Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


Contributors

Jim Furtado
Founder & Publisher

Syndicate

Home Run Derby Newsbeat

Tuesday, April 07, 2020

Home Run Derby, Anyone? Eight Ideas to Shorten Extra Innings

The start of spring without baseball has left many of us with ample time to obsess over the game we don’t have. While we devote our attention to watching classic games, reading great baseball books and rewatching favorite films, getting our baseball fix also involves pondering the state of our game.

Revamping extra innings is among the structural changes the league is considering to improve pace of play. Some ideas, like beginning the inning with a runner on second base, have already been implemented at certain levels of baseball. Others, like Justin Turner proposing a home run derby to decide games in extras, are much more drastic.

Below is a list of eight possible changes–tiered by their invasiveness–baseball can make to its extra-innings format to avoid six-hour games and ensure a more exciting product. It’s worth acknowledging every idea is slanted to encourage offense so games end sooner. Apologies to all the pitchers in the baseball universe. 

While I am still partial to the status quo, some of these extra-innings suggestions do sound fun.

With conditions being what they are, discussing this seems to be rather out of place…..

 

QLE Posted: April 07, 2020 at 01:04 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, extra innings, home run derby

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Baseball brainstorm: How MLB’s stars could play a bigger role in deciding the season

The fate of Major League Baseball’s 2020 season is up in the air as the world reels from the coronavirus pandemic. At the very least, its form will have to be altered. That is not what anyone wished for, but if public health eventually stabilizes enough to allow for sporting events, an unusual season could carry a small opportunity for America’s most tradition-bound game. A season that is already inherently different is a chance to float a trial balloon, to see how different the sport can be before we denounce it as too different.

So, we assembled the Yahoo Sports baseball staff in Slack, put the more pressing pandemic-related questions to the side for a moment, and took to the whiteboard, so to speak: What experiments could baseball run in 2020 that might stick around?

So, any of you think you can top these for bad ideas?

 

QLE Posted: April 01, 2020 at 12:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, home run derby, re-entry

 

 

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


BBTF Partner

Dynasty League Baseball

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogSon of Agassi, Graf could be a future ace
(25 - 5:21pm, May 31)
Last: Sunday silence

NewsblogMLB owners sending latest plan to MLBPA that includes sliding pay scale for players
(89 - 5:00pm, May 31)
Last: Sunday silence

NewsblogEmpty Stadium Sports Will Be Really Weird
(4481 - 4:46pm, May 31)
Last: never forget: the pee tape is 57i66135

NewsblogMLB teams release hundreds of minor league players, per report
(8 - 4:33pm, May 31)
Last: vortex of dissipation

NewsblogNationals’ Max Scherzer signals union’s rejection of MLB’s proposed salary cuts
(2 - 4:08pm, May 31)
Last: Sunday silence

NewsblogMLB Network to celebrate Derek Jeter's career with 64 consecutive hours of Jeter programming
(38 - 3:00pm, May 31)
Last: puck

NewsblogNot in Missouri anymore: Royals move legal home to Delaware
(7 - 9:30pm, May 30)
Last: Zach

NewsblogOT – NBA CoronaThread 2020
(3128 - 7:59pm, May 30)
Last: tshipman

NewsblogRoy Steele, the A’s ‘Voice of God,’ dies
(4 - 6:28pm, May 30)
Last: AndrewJ

NewsblogA's Tell Minor Leaguers They Won't Be Paid for the Remainder of the Season
(36 - 6:07pm, May 30)
Last: The Yankee Clapper

NewsblogWe Can Show Baseball Reruns, Too
(64 - 10:39am, May 30)
Last: Hysterical & Useless

NewsblogOT Soccer Thread - Spring 2020
(245 - 9:29am, May 30)
Last: Fancy Pants Handle struck out swinging

NewsblogThe Chinese Professional Baseball League OMNICHATTER
(404 - 6:35am, May 30)
Last: Weekly Journalist_

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-29-2020
(16 - 11:26pm, May 29)
Last: Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome

NewsblogBatting .400? A sub-1.00 ERA? Here are the MLB records that could be threatened in an 82-game season
(48 - 8:38pm, May 29)
Last: McCoy

Page rendered in 1.1394 seconds
72 querie(s) executed