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Friday, December 14, 2018

Some MLB front offices are starting to embrace an out-of-the-box idea to boost trading at the winter meetings

Baseball is the only sport that truly gets year-round coverage.  TINO!

This idea has no legs.

The idea here is that the last day of the winter meetings would be a trade deadline. It’s always a Thursday, and the Rule 5 draft is held in the morning. As previously noted, after the Rule 5, it’s pretty much dead. So let’s say the deadline is set Thursday at noon local time for wherever the meetings are located and then teams can’t trade again until some point in spring training.

Such a deadline would absolutely make the MLB’s key offseason event a lot more exciting. Things like the a potential blockbuster between the Dodgers and Reds would either be completed or fall apart in time for the teams to turn elsewhere. It would actually help free agency, too, because once teams can’t trade anymore, the only remaining option to shore up holes would be free agency.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2018 at 06:48 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: rules

Monday, October 29, 2018

MLB’s crackdown on sign stealing has already begun

I can’t see how a catcher could chat with the pitcher.

MLB recognizes it is going to have to make a significant expenditure to come up with technology to counter at least some of the thievery, likely with either communication systems that would allow the catcher, pitcher and middle infielders to speak and hear each other — like what an NFL quarterback has in his helmet — or a watch that multiple players could look at to get what the signs are without the catcher having to put down fingers. But the sense is that no advancement is far enough along to be ready for the 2019 season.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 29, 2018 at 10:44 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: rules, sign stealing

Friday, August 31, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-31-2018

Chicago Eagle, August 31, 1918:

When the baseball rules are getting their next revision, whenever that may be, an effort will be made to change the present interpretation in regard to home runs which decide ball games. Under the system now in vogue a batsman may hit the ball outside a park, but if the runners on bases [sic] settle the game the hitter does not get credit for his home run, and it does not go into the records as such.

I guess I understand how that came to be - when the scoring rules were written, they weren’t really thinking about guys hitting the ball 450 feet. Still, changing this was a good idea.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 31, 2018 at 12:36 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, rules

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Tampa’s minor-league team lost without giving up a walk or hit. Blame a new baseball rule.

The Philadelphia Phillies’ Class A affiliate had no hits and no walks against the Tampa Tarpons, yet it beat the New York Yankees’ Florida State League club 1-0.

Clearwater took advantage of a rule introduced this year that places a runner at second base at the start of each extra inning to cut down on marathon games. The rule has been criticized by baseball traditionalists. On Monday, it made it possible for Tampa to lose despite a nearly perfect game.


Monday, June 18, 2018

Juan Soto Makes His Second MLB Debut Tonight

The Nationals and Yankees will share a strange and complicated experience Monday evening when, at 5:05 p.m., they resume the game suspended due to rain with the score tied in the sixth inning on May 15.

But Howie Kendrick, now out for the season with an Achilles’ injury, is due up third that inning. Andrew Stevenson, since optioned to Class AAA Syracuse, is also in the lineup. Adam Eaton and Daniel Murphy, both available now, were not on the active roster that day. Juan Soto had not yet made his major league debut. What are the Nationals to do?

Bote Man Posted: June 18, 2018 at 11:01 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: juan soto, nationals, rules, suspended games

 

 

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