted: 8/23/2014 6:40 PM
insagt1 wrote: all good suggestions so far.
Posted: 8/23/2014 9:55 PM
Posted: 8/24/2014 10:21 AM
Posted: 8/24/2014 10:45 AM
Yes - I read an article about making certain defensive alignments illegal.
I hate the shfit
I hate even more that it works.
Davis should just keep bunting up the 3rd base line,
His avg could use the cheap singles
Posted: 8/24/2014 11:04 AM
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Posted: 8/24/2014 2:06 PM
ifsteve wrote: I actually LIKE the defensive shifts. The most appealing thing about baseball is the subtle things you do to put yourself in position to win. If a defense wants to play four guys on the right side of the infield then it is up to the freaking batters to make them pay for that.
Posted: 8/24/2014 9:24 PM
Posted: 8/24/2014 9:39 PM
DiscoJamal wrote: I believe the proposal was that you have to at least 1 Infielder to the left on each side of 2BIt wouldn't work anywayI agree it's up to batters to adjust
Posted: 8/25/2014 8:14 AM
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Posted: 8/25/2014 9:53 AM
Posted: 8/25/2014 11:00 AM
Skipjacks wrote: The solution to the shift is simple. Bunt. One time. Just bunt. You don't even have to do it well. Just show the rest of the league that you are willing to try and bunt if the shift is on one stinking time and no team will ever put the shift on you again. If they do, keep bunting. I ASSURE you that teams will stop putting the shift on every player that does that IMMEDIATELY. But managers are too myopic. They are focused on that at bat. They won't let a guy like Davis bunt even though he's got a sub Mendoza line average and is unlikely to get a hit without any defense on the field because there is a 1% chance he might get a home run. They can't seem to figure out that it's worth sacrificing an at bat or two today to prevent teams from putting the shift on the rest of the season. And hell it's not even sacrificing an at bat! It's an EASY bunt! Put it in the general direction of 3rd base, bunted hard, and you're going to reach safely every time if the 3rd baseball is playing at 2nd. The only way to screw that up is if you can't bunt up the 3rd base line properly and if that's the case find another job. You have no business calling yourself a major league hitter if you can't lay down a hard bunt up to 3rd. (Note that's different that a soft bunt that the catcher can field)
Posted: 8/25/2014 11:11 AM
DiscoJamal wrote: I agree - just drop a bunt every time the situation allows for it. Davis could get over that elusive .200 mark in no time
Posted: 8/25/2014 11:24 AM
Last edited 8/25/2014 12:05 PM by insagt1