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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

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)
  Beats: rules of play

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

Wednesday, February 04, 2015


Tuesday, February 03, 2015


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).


 

 

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