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I'm only a baseball fan. Have any of the other televised sports implemented changes that have shortened the length of their games?
Fans can enjoy watching their own team win ugly. But often the teams efforts to win creates a much less enjoyable game. In hockey a few years ago, teams — particularly the New Jersey Devils — began to use the neutral zone trap to limit scoring. It was very effective. It also made hockey almost unwatchable. From what I understand the NHL made some subtle changes (they called penalties like interference more often) and not-subtle changes (they lifted the ban on the two-line pass) to make the game more fun for the fans. And it is more fun now.
Pat Riley began a similar trend in the NBA when he got his New York Knicks to play a bruising, ponderous style. It sort of worked — the Knicks won 50-plus games ever year under Riley — but it was impossibly boring basketball for everyone but Knicks fans. And scoring went way down and down and down in the NBA. Again the league stepped in with a few small rules changes and by calling the game bit more tightly which took away some of the advantages of that grueling style.
I’m not saying baseball needs to change rules to make the games move at a better pace. In fact, I know they don’t. There’s one on the books already that would do the job. In fact, there are two.
But it’s a spectator sport, and so they put in these rules to make sure that the players did not ruin the rhythm of baseball. And then, they ignored the rules and let the players ruin the rhythm of baseball.
By rules already on the books, each pitch should probably be delivered 10 seconds faster. Games, by rule, should be taking 45 or 50 less minutes without losing one bit of action. I have a weird theory that probably doesn’t make any sense to anyone else that some of the arm problems of pitchers relates to the painfully slow pace of play. Pitchers load up for every pitch like it is 2-and-2 to Harvey Kuenn with a perfect game on the line. I think throwing 100 pitches today, with all that delay time between and with each pitch analyzed and scrutinized and disected, is a whole lot different from 1975, when pitchers would just bleeping get the ball and pitch it.
Then again, that theory might just be me wanting to believe that if they sped up the baseball so that flowed again every single problem would disappear — in and out of baseball. I know that’s not true. But I do believe that a brisker game would be so much more fun to watch. The lack of runs doesn’t bother me. I’ll take a 2-1 baseball game any day — but not if it’s a three and a half hour 2-1 baseball game where I spend most of the evening watching major league baseball players do absolutely nothing.
Meanwhile, this 1950 game should serve as an inspiration for those who like both lots of runs and a speedy pace. And yes, the game was televised.
The joy of yesterday's Jays win was watching Buerhle work. He doesn't waste any time.
In that list was Roy Halladay's one-hitter in his second appearance ever (September 27, 1998 - he gave up a 9th-inning, 2-out HR to Higginson).
Check out the game time in the box score: 1hr 45min
When even the geezers are starting to have an issue with the pace of the game, you know the game has a real problem. Imagine how the typical young Millennial probably feels.
Rk Date Tm Opp Rslt
1 2007-08-22(1) TEX BAL W 30-3
2 1955-04-23 CHW KCA W 29-6
3 1950-06-08 BOS SLB W 29-4
4 1929-07-06(2) STL PHI W 28-6
5 1923-07-07(1) CLE BOS W 27-3
Hopefully someone in the MLB offices sees it as being penny wise, pound foolish.
I'm a millenial and all my 25-35 year old friends that are baseball fans agree -- something has to be done. Baseball is now something you put on when you're doing something else -- laundry, gaming, driving, etc. It's background.
5. nick swisher hygiene Posted: May 18, 2014 at 12:47 PM (#4709116)
23--yup on previous threads "game is fine because $$$ and how could you not want more baseball anyway?" has been the dominant position.
the fix is so easy, but the will to make it seems missing.
dunno, though. Americans seem in love with stop & start sports because
2). We're all ####### around on the internet and only half paying attention anyway
We'd like fewer mallparks.
Speak for yourself. I have no idea what one of these things is, but they sound cool. The actual reality is that even if "the Mall" experience is increasing attendance, the simple fact is that on raw numbers, I absolutely guarantee you, that there are more people going per game, per team to WATCH the game, in today's game, than there EVER was in the 70's, 60's, 50's or 40's etc...
Pitchers are overthrowing like crazy because 100 mph fastballs are the way to the big leagues and stardom.
Or maybe we'd sometimes just like to be able to hear the person sitting next to us. It isn't the choice of music that's the problem, it's the volume. If I'm going to be cascaded with 100 decibels worth of noise, I'd prefer it to be coming from the crowd reacting to a play on the field, not from an amplifier echoing a prefabricated playlist.
Pretty soon, it'll mean lots of weak contact early in the count.
Elements of the 2013 Atlantic League Experiment Include:
Strike Zone - The Strike Zone defined in the Major League Official Rules will be called by Atlantic League umpires in 2013. In practice, despite the rulebook definition, professional baseball pitches above the belt are generally called a "ball" these days. In the past, the Official Rules Strike Zone was called and the Atlantic League would like to attempt to measure the effect of calling the existing rule on pace of the games. The objective of enforcing the Rule Book Strike Zone is to see if this will reduce number of pitches in a game and to speed up play by encouraging hitters to put balls in play earlier in the count.
Hitters – Existing Rule 6.02 prohibiting hitters intentionally leaving the batter's box and delaying the game will be enforced. Managers and umpires shall strongly encourage hitters to be ready to bat, and hitters shall minimize time between pitches. Hitters are not to step out of the batter's box after every pitch. Public Address announcers must stop player walk out music once the hitter enters dirt area around home plate. After a warning, umpires may call a 'Strike' for additional violations.
Pitcher Warms Ups – Existing Rule 8.03 which states "Pitchers will be allowed eight (8) warm up pitches, but shall not consume more than one (1) minute" will now be enforced, as will Existing Rule 8.04 which states "when the bases are unoccupied, the pitcher shall deliver the ball to the batter within 12 seconds after he receives the ball." After a warning, each time the pitcher delays the game by violating this rule, the umpire shall call 'Ball'.
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