Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


Contributors

Jim Furtado
Founder & Publisher
Repoz
Editor - Baseball Primer

Syndicate

Rule Changes Newsbeat

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Changing times: Baseball rife with new rules, approaches

For a sport that leans so much on familiarity and tradition, baseball seems to be changing at an unusually rapid pace. Whether it’s because of new technology, new strategies or new rules, the game could look a lot different over the next decade or so.

“I think the commissioner’s just trying to stay ahead of the curve, do what’s best for the game. There’s a lot of intelligent people thought this stuff over and there’s a lot of people involved,” said Jim Leyland, the longtime manager who is now a special assistant for the Detroit Tigers. “I’m a big believer that when you’ve had something in place for so, so long, any time there’s a change, there’s going to be a reaction. Some of it’s going to be pro, some of it’s going to be con.”

Changes in baseball tend to happen at the margins. Basketball added a 3-point line and a shot clock, so NCAA Tournament games on YouTube from 35 years ago can look noticeably different from the current product. As for baseball? Go back through the decades, and you’ll see the same basic battle between pitcher and hitter — with fielders positioned mostly the same way.

A discussion of the proposed rule changes- I’ll leave it to all of you to debate whether these are as drastic as the article is suggesting.

 

QLE Posted: March 28, 2019 at 05:49 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: manfred is thinking about it, rule changes

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

MLB’s Three-Batter Minimum Rule Change Will Imperil the Lefty Specialist

Here’s how much A’s reliever Ryan Buchter hates MLB’s proposed three-batter minimum for pitchers, which is set to take effect for the 2020 season. His plan, he says on a late February morning in Oakland’s spring training camp, is to send a photo of his two-year-old daughter, Ella, to the commissioner’s office with a simple message: “You’re taking food out of her mouth.”

“It’s stupid,” Buchter says of the new rule. “A manager has to bring me into a game to face three hitters even if a guy has a great career average against me. You’re telling me I have to face him now because the commissioner wants to put a rule in that supposedly speeds up the game? I spent 10 years in the minors trying to fight my way to get here, and now that I’m finally here, I’ve got a guy telling me I might not stay long because of a rule change.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 26, 2019 at 03:31 PM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: rule changes

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

MLB lifts restrictions on Arizona Fall League players

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is lifting restrictions on which players can be sent to the Arizona Fall League for prospects and moving up the season by nearly a month.

The commissioner’s office said Tuesday that a team can send any player to the AFL. Previously, a player had to be at Double-A or Triple-A by Aug. 1, with one player from a lower level allowed per organization. In addition, players with one year of major league service as of Aug. 31 were excluded, with the exception of one player per organization who had been selected in the most recent winter meeting draft of unprotected players. There also was a limit on foreign players.

*Imagines how the Arizona Fall League would look if any player showed up- then realizes that wasn’t what was probably meant*

QLE Posted: March 20, 2019 at 07:42 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona fall league, rule changes

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Giants pitcher Jeff Samardzija wants ties in MLB

Giants pitcher Jeff Samardzija has an idea and he knows some people are going to find it weird.

He wants MLB games to end in ties.

“I don’t think we need to play extra-inning games,” he said, via the Mercury News. “End them in a tie, everyone gets one point like the Premier League. A win gets three points. Just end it at nine. We’re playing 162 games. Over that course of games, you should be able to tell who the best team is.”

If we’re going to be inundated with bad ideas as for rule changes, why not bad ideas from the players?

 

QLE Posted: March 16, 2019 at 08:24 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: extra innings, jeff samardzija, manfred is thinking about it, rule changes, ties

Friday, March 15, 2019

Rays not worried about MLB rule changes: ‘We have a lot of pitchers’

Limit pitching staffs to a max of 11 pitchers. By doing that, the three batter minimum wouldn’t be needed.

One, going into effect for 2020, would limit their matchup maneuvering by requiring pitchers to face a minimum of three batters (or to finish an inning).
Advertisement

Another reduces their flexibility in shuttling fresh arms to the bullpen by extending the time pitchers optioned to the minors (or placed on the injured list) have to stay from a minimum of 10 days to 15, although it could still be tweaked.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 15, 2019 at 08:29 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: rays, rule changes

MLB players are focused on what impact the new rule changes won’t have

Baseball’s current collective bargaining agreement doesn’t expire until December 2021, but the league’s long-reigning labor peace is at risk as tensions rise over free agency stagnation and disagreements about what has caused a recent downturn in the sport’s popularity. And so, with players speaking up about their frustration more than ever and some even openly dropping the S-word, the two sides came to the table this offseason to see what changes could be agreed upon now — before a work stoppage becomes a real threat.

Now, after weeks of negotiations, Major League Baseball and the players’ association have reached a consensus Thursday on a number of rule changes as well as the creation of a joint committee to discuss ongoing modifications to the game. The result represents a vastly reduced version of what the league office proposed in January and what the union counter-proposed in early February.

What’s left is what both sides can live with. And while fans and media will want to talk about what impact these changes are going to have, the players are more focused on what impact they won’t have.

Alternatively, it is a reminder of the old saw about how committees agree collectively to policies that no member would ever support individually….

 

QLE Posted: March 15, 2019 at 07:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mlbpa, rule changes

MLB announces new rules for trade deadline, All-Star voting, Home Run Derby

Some stuff on the list that wasn’t in the article I uploaded yesterday:

As per usual, fans will be allowed to vote for the All-Star game starters online. The top three vote-getters will then be involved in a one-day election to determine who ultimately gets the honor. It’s a recipe for fun.

MLB is hoping to bring more of its top talent into the annual Home Run Derby by raising the stakes. Starting in 2019, the prize for the content will be $1 million. While that’s not earth-shattering money for some players, it’s quite a bit for others, including people who could win it. Aaron Judge, for instance, will make $684,300 in 2019, so winning the derby is certainly in his best interest.

We’ve heard a lot about a proposed three-batter minimum for relief pitchers, but that won’t happen in 2019. It will in 2020, though, the league says. The MLBPA didn’t agree to the rule change, via reports, but the Commissioner’s Office can implement it anyway next year. The joint announcement only says the MLBPA “will not grieve or otherwise challenge” the rule change in 2020.

So, one that is a good idea but won’t be implemented (if it ever is) until next year, one clearly bad idea (given the history of poll manipulation), and one that comes across to me as bribery- yup, these are Rob Manfred ideas if I ever saw one….

 

 


Thursday, March 14, 2019

A preview of the new procedural changes coming to MLB in 2020

We’re already discussing the changes to the trade deadline- some other changes that will be coming:

The players’ union and MLB are expected to announce they have agreed, in 2020, to:

Roster expansion by one to 26, including a maximum 13 pitchers, in the regular and postseasons. After Aug. 31, rosters may grow to as many as 28, with a maximum of 14 pitchers. Previously, September rosters were allowed 40 players. The larger roster creates 30 major league jobs.

Increasing the injured list and option-recall duration for pitchers from 10 to 15 days.

The shortening of between-inning breaks at Major League Baseball’s discretion.

Extra innings of the All-Star Game would begin with a runner at second base.

Three-batter rule has been rejected, and confirmation that the pitch clock won’t be coming in 2019 or 2020.

It seems to me that most of these decisions, either of rules to change or rules not changed, are terrible- what say you?


Friday, March 01, 2019

Potential MLB, MLBPA rule changes could impact Giants at some point

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — For weeks there have been rumors that MLB and the MLB Players Association could come to an agreement on new rules, but that hasn’t been at the forefront of conversations in the Giants clubhouse.

When asked about the possibility of changes, several veteran players have pointed out that the real issue right now is the slowdown in free agency and service time manipulation, not a universal DH or a pitch clock.

“Some of these rules seem pretty insignificant to me considering the bigger picture,” Buster Posey said earlier this month.

A discussion of rule changes being considered- of note as a summary of those apparently under active consideration.


Thursday, February 28, 2019

Switch-pitcher Venditte figures rule change won’t hurt him

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Pat Venditte figures he has an advantage if Major League Baseball and the players’ association adopt a three-batter minimum for pitchers starting in 2020: the 33-year-old reliever is a switch-pitcher.

The rule, if adopted, might cause less use of left-handed relief specialists. That could benefit Venditte, who has made 56 appearances over three big-league seasons and is at his first spring training with the San Francisco Giants.

“As long as I’m executing pitches and getting guys out, that would be beneficial from a split standpoint,” Venditte said Wednesday. “The only thing that would throw that off would be a switch-hitter, obviously. Then I’d be just like anybody else. You could still have them go from their weaker side. If I’m doing my job, it would be advantageous to me.”

Does this make BOOGYs the new market inefficiency?

QLE Posted: February 28, 2019 at 07:44 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: pat venditte, rule changes, switch pitchers

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

BA: Atlantic League Expected To Add Robo-Umps, Other Changes From New MLB Agreement

“The independent Atlantic League has long been an innovator, and they have long been happy to blaze a trail for Major League Baseball to follow.

Now, the two sides have formalized what was already happening informally, as the league and Major League Baseball announced a three-year agreement that will allow MLB to use the independent league as a testbed for rules and equipment changes.

And those rules changes will be significant. While no one with the Atlantic League would confirm the changes, it is expected that the rules tweaks will involve moving back the mound and using Trackman to call balls and strikes, both rules changes that have long been suggested, but are significant enough to require plenty of in-game testing.”


 

 

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


BBTF Partner

Dynasty League Baseball

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Dingbat_Charlie
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogRoyals DFA Billy Hamilton
(18 - 10:08pm, Aug 18)
Last: JAHV

NewsblogMLB can appeal to a younger audience by embracing what's behind the curtain
(13 - 10:08pm, Aug 18)
Last: puck

NewsblogOT Soccer Thread - A New Season is Upon Baldrick
(503 - 10:07pm, Aug 18)
Last: Mefisto

NewsblogYankees Manager Aaron Boone Says MLB Should Consider Adding Mercy Rule
(31 - 10:05pm, Aug 18)
Last: Jose is Absurdly Unemployed

NewsblogOMNICHATTER for the weekend of August 17-18, 2019
(90 - 9:41pm, Aug 18)
Last: bobm

NewsblogIs a lingering oblique injury contributing to Aaron Judge's slump?
(14 - 9:25pm, Aug 18)
Last: Sunday silence

NewsblogOT - Catch-All Pop Culture Extravaganza (August 2019)
(242 - 9:22pm, Aug 18)
Last: Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant

NewsblogJosh Hamilton Says Holy Spirit Spoke to Him Before 2011 World Series Home Run
(13 - 8:59pm, Aug 18)
Last: Red Voodooin

NewsblogPadres star rookie Fernando Tatis Jr. will 'most likely' miss rest of year with back injury
(9 - 8:26pm, Aug 18)
Last: Jeff Frances the Mute

NewsblogVideo: Player’s Weird Batting Stance Goes Viral During LLWS
(17 - 6:56pm, Aug 18)
Last: the Hugh Jorgan returns

NewsblogThis year's crop of major free-agent relievers has been a $250 million disaster
(23 - 6:16pm, Aug 18)
Last: bobm

NewsblogVladimir Guerrero Jr. to undergo MRI after leaving game vs. Mariners
(5 - 5:24pm, Aug 18)
Last: puck

NewsblogAaron Boone, two Yankees players thrown out in win against Cleveland
(5 - 3:40pm, Aug 18)
Last: Joe Bivens, Slack Rumped Rutabaga Head

NewsblogOT - NBA thread (Playoffs through off-season)
(6518 - 3:13pm, Aug 18)
Last: tshipman

NewsblogBryce Harper, the clutch god
(13 - 1:46pm, Aug 18)
Last: BrianBrianson

Page rendered in 1.0992 seconds
94 querie(s) executed