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What the New Commish Can Do to Improve MLB

Posted: 8/23/2014 3:11 PM

What the New Commish Can Do to Improve MLB 


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?

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Posted: 8/23/2014 4:07 PM

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Do something about the DH issue
especially now the interleague play is year round

IMO if NL teams want to play but their stupid ancient rule amongst themselves thats fine

but all interleague games should be DH games
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Posted: 8/23/2014 4:25 PM

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1. Totally agree on the stepping out of the box. This ads NOTHING to the game except more time.
2. Need to make the DH rule consistent. I don't care anymore if they keep it or not but everybody does or nobody does.
3. Must make the rules consistent across all teams. Sure umpires are individuals but the whole how and when they decide to either call a game, continue a game, or restart at some other time is ridiculous.

....and now for my personal favorite.

4. Implement a balanced schedule. The variation of power across the divisions is killing the game. Science would say that over time it equals out. That is only correct when there are no other key variables. In the case of MLB where they do not have a salary cap they MUST go to a balanced schedule. The rich teams stay rich and continue to stay strong year after year.
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Posted: 8/23/2014 5:05 PM

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I agree the schedule is an issue too

 

and I'll go ahead and throw out 'salary cap'  though it will never happen

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Posted: 8/23/2014 6:19 PM

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all good suggestions so far.
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Posted: 8/23/2014 6:40 PM

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insagt1 wrote: all good suggestions so far.
Too bad that management of all pro sports never really engages their customer base (the fans) in figuring out the direction they should go.
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Posted: 8/23/2014 9:55 PM

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I know. Speeding up the game is a no brainer IMO. Bud is taking a lot of heat lately about this too, which is good. The powers that be have allowed the game to become very boring in the minds of they younger generation who aren't likely to be spending tons of money to sit in a stadium for 3 1/2 hours and watch all these shenanigans. And I really challenge anyone who thinks this kind of baseball is 'good' for the health of the game. A little strategy is fine...but when the average time of games has now reached just about 3 hours....thats just unacceptable.
I say, if the pitcher is on the rubber, has the ball and is set to pitch, he should, no matter where the batter is.
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Posted: 8/24/2014 10:21 AM

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I'm more concerned about them making stupid changes like banning the shift.  Apparently there is a movement afoot to not allow this practice any longer.  One of the coaches was talking about it on a piece that was aired during the rain delay.  I think it's silly, but it would be akin to the NFL allowing no contact by defensive backs... why not just put the ball on a tee and implement the slaughter rule while they're at it.  These business managers making rule changes they don't fully understand the impact of really hurt the game.

I'm for a balanced schedule.  For selfish reasons, I like seeing all the teams play.  I think interleague is fun, but I think that should be limited to a divison per year with the teams playing each other at home and away.  Sort of what they do now with the interleague...  I hate the heavy schedule we play against divisional opponents.

Limiting the time pitchers and hitters take to prepare for a pitch is something they MUST do.  Watching Pedroia and Jeter adjust every piece of equipment they wear after every pitch is SO annoying.  I know there are pitchers that take forever too, but I can't think of one now... biggrin
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Posted: 8/24/2014 10:45 AM

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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

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Posted: 8/24/2014 11:04 AM

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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.

Banning certain defense alignments is fraught with problems. Just how are you going to determine what is a legal defensive alignment? Say for example that the SS can't be to the right of a line drawn from home plate through second base? Ok, can he ever cross that line? When? After the ball is pitched? After the ball is hit?

And what is next? Imaginary lines in the outfield that define the legal zones the outfielder can position in?

That is total nonsense and there is no need to do anything. Dear batters, this is YOUR problem. So YOU fix it.
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Posted: 8/24/2014 12:45 PM

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I believe the proposal was that you have to at least 1 Infielder to the left on each side of 2B

It wouldn't work anyway

I agree it's up to batters to adjust
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Posted: 8/24/2014 2:06 PM

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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.

THIS is about the most succinct statement I've read on this and it absolutely expresses my belief.  If a team feels they can defeat you by doing x, it's your job as a competitor to defeat THEM by doing something else...not having the league office do it for you.  It's almost like saying to a pitcher that since x player has no chance of hitting your fastball you can't pitch it to him.  Ludicrous.  Just play the game the way the it has been and stop making adjustments to try to make the game "more interesting."  Ugh.
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Posted: 8/24/2014 9:24 PM

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I remember Luis Ayala as one of the human rain delays on the mound. Even teammates hate pitchers who work too slowly. No need for it. If you're not prepared to throw the ball, you shouldn't be out there.
Banning the shift is silly. For all the reasons given.
Making the hitters stay in the box is necessary because thats the way the game was orginally played...so its not tinkering. Enforce the 12 second rule for pitchers (or whatever the limit is) and perhaps allow a batter one time out of the box. I wouldn't even allow that...except if there was dirt or a bug in his eyes...but all this glove adjusting etc is sheer nonsense. Like the neighborhood play, it just sort of crept into the game and it should be flushed from it ASAP.
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Posted: 8/24/2014 9:39 PM

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DiscoJamal wrote: I believe the proposal was that you have to at least 1 Infielder to the left on each side of 2B

It wouldn't work anyway

I agree it's up to batters to adjust
He also pointed out that there has always been a similar IF positioning with bunts or threats where it leaves an enormous amount of IF open in an effort to get a jump on base covering.  He sort of smirked and said exactly what you did.cool

...it's up to batters to adjust.

Amen to that.wink
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Posted: 8/25/2014 8:14 AM

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I think it's BS that the AL teams have to send pitchers up to the plate who rarely bat, while the NL has pitchers who are at least used to bunting or attempting to hit.

Want to make it far? We use our pitchers to bat in NL stadiums, and when the NL teams come to our park, they still have to use their pitchers and we can DH.
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Posted: 8/25/2014 9:02 AM

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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)


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Posted: 8/25/2014 9:53 AM

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Or learn to go the opposite way. I know the pitchers will try and pitch you in, but its true--the solution to the shift is to adapt. When you see second basemen throwing runners out from short right field, routinely....shouldn't that tell anyone something??
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Posted: 8/25/2014 11:00 AM

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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)
I agree - just drop a bunt every time the situation allows for it.  Davis could get over that elusive .200 mark in no time cool
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Posted: 8/25/2014 11:11 AM

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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 cool

And he'd open up the right side of the in field immediately for his next at bat! How many outs has Davis made by hitting towards the aps that was snagged by the 2nd baseman playing the outfield grass 25 feet left of first base?

Those would all be hits without the shift.

But nooo....one bunt attempt isn't worth trying to end that nonsense.


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Posted: 8/25/2014 11:24 AM

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every now and again a hitter just digs himself into a huge hole and he just can't crawl out. Thats Davis 2014. Yeah, he'll still hit the occasional mistake a long way, but you can't count on that down the stretch. Once pitchers get the 'book' on hitters, and then they try it, and see that it works, you're toast. Right now pitchers know Chris is not plate patient because he is pressing. 3 walks in august suggests that he is getting easier and easier to pitch to. And when pitchers do throw him strikes, he takes them...causing him to swing wildly at non-strikes.
Like I have said, he is necessary for his 'd' right now so they can figure out where to hide him in the lineup

(probably should have put this in another thread, but was following up on the use of the shift and Davis certainly came to mind)

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