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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

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 Posted: July 21, 2016 at 02:01 PM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: replay, replay sucks, rules

 

 

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