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Monday, August 29, 2016

Blake Swihart says he’ll be back for spring training

Talking about roster rules.

How many times have we written about this? How many times have we broached this subject? There are always managers and general managers who rail against the current September roster system, which allows as many 40-man roster players as each team will allow.

MLB and the Players’ Association are currently in negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement, and the September roster issue is on the table, according to a major league source familiar with the talks.

So will anything happen?

“I do think we need to equalize them,” said Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski. “There are many ways to do that.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 29, 2016 at 06:29 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, red sox, rules

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Ted Berg: I badly wanted MLB to adopt replay before 2014. Now I find it boring and dumb

I get that it’s a complicated thing and there are a million factors I haven’t considered. But the way it is right now kind of stinks, and I can’t imagine it’s actually improving MLB’s on-field product even if it’s technically making it more fair.

Like sports talk radio, it starts more arguments than it solves.

Bote Man makes baseball fun again Posted: July 21, 2016 at 02:01 PM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: replay, replay sucks, rules

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

What impact would raising the strike zone really have?

Now fast-forward to the age we live in. Where umpires are graded on every pitch, after every game they work, by how close they come to the rulebook strike zone. And where every umpire who has reached the big leagues in the past decade has been trained to call that zone.

The result is the largest strike zone, as measured by pitches being called strikes, that has ever been measured. According to Jon Roegele, who has done amazing work on this subject at Hardball Times, the zone has grown by more than 5 percent since 2010, two years after all ballparks had PITCHf/x technology available and a year after MLB began using it to grade umpires. Where has that zone been growing? Downward, of course.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 01, 2016 at 09:29 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: rules

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Report: MLB nearing changes to strike zone and intentional walks

In a report filed on Friday, Stark says that the league’s competition committee reportedly agreed to alter the strike zone and eliminate the four-pitch intentional walk during their meetings with owners this week. Those two changes could be implemented as early as the 2017 season. 

He says the strike zone will be raised to the top of the knee, because umpires have taken a liking to calling pitches that were below the knees entirely. That means pitchers will have to bring the baseball up, which means hitters should have a better chance to elevate the baseball.

The change in the intentional-walk rule would end the traditional practice of requiring the pitcher to lob four balls outside the strike zone. Instead, a team could signify it wants to issue an intentional walk, and the hitter would be immediately sent to first base, sources said.

 

McCoy Posted: May 21, 2016 at 07:58 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: bombshell, rules, strike zone

 

 

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