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#21 jorgenswest

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Posted 09 March 2019 - 09:00 AM

I appreciate the skill of a batter. I am confident that batters will evolve to the point where extreme shifts on most hitters isn’t useful. We don’t need to ban shifting. Simply let the batters evolve to the point where they are better at taking advantage of the shift.

I also appreciate the skill of the catcher. I don’t look forward to automated pitch calling though I am certain it is coming.

I guess I should appreciate the skill of the lefty relief specialist. I don’t appreciate it enough to endure all of the pitching changes and game breaks. If mid inning pitch changed didn’t include a mound visit and warm ups I am good with the continuing role of the LOOGY. Inform the umpire, bring in the pitcher and start the at bat. No breaks.

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Posted 09 March 2019 - 11:40 AM

#3, #4, #5...leave the distances and base size as it is. I would also like #7, but commercials sadly,rule the game.

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#23 cardsfan

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Posted 09 March 2019 - 01:00 PM

Changing the distance is going to change the direction of people's pitching careers.

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Posted 09 March 2019 - 02:07 PM

I eagerly await universal DH.These are alright....not sure about a few of them.


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Posted 13 March 2019 - 08:54 AM



No more August waiver trade deadline! This is good.
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Posted 13 March 2019 - 07:57 PM

Roster expansion now sounds set in stone for next year too.


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Posted 13 March 2019 - 08:33 PM

Using a TrackMan radar system to help umpires call balls and strikes

 

Umpire's union will fight it.Think something along these lines is coming, as tech improves.

 

Extending the distance between the pitching rubber from 60 feet, 6 inches to 62 feet, 6 inches in the second half of the season.

 

So they're going to tear down mounds and move pitchers back during the second half, when their arms are already getting tired?Expect offense to increase - does baseball really think it has a "too little offense" issue?

 

Mandating that two infielders are on each side of the second-base bag when a pitch is released, with the penalty being a ball

 

Meh . . .they're punishing knowledge and strategy.I thought baseball was about that.

A three-batter minimum for pitchers -- a rule MLB and the MLB Players Association are considering for the 2020 season as they near an agreement on a smaller set of changes

 

This one really sucks.Are they going to pair it with "no pinch hitters for those three hitters" too? If the defense can't engage in "situational matchups," why should the offense be allowed to?

No mound visits, other than for pitching changes or injuries

 

That's just a "move the game along" thing.Meh.

Increasing the size of first, second and third base from 15 inches to 18 inches

 

Might be a good idea for safety reasons.

Reducing the time between innings and pitching changes from 2 minutes, 5 seconds to 1 minute, 45 seconds

 

Yeah, like TV/Radio is going to give up a commercial ....


#28 cardsfan

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Posted 14 March 2019 - 09:41 AM

Looks like changes are coming in 2020 with 26 man rosters and only 28 September roster. 3 batter limit or end of half inning. Other changes as well.
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Posted 14 March 2019 - 09:45 AM

Looks like changes are coming in 2020 with 26 man rosters and only 28 September roster. 3 batter limit or end of half inning. Other changes as well.


I like this change too. Hopefully it helps keep a competitive balance in September, and prevents teams who are out of the playoffs from starting a AAA lineup.
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#30 Mike Sixel

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Posted 14 March 2019 - 10:21 AM

I like the smaller September teams, for competitive reasons. I hate it for minor league players that will now never see the show. That's a lot of money (and helathcare?) down the drain for them. OTOH, one more player gets a full time salary, meaning 2-4 probably get part time ones......so, it might be good for a smaller number of players, but bad for a larger number. I like one trade deadline.

 

I hate the three batter minimum. We've always had specialists......it isn't about pitching changes for me, it's about batters stepping out of the box, and pitchers and catchers taking forever to get on the same page. It's about pace, not logical stoppages. But, I get that this is done, so whatever. I'll adjust.

Edited by Mike Sixel, 14 March 2019 - 10:32 AM.

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Posted 14 March 2019 - 10:35 AM

I don't have a mega strong opinion on any of these. 

 

What I do have a strong opinion on is my appreciation for experimentation. For a league that is historically buried under "this is how we've always done it", I think it's delightful to see them considering some really ... out there ... changes.

 

Using an independent league to evaluate the efficacy of these experiments - brilliant. Incremental improvements will deliver more value to fans, organizations, and the league as a whole. Big fan.

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#32 Rosterman

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Posted 14 March 2019 - 10:35 AM

I like the roster expansion. Get that extra guy for the bench. The union should love having thirty more players making minimum.

 

It's too bad about the tighter September rosters. I would think the union would LIKE to see more players get major league experience, even if it is a couple of weeks. And sometimes the opportunity to bring up a guy who needs a big more time for pensions and such. I'm wondering if we may see more disabled list visits for "fake" injuries.

 

Plus of note is that a pitcher now needs to go on the DL or back to the minors for 15 days.

 

Interesting about making a pitcher face three batters. Man, what if they are wild wild wild. I guess this could be a game changer in some ways. Also, will teams need to have as deep bullpens (13 pitchers). Any comments? Going to miss the need for a lefty specialist. Also we will never see Astulido pitch again now!

 

Make the bases bigger? Heck, let's make them even bigger. And sink them into the ground so no one ever trips over them.

 

The trading deadline as a media event? Now two waiver rounds in August. You put them out there and they are gone gone gone for nothing (but salary pickup) or you wave bye-bye and eat the salary. Interesting. Lots of player trades for prospects (and some salary eating) happening in July now.

 

Let's destroy the shift! 

 

I hear managers and pitching coaches hated walking out to the mound anyways. Maybe they need a trapdoor on the mound instead.

 

So fewer commercials. They have to charge more to pay for that extra player, y'know.

 

Can't make a decision on the DH yet, eh?

 

Items still up for discussion. I would like to see arbitration remain at Super Two or Three Years. If players produce, they are going to get paid. Unless you are an over 30-free-agent, it seems, looking for that huge contract. Again, talent wins out. There are more and more players now than ever, it seems, and - I'm sorry - you do make a good living playing pr ball once you reach the majors.

 

As for arguments about increased minor league pay. After six years, players can make more money (or if they make the 40-man). The first couple of years should be a step about internships. Hey, look at what minor league teams pay their staffs (or better yet, what major league teams pay people in the front office that aren't executives). If you make it to the majors, you are one-step away from being set for life, compared to many many many others in this world...with enough time for another second career in the wings.

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#33 Mike Sixel

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Posted 14 March 2019 - 10:51 AM

 

I like the roster expansion. Get that extra guy for the bench. The union should love having thirty more players making minimum.

 

It's too bad about the tighter September rosters. I would think the union would LIKE to see more players get major league experience, even if it is a couple of weeks. And sometimes the opportunity to bring up a guy who needs a big more time for pensions and such. I'm wondering if we may see more disabled list visits for "fake" injuries.

 

Plus of note is that a pitcher now needs to go on the DL or back to the minors for 15 days.

 

Interesting about making a pitcher face three batters. Man, what if they are wild wild wild. I guess this could be a game changer in some ways. Also, will teams need to have as deep bullpens (13 pitchers). Any comments? Going to miss the need for a lefty specialist. Also we will never see Astulido pitch again now!

 

Make the bases bigger? Heck, let's make them even bigger. And sink them into the ground so no one ever trips over them.

 

The trading deadline as a media event? Now two waiver rounds in August. You put them out there and they are gone gone gone for nothing (but salary pickup) or you wave bye-bye and eat the salary. Interesting. Lots of player trades for prospects (and some salary eating) happening in July now.

 

Let's destroy the shift! 

 

I hear managers and pitching coaches hated walking out to the mound anyways. Maybe they need a trapdoor on the mound instead.

 

So fewer commercials. They have to charge more to pay for that extra player, y'know.

 

Can't make a decision on the DH yet, eh?

 

Items still up for discussion. I would like to see arbitration remain at Super Two or Three Years. If players produce, they are going to get paid. Unless you are an over 30-free-agent, it seems, looking for that huge contract. Again, talent wins out. There are more and more players now than ever, it seems, and - I'm sorry - you do make a good living playing pr ball once you reach the majors.

 

As for arguments about increased minor league pay. After six years, players can make more money (or if they make the 40-man). The first couple of years should be a step about internships. Hey, look at what minor league teams pay their staffs (or better yet, what major league teams pay people in the front office that aren't executives). If you make it to the majors, you are one-step away from being set for life, compared to many many many others in this world...with enough time for another second career in the wings.

 

 

And, then factor in you need to buy multiple pairs of shoes, gloves, pay for private coaching, etc......

 

How many internships last 3-5 years? Seriously.

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#34 Loosey

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Posted 14 March 2019 - 11:05 AM

 

I'm not sure if this has been posted yet or not but the MLB is contemplating some changes to the game.

 

http://www.espn.com/...atlantic-league

 

 

• Using a TrackMan radar system to help umpires call balls and strikes
• Extending the distance between the pitching rubber from 60 feet, 6 inches to 62 feet, 6 inches in the second half of the season
• Mandating that two infielders are on each side of the second-base bag when a pitch is released, with the penalty being a ball
• A three-batter minimum for pitchers -- a rule MLB and the MLB Players Association are considering for the 2020 season as they near an agreement on a smaller set of changes
• No mound visits, other than for pitching changes or injuries
• Increasing the size of first, second and third base from 15 inches to 18 inches
• Reducing the time between innings and pitching changes from 2 minutes, 5 seconds to 1 minute, 45 seconds

 

 

What does everyone think?

#2 and #6 I don't like.That is materially changing the game and how it is played.The others won't necessarily have results on the outcome of games due to changes, other than the two infielder rule.

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Posted 14 March 2019 - 11:26 AM

 

 

And, then factor in you need to buy multiple pairs of shoes, gloves, pay for private coaching, etc......

 

How many internships last 3-5 years? Seriously.

 

Well, post-secondary education, and you are paying for it (or you get a scholarship / bonus money in baseball). In my early days of arts I did four years of free and cheap summer stock getting experience, having to find another job when that job ended. And, like sports, never made it bigtime although I have had many survival years in my first ten years and my last 15 - with a real job in-between.

 

Yes, it is a struggle. Probably more than it should be for those formative years. 

 

Man, look at ALL the players playing Indy ball hoping for the one more chance to be on a major league minor league roster!

 

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#36 Mike Sixel

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Posted 14 March 2019 - 11:46 AM

 

Well, post-secondary education, and you are paying for it (or you get a scholarship / bonus money in baseball). In my early days of arts I did four years of free and cheap summer stock getting experience, having to find another job when that job ended. And, like sports, never made it bigtime although I have had many survival years in my first ten years and my last 15 - with a real job in-between.

 

Yes, it is a struggle. Probably more than it should be for those formative years. 

 

Man, look at ALL the players playing Indy ball hoping for the one more chance to be on a major league minor league roster!

 

You weren't working for a multi billion dollar industry rolling in money. There's a huge difference there. 

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#37 Jim Hahn

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Posted 14 March 2019 - 11:48 AM


 
And, then factor in you need to buy multiple pairs of shoes, gloves, pay for private coaching, etc......
 
How many internships last 3-5 years? Seriously.


More than you might think. My niece has a Master's degree, and finds herself in a low paying job in her chosen field. She is kind of waiting for somebody to retire or move on in order to get a good paying job. She will probably have to change fields to achieve that.

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Posted 14 March 2019 - 11:53 AM

I think the 3 batter minimum would work but there needs to be an exception. If a pitcher comes in and walks two straight batters or hits them (any combination), he should be able to pulled after two batters. No need to put the batters at risk because the pitcher can't find the plate.

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#39 Mike Sixel

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Posted 14 March 2019 - 12:02 PM

 

More than you might think. My niece has a Master's degree, and finds herself in a low paying job in her chosen field. She is kind of waiting for somebody to retire or move on in order to get a good paying job. She will probably have to change fields to achieve that.

 

Less than 10K per year? Does she pay her own work related expenses too?

 

I'm not saying that ballplayers don't make a choice....but there is a monopoly of 30 teams, rolling in billions of dollars virtually risk free, not paying employees. Did you know that non roster catchers get paid zero dollars in spring training? Working for major league teams that need someone to catch all the pitchers?

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Posted 14 March 2019 - 12:55 PM

 

I think the 3 batter minimum would work but there needs to be an exception. If a pitcher comes in and walks two straight batters or hits them (any combination), he should be able to pulled after two batters. No need to put the batters at risk because the pitcher can't find the plate.

Then they claim an injury, just like the NFL does when they need a free timeout.