This comment interested me in another thread but my response had nothing to do with topic so I started one here.
This is on the front office not Moliter. He plays the players given to him. Everybody should read yesterday’s
article in the USA Today by Bob Nightingale on the state of today’s game. It’s not good. In short summary:
Too slow, attendance down, too many strikeouts, not enough base runners....which causes fans to lose interest, maybe too much analytics, too many players trying for homeruns which leads to more strikeouts and less base runners. He also thought maybe baseball should look into the shift.
Maybe baseball is becoming too boring for the young generation. Remember the writer is baseball lifer.
Want a faster game? More pitch to contact? Three balls equal a walk will eventually accomplish both. It might start with a bunch more walks but then the command pitchers will start being more successful than the wilder hard throwers.
Want to give value to positional bench players and shrink pens? Allow one re-entry per position player. I am guessing having bats on the bench gain much more value than that LOOGY in the pen. I think I would enjoy the conversation around when to use that hitter once for Wilson and also how to construct the roster to best utilize those opportunities.
I don’t see how eliminating the shift will either change the time or shift the power/strikeout environment. It will result in more Joey Gallo types.