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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Universal designated hitter? Possibility of new MLB rules spark conversation

As humans, a lot of us hate change. As baseball fans, well—some want to embrace change and others (like me) feel like you shouldn’t mess with the game of baseball ... much.

Without a doubt, Rob Manfred is considering every one of the rule changes proposed in this article.

 

QLE Posted: February 10, 2019 at 04:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dh, rule changes, rules

Friday, January 25, 2019

Report: MLB considering rule change that could slow down the game’s hottest pitching trend

When Major League Baseball changed the 15-day disabled list to the 10-day disabled list in 2016, the idea was coming from a good place.

League officials and the players’ union were trying to make it easier for ailing players to actually go on the disabled list and not try to play through injuries. A 15-day stint felt too long sometimes. The 10-day DL fixed that.

What it also did, however, was give Major League Baseball teams — all of them getting smarter, all of them looking for any advantages — a new tactic to get an upper hand. DL stints rose by almost 200 annually since the new rules were put in place. At the same time, there were an additional 682 relief pitchers appearances last year alone, while the length of starts is going down.

Should this take place, I wonder what will occur as a result- the long-term trend has not been for reductions in either relievers or their usage.

 

QLE Posted: January 25, 2019 at 03:46 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dl, manfred is thinking about it, rule changes

Saturday, January 19, 2019

If MLB Implements a Significant Rule Change in 2019, It Will Be a Pitch Clock

No proposed rules change would improve baseball’s pace of action issue more than a pitch clock, which is why Major League Baseball officials prioritized getting a pitch clock for the 2019 season at a meeting with Players Association officials Monday. The union, which has been cool to the idea, said it would continue to discuss the issue with its players along with “smaller items” related to proposed rules changes that were presented Monday.

MLB officials did not press for any rules changes regarding defensive shifts, which means shifts are likely to remain unchanged for 2019.

Baseball prefers to introduce any rules changes in time for spring training games. Unlike with the pitch clock, owners do not have the right to unilaterally implement changes to defensive shifts in 2019.

Unfortunately, since this is a good idea, Manfred is unlikely to enact it.

 

QLE Posted: January 19, 2019 at 06:43 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: manfred is thinking about it, pitch clock, rule changes

Friday, November 09, 2018

No MLB rule changes likely until eve of spring training

CARLSBAD, CALIF.- Major League Baseball and its players’ union likely will not decide until the eve of spring training whether to change rules in an effort to increase action on the field next year.

Deputy Commissioner Dan Halem said Thursday as the annual general managers’ meetings ended that there was no consensus for change yet. More discussions will take place when owners gather next week in Atlanta, the union’s executive board convenes in late November and major league executives go to Las Vegas for the winter meetings in mid-December.

Topics being discussed include the increased use of defensive shifts, the decrease in innings thrown by starting pitchers and technology that aids sign stealing. A possible 20-second pitch clock and alterations to rules for waivers, trade deadlines and disabled lists also are being talked about by a tradition-bound sport resistant to change.

It does give Rob Manfred another few months to consider more terrible ideas and ignore good ones….

QLE Posted: November 09, 2018 at 07:55 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: rob manfred, rule changes, still considering

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

REPORT: MLB GMs Considering Massive Change to Trade Deadline

​As the offseason kicks into gear, Winter Meetings are approaching, which means there’s plenty on the table that MLB GMs will be discussing, amid myriad trade requests.

One of the topics expected to be pondered is the trade deadline itself, however.

The deadline currently sits on July 31, with post-deadline deals allowed via waivers. The new proposal would see post-deadline waiver deals eliminated in favor of one hard deadline for all deals, presumably sometime in mid-August.

Any thoughts on the merit of this potential change?

QLE Posted: November 06, 2018 at 06:47 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: rule changes, trade deadline

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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