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Wednesday, August 25, 2021

What MLB players would change about their sport

Does the game need fixing?
Yes: 4
No: 16

When asked more generally, players were hesitant to find problems with a game that has given them so much. Many believe it needs tweaking but isn’t necessarily broken, as some of the harsher critics of baseball have suggested over time.

And of those who do have issues, many find them off the field rather than on it.

Jesse Winker, Cincinnati Reds outfielder: “I feel like we’re always trying to fix the game [on the field], but I say if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. We have a beautiful game. I grew up enjoying the game because of the way it is.”

Andrew Miller, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher: “We think the [financial] system is outdated and it needs to be adjusted to account for young players taking up more significant parts of the roster. Competition from all 30 teams will fix a lot of what’s going on in the markets. If everyone is trying to win, the free-agent market will certainly be better for players.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 25, 2021 at 11:27 AM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Duke Posted: August 25, 2021 at 11:54 AM (#6036241)
Trevor Rogers quote is great: baseball is a very simple game

Spoken like a young man with loads of talent !

He’s right in many ways, though
   2. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: August 25, 2021 at 12:12 PM (#6036250)
Is either the pace or length of games in baseball a problem?
Yes: 9
No: 11
   3. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: August 25, 2021 at 12:28 PM (#6036252)
Rogers: "I like the runner at second base in extra innings. I would keep that. At first I wasn't for it but as it progressed, it saves guys in the bullpen ...

Oh boo f'n hoo.... 8 and 9-man bullpens and now they need "saving" from the horrors of the couple-times-a-season 13 or 14-inning game. Shut up.

I guess I should just be glad none of the responses included "Baseball needs MoAr GaMbLiNg!11!!"
   4. John DiFool2 Posted: August 25, 2021 at 01:28 PM (#6036258)
Are analytics applied the right way in the game?

Rather ambiguous question I'd say: one could think that "No, teams are still NOT using them to their full potential", or "No, they're being used too much". Lo and behold, all of the quotes from the players were of the latter category.
   5. villageidiom Posted: August 25, 2021 at 05:13 PM (#6036317)
Is either the pace or length of games in baseball a problem?
Yes: 9
No: 11
I mean, if the baseball game were the only thing I had going on all day, I wouldn't find it to be a problem, either.
   6. Tony S Posted: August 25, 2021 at 07:44 PM (#6036348)
it saves guys in the bullpen

As pitchers do less and less and less over time, to "preserve their arms", has anyone studied whether pitchers get hurt less today (in frequency and severity) than they did in decades past? Do they have longer careers?

If we're going to have all these gadgets and gimmicks in the game, one would assume that some benefit is arising from them. Has anyone actually checked? If pitchers are blowing out their arms just as often as they did in 1975 or 1985 or 1995, then, what, exactly, are we accomplishing here?

You may now depart my lawn at your own chosen speed.

   7. Tom Nawrocki Posted: August 25, 2021 at 08:24 PM (#6036354)
I don't think it's cut down on injuries to any significant extent, but the one-inning relievers are more effective than bullpens of the past, aren't they? It's practically a cliche around here to talk about the endless parade of anonymous 100-mph middle relievers.
   8. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 25, 2021 at 08:32 PM (#6036358)
Yea I think the strategy is more about missing bats than protecting arms.
   9. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: August 25, 2021 at 08:42 PM (#6036361)
more about missing bats than protecting arms.

Same rate of injuries and more K's...21st century baseball, how can you not love that?
   10. TJ Posted: August 25, 2021 at 09:17 PM (#6036365)

Is either the pace or length of games in baseball a problem?
Yes: 9
No: 11

Aren’t pace of games and length of games two different things?

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