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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-25-2020

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, June 25, 1920:

A change in the baseball rule, governing balls hit out of the playing fields, will go into effect [today], it was announced by American League headquarters [yesterday].
The rule in question…provides that a ball shall be judged fair or foul “according to where it passes over the boundry line of the actual playing field.”
Under the new ruling if an umpire sees a ball land foul it must be called foul, regardless of whether it passed over the boundary fence fair. The change applies to both major leagues.

Wow. I really hate that rule change. I’m happy it didn’t last.

Also on the same page, the Cardinals are moving to Sportsman’s Park in order to accomodate increased fan interest. They’d stay at Sportsman’s until Busch Stadium opened in 1953.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 25, 2020 at 10:25 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, rules

Thursday, June 04, 2020

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-4-2020

Water Valley [Mississippi] Progress-Itemizer, June 4, 1920:

The new rule making the ball dead if it hits the bat when a batter is dodging a bad pitch is already causing trouble. The umpire’s judgment as to whether the batter tried to dodge decides and of course that judgment is disputed according to the advantage gained by the teams playing. Every time some batters hit a foul now or an easy grounder to the infield they claim they were trying to dodge a wild pitch.

Yeesh, that seems like a terrible rule. I’m happy it’s gone.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 04, 2020 at 10:23 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, rules

Friday, March 27, 2020

Baseball Question of the Day: If you could change one rule, what would it be?

Today’s first baseball question — our unofficial one — was about your favorite Opening Day memory. Let’s have do a standalone question. It’s an oldie but a goldie — one that I’ve been asked a million times before but which I think everyone has an opinion about — and it’s this: if you could change one rule in the game, what would it be?

For this let’s keep it to an actual rule. I’m not asking about the circumstances of the game, what cities you’d expand to, how you would realign the league or how you would change the playoffs. We can do those on other days. For this I want to know about something in the rule book or the official scoring or what have you.

Also, let’s once again not include the DH. There is nothing more predictable and rote than DH/anti-DH arguments. It really does get old to do that for the 10,000th time. Most of us know 100% of what you’re gonna say about the DH the moment you start saying it. All we need to know is if you’re pro or con. I’d rather argue about religion or politics.

All right, what sort of new rulebook could we come up with after all of our potential changes?


QLE Posted: March 27, 2020 at 12:58 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: rule changes, rules

Monday, March 02, 2020

New Pickoff Rule Coming To Minors After Indy Ball Success In 2019

Major League Baseball will change pickoff rules in 2020 for a significant portion of the minor leagues.

Two farm directors confirmed that they have been told that when the 2020 season begins, MiLB pitchers will be required to step off the rubber before they can throw to a base on a pickoff attempt. As such, the new rule will eliminate the Andy Pettitte-style pickoff move where a lefty hangs on his back leg before either stepping toward first base and throwing over or stepping toward home to pitch. Inside moves at second base are also prohibited by the rule change.

The rule will be implemented at Class A and below. The Florida State League is set to use automated ball-strike calls (ABS) at a majority of its parks for 2020, and there is some thought that the pickoff rule is at least tangentially related to ABS.

This pickoff rule was enacted for the independent Atlantic League (which implemented rule changes at MLB’s request) last season at that league’s all-star break, at the same time that the league began using an automated strike zone fueled by Trackman data to call balls and strikes.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 02, 2020 at 08:29 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: rules



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