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Saturday, October 27, 2018

WSJ: Our Insane Ideas To Save Baseball

Wall Street Journal sports writers “bullpen” a rules change article:

The one way to fix baseball involves changing one of the most sacred aspects of the game. Are you ready for Strike Four? Here’s why baseball needs a fourth strike: Batters have never been worse at making contact. Sure, they hit tons of homers—but they’re striking out more than ever, which means you can wait in line to get beer and never miss the ball even going in play. Three strikes just isn’t enough anymore. Four strikes means fewer strikeouts.

This plan also will reduce pitching changes: four strikes only gets implemented when a team brings in a second pitcher during an inning. The pitcher who begins an inning gets the normal three strikes. Someone who comes in mid-inning, well, he has to deal with four. Is it worth bringing in a reliever to get one out midway through the fifth inning if he has to deal with four strikes?

One flaw: “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” doesn’t have the same ring if it becomes “three but sometimes four strikes you’re out at the old ball game.”

This is behind a leaky paywall - if you Google some of the text, you can get to the full article via the Google link. The best part of the exercise is the poll at the end on which idea is the worst.


 

 

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