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Friday, February 10, 2017

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-10-2017

Chicago Eagle, February 10, 1917:

[Tacoma infielder] Fred McMullin came in from third on the dead run and slid for the plate. McMullin knew he didn’t touch it, but he was afraid to slide back as the catcher had the ball in his hand.
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“He wasn’t safe, was he?” demanded Cadman, who was catching for Seattle. The umpire shook his head. At this, Cadman, holding the ball in his hand, dashed over to the Tacoma bench to tag McMullin. Fred waited until he all but reached his end of the bench, and then slid over to the other end.

Cadman followed him, and as he did so slipped on some mud and fell to his knees. McMullin leaped up from his seat, sprinted to the plate, and touched it.

The umpire called him safe.

What happens if neither the runner nor catcher realize home plate wasn’t touched? Does the ump refuse to continue play until the players figure out what happened?

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 10, 2017 at 09:56 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, rules

Monday, February 06, 2017

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-6-2017

The [Pendleton] East Oregonian, February 6, 1917:

[Braves owner] Percy Haughton started it when he declared the offensive side of baseball needed some changes, and then outlined a few. Now they’re all doing it.
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One of the most recent suggestions along these lines is that a pitcher not be allowed to pitch his first two balls to the batter in the curve fashion. Each of the first two heaves should be straight and above board, it is contended.

Every time I think I’ve seen the dumbest possible rule change to goose offense, I see something dumber. I’m with [former Red Sox manager] Bill Carrigan, quoted in the Ottumwa Courier:

You don’t hear many managers or umpires recommending that this or that rule be changed, do you?...Fans like the game as it is today. When they start complaining it will be time to consider what changes should be made.

At least somebody was being sensible.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 06, 2017 at 11:11 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, crazytown bananapants, dugout, history, rules

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-31-2017

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, January 31, 1917:

President John K. Tener of the National League said today that he will submit to the joint rules committee which meets [in New York] next month a recommendation to increase the width of the home plate from 17 to 18 inches and send a batsman to first base on three balls instead of four. Such a change in rules he declared, would bring about the desired increase in batting.

A four-ball walk is sacred in 2017, but was less than 30 years old when Tener designed this proposal. I’m happy they didn’t go through with it, but it wouldn’t have seemed too insane to the people back then.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 31, 2017 at 11:00 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, rules, walks

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-15-2016

Philadelphia Evening Ledger, December 15, 1916:

When the National League magnates agreed yesterday that something should be done to improve the batting and base-running, they took a step in the right direction…

It’s hard to see, however, how the magnates can rectify present conditions. One magnate suggests that a batsman be given a base on three balls instead of four, while another asks a recall of the present foul-strike rule. He contends that if a rule were made whereby a batter was penalized only for his first foul his chances for hitting safely would be greatly increased.

People would melt down these days - myself included - if someone formally proposed a three-ball walk.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 15, 2016 at 10:30 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, rules

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

 

 

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