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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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