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Saturday, November 16, 2019

Requiem for a LOOGY: The problem with baseball’s latest pace-of-play solution

Let’s say you worked your entire life as a car mechanic. It’s been a good gig. The pay was enough to make rent and save for the kids’ college. There were laughs and friendships at the garage. You were a decent mechanic, too — from bumper to bumper could do it all with a reasonable level of skill and efficiency.

Only, a few years back, you discovered you were really good at fixing clutches. You understood clutches. They understood you, too. So you specialized and got even better. Maybe you even invented new stuff for clutches that only you got, so you were kind of irreplaceable. Promotions came and with them raises. The kids might not have to go to State after all. Little Becky is whip smart and you can afford the private school a couple states over. All because you were a whiz at clutches.

Then, one day, there were no more clutches. They were gone. Technology or tariffs, or something. And seeing as cars had changed a bunch over the past decade or so, you didn’t really know much about the rest of them. You were a clutch guy. All the garages in town already had plenty of regular mechanics and nobody needed a clutch specialist anymore.

So you thought it over. You could go back to school, learn about the other parts of cars, but that would take years, and rent’s due in three weeks, and Becky’s a sophomore at Holy Something or Bryn Something, and nobody ever promised clutches would be around forever but why wouldn’t there be clutches when there are still cars, and now what?

Would it be too callow for me to point out that this sort of thing has happened numerous times throughout history, and that it usually happened to people who contributed far more to society than mediocre relief pitchers?

 

QLE Posted: November 16, 2019 at 12:16 AM | 19 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: loogy, rule changes

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   1. Captain Supporter Posted: November 16, 2019 at 09:05 AM (#5901604)
This article works well as a parody, but no so well as an economics primer. Or is the author really arguing that we should force car manufacturers to keep inferior technology in their cars as long as there were mechanics who worked on them? I guess Gutenberg should never have been allowed to invent the printing press. Think of those poor out-of-work scribes.

   2. PreservedFish Posted: November 16, 2019 at 09:21 AM (#5901605)
First of all, the article is obviously pretty light-hearted, so I don't think the huffy reply in #1 is called for.

The excerpt doesn't have the actual proposal, which is this:

While the new rule [that everyone must pitch to 3 batters] would apply to the huge percentage of relievers, the upper tier of one-batter pitchers over the past decade should be grandfathered into their previous and usual jobs. A team would be allowed to use those pitchers for one batter. They would be designated as the LAROOFGY class, or Left- And Right-handed One Out Forever Guys, for whom the rule is waived until they retire.


He proposes that a mere 26 pitchers be grandfathered.
   3. PreservedFish Posted: November 16, 2019 at 09:27 AM (#5901606)
Of course one could argue that Jerry Blevins and Oliver Perez are already made in the shade, and it's actually more charitable to let a more versatile minor league pitcher take their jobs.
   4. pikepredator Posted: November 16, 2019 at 09:46 AM (#5901607)
As a Sox fan had the pitch clock come of age while Ortiz was still playing, I would not have supported grandfathering in his . . . proclivities.
   5. Omineca Greg Posted: November 16, 2019 at 09:55 AM (#5901609)
Nope, I think it's a lost cause. [shakes head sadly]

Time to call a Death Cab for Loogy.
   6. PreservedFish Posted: November 16, 2019 at 09:58 AM (#5901611)
I do remember when I started watching hockey in the 90s there was like one guy that still played without a helmet.
   7. "RMc", the superbatsman Posted: November 16, 2019 at 10:02 AM (#5901614)
As I've said before, all teams should carry 432 pitchers, to cover every conceivable base/out situation for each inning, both lefty and righty.
   8. Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: November 16, 2019 at 10:05 AM (#5901615)
The problem is that the number of mid-inning pitching changes is the same as it was back when the pace of play was to everyone's liking, making this a "solution" to something other than the cause of the slowing.
   9. nick swisher hygiene Posted: November 16, 2019 at 10:39 AM (#5901618)
Greg, your work has not gone unappreciated.....
   10. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: November 16, 2019 at 10:57 AM (#5901620)
The problem is that the number of mid-inning pitching changes is the same as it was back when the pace of play was to everyone's liking, making this a "solution" to something other than the cause of the slowing.

Correct. I think this is a good change, but doesn't address the core problem: dicking around between pitches.
   11. The Yankee Clapper Posted: November 16, 2019 at 12:51 PM (#5901639)
I think this is a good change, but doesn't address the core problem: dicking around between pitches.
Scoreboard shaming should do the trick. No one likes to be ridiculed, much less called out for ‘dicking around’ in public.
   12. John DiFool2 Posted: November 16, 2019 at 01:13 PM (#5901644)
I do remember when I started watching hockey in the 90s there was like one guy that still played without a helmet.


Craig MacTavish.
   13. The Yankee Clapper Posted: November 16, 2019 at 01:23 PM (#5901648)
I do remember when I started watching hockey in the 90s there was like one guy that still played without a helmet.
I remember when goalies didn’t wear masks. Men were men back then, with a lot of scars to prove it.
   14. Misirlou gave her his Vincent to ride Posted: November 16, 2019 at 01:38 PM (#5901653)
I thought it was Keith Brown, but I see MacTavish lasted 2 years longer.
   15. Misirlou gave her his Vincent to ride Posted: November 16, 2019 at 01:43 PM (#5901655)
And just as a trivial aside, Hockey-Ref has the 3 letter abbreviation for the Black Hawks as CBH, until the 1986-87 season when it changes to CHI. Thus, on Brown's player page, he's listed as 7 seasons with CBH and 7 with CHI, with his stats broken down between the 2 teams, which is one team, the Chicago Black Hawks. And of course that's true of every player who played on them at that time. Dennis Savard has 7 seasons with CHI and 6 with CBH. Weird.
   16. Hysterical & Useless Posted: November 17, 2019 at 12:29 PM (#5901817)
I remember when goalies didn’t wear masks. Men were men back then, with a lot of scars to prove it.

And very few teeth.
   17. Howie Menckel Posted: November 17, 2019 at 12:36 PM (#5901819)
MacTavish one four rings, three with Edmonton and one in 1994 with the Rangers (who had 7 or 8 ex-Oiler teammates).

sample mocking to a Rangers fan: "You guys haven't won the Cup in so long that tone of the players on that last team didn't even wear a helmet!"

Boston's Gerry Cheevers had a cool 1970s goalie mask. whenever a puck would leave an impact on it, he would have simulated stitches on it. this is before Texas Chainsaw Massacre or Friday the 13th.

https://gamedaysportsmemorabilia.com/gerry-cheevers-signed-bruins-mask-close-up-b-w-8x10-photo-w-hof85/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIsKKJ0eTx5QIVl5OzCh0CJw9XEAQYAiABEgLeqfD_BwE
   18. Jose Goes to Absurd Lengths for 50K Posted: November 17, 2019 at 05:23 PM (#5901850)
15 - 1986 was the year the Black Hawks became the Blackhawks.
   19. Eddo Posted: November 18, 2019 at 05:15 AM (#5901898)
Scoreboard shaming should do the trick. No one likes to be ridiculed, much less called out for ‘dicking around’ in public.

That's all well and good until pitchers start throwing at players on the home team because the scoreboard operator hurt their feelings.

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