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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Designated Aesthetic: Why the National League DH Debate Can Be Irrational Without Being Invalid «

Although I’ve preferred the DH for years, I did not much care whether the NL had the DH or not. The daily implementation of interleague play has changed my opinion. You see, I really dislike interleague play. The current implementation of interleague, which sucks for a number of reasons, further penalizes teams which sign dedicated DHs, like the Red Sox, as they lose that bat during 10 games.

So, instead of bickering over whether MLB should get rid of the DH, maybe we can all agree to push MLB to get rid of interleague play, which nobody can dispute, is a far bigger abomination than the DH or pitchers batting.

And if you think I’m crazy for liking all this stuff, that’s fine. I might be. My liking the DH is almost certainly the result of growing up in a National League media market before MLB.tv, so DH-free ball was all I ever knew as a kid. But if you feel differently, there’s a league for you. I don’t mind that the two leagues are different. In fact, I wish they were more so — that we still had no interleague play, and more restrictive rules on trades and waiver claims between the two leagues. Walling off one league from another creates divergent evolutionary paths, allows us to peek into an alternative timeline. We get this in sports where difference in culture dictates a different style of play. To a certain extent this is true in baseball — the Japanese play baseball differently than Americans do. But it’s not as extreme as in other sports. We see the difference during international hockey, on the big ice with no trapezoid, and basketball, where goaltending rules are different and they call traveling.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 28, 2015 at 11:40 AM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: designated hitter, rules of play

Monday, April 27, 2015

Pitchers batting is dumb and the DH should be universal | HardballTalk

Watching pitchers hit is like watching the bathing suit competition in a senior citizen beauty pageant.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 27, 2015 at 08:43 AM | 402 comment(s)
  Beats: designated hitters, rules of play

Sunday, April 12, 2015


Wednesday, April 01, 2015

The Common Law Origins of the Infield Fly Rule

The infield fly rule is neither a rule of law nor one of equity; it is a rule of baseball.

Zach Posted: April 01, 2015 at 04:51 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: clubhouse lawyer, infield fly, old orioles, rules of play

Monday, March 23, 2015

Bridgeport Bluefish and Long Island Ducks will experiment with foul-ball strikes and three-pitch walks

Last August, author Paul Auster — also a big baseball fan — wrote a letter to the editor of the New York Times with a radical idea about how to speed up baseball games:

Eliminate the two-strike foul ball as a neutral play (neither strike nor ball) and rule it a strike. To compensate for the advantage this would give the pitcher, allow the batter to go to first base after three balls instead of four.

At least a couple of teams think it might be fun to see how this works. Thankfully they’re in the independent Atlantic League. It’s the Bridgeport Bluefish and the Long Island Ducks, and in August they’re going to experiment with these very rules.

Karl from NY Posted: March 23, 2015 at 03:17 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: atlantic league, crazy clown town, rules of play

 

 

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