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Friday, February 20, 2015

MLB announces pace of game initiatives, replay modifications | MLB.com

To do my part I just did a quick read before posting.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 20, 2015 at 10:36 AM | 94 comment(s)
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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Sources: MLB could alter strike zone as response to declining offense - Yahoo Sports

Of course, a lot of pitchers are now starting to work up in the zone.

Concern around baseball about the strike zone filtered down to the MLB’s Playing Rules Committee, which must formally adopt a rules change before it’s implemented. The committee will pay close attention to the size of the strike zone in 2015 with an eye on change as early as 2016 after studies showed it has expanded significantly since 2009, coinciding with a precipitous dip in run scoring. Of particular concern, sources said, is the low strike, a scourge not only because it has stretched beyond the zone’s boundaries but is considered a significantly more difficult pitch to hit.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 12, 2015 at 07:05 PM | 75 comment(s)
  Beats: rules of play

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Baseball’s Choice: Change or Die | VICE Sports

They don’t need a big clock. They need umpires to enforce the rules already in place. Such a change wouldn’t require negotiation with the union. Such a change wouldn’t generate another distracting clock on my TV screen or at the ball park. Yet, it would accomplish the goal.

Baseball is a great game. It doesn’t need radical overhauls to stay popular. It just needs to be tweaked to keep the action moving and to help it fit into our busy lifestyles.

The timeless—in not having a clock, and in never changing—notion of baseball possesses undeniable appeal, just like any warm memory. We want to keep baseball the same just as we want to keep ourselves the same, to live endless summer. But that soft-focus, dadcore idea of the game has a fatal glitch: like any memory, you can’t put your arms around it.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 29, 2015 at 08:57 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: rules of play

Make relievers face more than 1 batter for faster game, more runs | FOX Sports

I would think it would take a few years for teams and hitters to evolve. For me, a little less offense isn’t really an issue. Game time is a bigger issue. Get the time back down to 2.5 hours and I’ll be happy.

Baseball already is kicking around ways to improve the game under new Commissioner Rob Manfred, but some ideas are just too radical, not to mention premature. Take the elimination of defensive shifts. Manfred raised that idea as a radical possibility in an interview with ESPN last Sunday, but quickly backed off in my interview with him on FOX Sports Live that aired Wednesday night.

“Maybe a lot of hitters went home this winter and they figured out how to go the other way against the shift and it will self-correct and we’re not going to need to make a change,” Manfred said.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 29, 2015 at 07:04 AM | 269 comment(s)
  Beats: rules of play

Saturday, January 17, 2015

MLB to use pitch clock in Double-A, Triple-A games - ESPN

Do they really need a clock? Can’t the umpires just speed up the pace by making the batters get in the box quicker and making the pitcher deliver the ball as soon as the batter is in the box? The Rules of Play already cover this. Rule 6 (The Batter) and Rule 8 (The Pitcher) already place time limits on the batter and pitcher. So, they don’t need to change the rules; they just need to enforce them.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 17, 2015 at 06:52 AM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: rules of play

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

MLB trying to pick up pace of play - ESPN

Baloney.

“The thing that gets me about all this,” said Orioles manager Buck Showalter, “is that there are only two groups of people I hear consistently complain about the pace of games, and that’s the umpires and the media, people who are at the game 162 times a year. But that family of four in the stands, those people who come to three games a year, I don’t hear them complaining about the length or the pace of games. So what’s the endgame we’re trying to get to? ... What are we basing this on?”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 14, 2015 at 05:46 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: rules of play

Friday, January 09, 2015

5 bold predictions for the rest of the MLB offseason. | SportsonEarth.com : Anthony Castrovince Article

Alas, nobody’s seriously expecting the 20-second pitch clock—the best of the pace-of-play procedures tested in the Arizona Fall League—to be instituted anytime soon, but one league source said the “one foot in the batter’s box” rule that was also tested does have some legs (pun intended).


Friday, November 21, 2014

MLB to tweak replay system, but managers’ challenges will stay | New York Post

How will this be done? Will there be a time limit?

Joe Torre, baseball’s executive vice president of baseball operations, said last week at the general managers’ meetings that managers would no longer slowly stroll from the dugout to the umpire in order to give his team time to determine whether to challenge the on-field ruling. Managers instead could signal from the dugout.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 21, 2014 at 06:25 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: rules of play

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Sports on Earth:Delessio:Picking Up the Pace

In other news, Sports on Earth is still alive.

The Atlantic League is experimenting with rules to improve the pace of play:

In the eighth inning of a game against the York Revolution on the first weekend in August, Brendan Harris, an infielder for the Atlantic League’s Long Island Ducks, was intentionally walked. The free pass got an ovation from Ducks fans at Bethpage Ballpark, but the cheers weren’t for the baserunner as much as for the method used to put him there.

Rather than having York pitcher Dan Cortes throw four intentional balls to Harris, the Revolution simply informed the home plate umpire of their intentions, and Harris was awarded first base without seeing a single pitch. Fans weren’t just watching a key moment in a tight game; they were watching the beginning of grand baseball experiment.

Days earlier, the Atlantic League had introduced five new measures (including one that allowed for automatic intentional walks) designed to speed up the pace of play—ones that would be tested for the remainder of the 2014 season and then studied in advance of Opening Day 2015.

In the first 30 days, they’ve cut the average game time by 9 minutes.

puck Posted: September 10, 2014 at 12:08 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: length of games, mlb, rules of play

 

 

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