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Monday, October 12, 2015

Baseball Is Not a Contact Sport | FanGraphs Baseball

If only ONE player gets hurt, the rules need to be changed!

Oh, brother.

What matters is that players get hurt, and while you can’t make rules to eliminate all injuries, you can certainly work to eliminate injuries caused by other players when they deliberately behave in certain ways. It doesn’t really make sense that baseball, as a sport, would leave the door open to vicious takeout slides at second base. It doesn’t go with everything else, especially now that we’ve mostly gotten rid of collisions at home, and the reality is that baseball has enough of an injury problem already. Every year, we lose some of the most talented pitchers in the world, simply because they tried to pitch. That problem isn’t going away in the foreseeable future, and it’s bad for the sport, especially if injury frequencies are increasing. Players should be protected as best they can. Baseball should keep safe as many as it can. It already knows it’s going to lose a few. It should try to keep that number as low as possible.

 

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2015 at 09:54 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: chase utley, ruben tejada, rules

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Proposing a Callup Rule Change

MLB needs to enact a daily 22-man roster for September games. When a manager hands his lineup card to the umpire, he would also hand over his full 22-man squad for the day. There are still 40 roster-eligible players in the clubhouse, and the Major League experience is not cheapened at all for prospects.

Without starting pitchers on the bench, teams lose the occasional option of Madison Bumgarner as a pinch-hitter or Andrew Cashner as a pinch-runner. But notice how we set the number at 22 instead of the 21 you’d have by subtracting four rotation members. If a pitcher is really that valuable to his team’s offense, he can stay on the roster with that extra spot. Or—even better—that spot could be used for someone who actually gets paid to pinch-hit or pinch-run.

With a 22-man roster, a manager’s options aren’t any more limited than they were on Opening Day. Plus, teams can choose to keep fatigued relievers off the daily roster entirely, meaning fresh bullpens every day. That eliminates any concern about pitching depth for a game that lasts, say, 15 innings.

It isn’t a perfect solution, but the way the game is played—and managed—hardly changes at all. Without a limitless supply of relievers, managers have the same tools at their disposal that they had over the first five months. The guess here is that teams would choose to put seven or eight men in the ‘pen—the same number most go with from April to August.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 30, 2015 at 09:38 PM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, rules, september roster expansions

 

 

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