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Monday, February 06, 2017

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-6-2017

The [Pendleton] East Oregonian, February 6, 1917:

[Braves owner] Percy Haughton started it when he declared the offensive side of baseball needed some changes, and then outlined a few. Now they’re all doing it.
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One of the most recent suggestions along these lines is that a pitcher not be allowed to pitch his first two balls to the batter in the curve fashion. Each of the first two heaves should be straight and above board, it is contended.

Every time I think I’ve seen the dumbest possible rule change to goose offense, I see something dumber. I’m with [former Red Sox manager] Bill Carrigan, quoted in the Ottumwa Courier:

You don’t hear many managers or umpires recommending that this or that rule be changed, do you?...Fans like the game as it is today. When they start complaining it will be time to consider what changes should be made.

At least somebody was being sensible.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 06, 2017 at 11:11 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, crazytown bananapants, dugout, history, rules

Monday, January 30, 2017

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-30-2017

Norwich Bulletin, January 30, 1917:

Rule alterations [to help batters] might have the desired effect, yet the best plan ever offered for the bettering end of baseball, as the writer views it, was proposed 10 years ago, by Billy Fox, then second baseman for the Lincoln baseball club…

The Fox foul line, starting from the home plate, would pass first base a foot outside the sack. On a field in which the outfield fence is 360 feet distant from the plate, the Fox foul line would be four feet outside the old standard.

Billy Fox argued that in almost every ball game the batters hit line drives and sharp grounders or lay down bunts which go foul only by inches; he maintained that as much batting skill is required to hit one of these drives which goes foul by a slender margin as in lining the leather onto safe territory within the present lines.

What a terrible idea. If you move the foul lines, you’ll still have batted balls that just barely land in foul territory. It’s just that they’ll be different batted balls. That’s not a bug, that’s a feature. If you don’t want foul balls, play cricket.

Jeez.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 30, 2017 at 10:38 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, dugout, history, rule changes

Friday, January 06, 2017

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-6-2017

Bridgeport Farmer, January 6, 1917:

While there is little, if any, possibility of a readjustment of the professional baseball diamond as recently suggested by President Percy D. Haughton, of the Boston National league club, the proposed changes…offer a wide field for speculation as to what would be the result if such alterations were made.
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Haughton suggests that in order to equalize the offensive and defensive strength of the pitcher and batter it might be found advisable, upon investigation, to move first and third bases five feet nearer the home plate and decrease the width of the plate.

If this were done it would change the entire aspect of the baseball diamond which would become, roughly, kite-shaped.

That is the worst idea I’ve ever heard in my life, Tom.


 

 

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