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NFT: How to make baseball fun again

CMicks3110 : 5/13/2018 11:16 pm
So I love the sport of baseball.

However, the economics of the era has created a situation that is the complete opposite of the NFL. Whereas the NFL you can rebuild quickly, within 2-3 years max, the games remain exciting, and you can learn to love indiivudal players. In baseball, sustained success requires a massive planning and minor league investment strategy that can take a minimum of 5 years to fully realize the benefits of the strategy (the tanking strategy). And if you fail, you're in the whole for a decade. On top of that, without a salary cap and a salary floor, the good teams can buy there way through minor league droughts (see Dodgers, Giants, Yankees, Red Sox).

So here is my proposed changes to make baseball great again.

1. Increase Roster sizes from 25 to 28, this allows for greater flexibility, more off days, and more well rested players.

2. Decrease the number of games from 162 to 154, again, to increase the quality of the product on the field.

3. Increase the minimum age for MLB/MiLB to 20 years old. This allows for minor leaguers to move more quickly through the system and replenish the major league club. Plus the 28 man roster allows more time for players to develop at the ML level.

4. Contraction, the product is too diluted. Do we really need teams in Tampa Bay, Miami, Oakland, San Diego? These places are not baseball towns and draw extremely small crowds.

5. Salary Cap/Salary Floor. Teams need to spend.

6. Reduce service time needed to reach free agency. 6 years to 4 years. Again, gives team the ability to replenish and rebuild there teams through free agency. And with equal money across the board, teams will always be forced to compete. Allow for Franchise tags so teams can hold onto their stars longer and fan bases can stay attached.

7. Reduce the number of minor league teams. With age restrictions, you can really reduce the number of organizational filler players and make the minor leagues much more competitive. The amount of non-prospects in the minor leaguers is staggering. And do we really need 7 levels of minor league ball? (DSL, RK, RK2, A, A+, AA, AAA); Lets just reduce it to 3 levels. Let the players sink or swim quicker. If they still want to try, they can join independent ball and try out anytime. But lets make the minor leaguers more competitive too.

8. We have three discreet outcomes right now that has taken over the sport. Strikeout, Home Run, Walk. Lets standardize the bat sizes to require bats to be no more than a certain weight. Force = Mass x Velocity. Players have got to be using heavier bats to increase the mass. Lighter bats mean fewer strikeouts, and fewer home runs. Incentivises small ball.

9. Ban the shift. Again, the shift leads to more unexciting play.
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Recent history of MLB..  
FatMan in Charlotte : 5/14/2018 8:18 am : link
tends to disprove the idea that it takes years and years to see success.

The old dynasty teams like the Yankees, Dodgers, A's and even the Braves - teams that had long, sustained runs, has seen upstarts rise and fall quickly and some maintain for a few years. The Mets, Royals, Rays, astros and Rangers have been teams who have risen up, some falling off, some middling out.

The Tigers, Orioles, Reds, Jays and Dodgers have all been competitive and non-competitive in successive years.

MLB doesn't have parity, but the idea it takes forever to be competitive held true much more in the past than today.
RE: without a massive change to the revenue sharing  
Coach Red Beaulieu : 5/14/2018 8:22 am : link
In comment 13962736 markky said:
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rules you can't impose a cap/floor. it all starts there.

baseball would need a Rozelle character to come in and drive this kind of change.

to me it's all about game time. get it down to 2:15 and i'm good.


Rozelle and The Duke were the visionary architects who created the worlds greatest and most lucrative sports-entertainment franchise. Mara practically invented modern pro football.

Until the ginger moron Goodell came along and F'ed it all up.
The Padres draw..  
FatMan in Charlotte : 5/14/2018 8:30 am : link
probably around the MLB average for fans. Not only is Petco Park awesome, but the times I've been there have all been mid-week games that were sellouts.

I'd bet they draw better than the Diamondbacks.
This just comes off as sour grapes, tbh.  
Dave in Hoboken : 5/14/2018 8:39 am : link
The Yankees are proof that it doesn't take years and years to be successful. They rebuilt in 2 years and stayed relevant in that time. The only big name FA they acquired in that time period is Stanton. And the Yanks were plenty fine last year without him and just a bunch of younger guys leading the way to Game 7 of the ALCS.
Cushioned seats. Same goes for NFL, NHL, NBA & college games  
Marty in Albany : 5/14/2018 8:41 am : link
Who says you can't pull answers out of your ass?!!
RE: RE: without a massive change to the revenue sharing  
section125 : 5/14/2018 8:41 am : link
In comment 13962776 Coach Red Beaulieu said:
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In comment 13962736 markky said:


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rules you can't impose a cap/floor. it all starts there.

baseball would need a Rozelle character to come in and drive this kind of change.

to me it's all about game time. get it down to 2:15 and i'm good.



Rozelle and The Duke were the visionary architects who created the worlds greatest and most lucrative sports-entertainment franchise. Mara practically invented modern pro football.

Until the ginger moron Goodell came along and F'ed it all up.


Just how did Goodell screw it up? Thursday Night Football? Stretched out the draft to three days?

I agree on TNF because it doesn't give teams time to plan and the players time to recover. The 3 day draft thing is better than I thought as it allows better planning for teams, especially after the 1st round (see Landon Collins).
RE: RE: RE: without a massive change to the revenue sharing  
Coach Red Beaulieu : 5/14/2018 8:51 am : link
In comment 13962792 section125 said:
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In comment 13962776 Coach Red Beaulieu said:


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In comment 13962736 markky said:


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rules you can't impose a cap/floor. it all starts there.

baseball would need a Rozelle character to come in and drive this kind of change.

to me it's all about game time. get it down to 2:15 and i'm good.



Rozelle and The Duke were the visionary architects who created the worlds greatest and most lucrative sports-entertainment franchise. Mara practically invented modern pro football.

Until the ginger moron Goodell came along and F'ed it all up.



Just how did Goodell screw it up? Thursday Night Football? Stretched out the draft to three days?

I agree on TNF because it doesn't give teams time to plan and the players time to recover. The 3 day draft thing is better than I thought as it allows better planning for teams, especially after the 1st round (see Landon Collins).


TNF, MNF on pay tv ESPN, removing one of the most exciting plays in football KR, anthem protests, Ray "Elevator Suckered Punch" Rice...

NFL TV ratings have disastrously plummeted over 20 percent the last few years. What don't the dumbf*** owners understand, why is he the only commish that gets booed by the knowledgeable fans on draft day?
If it ain't broke don't fix it  
Victor in CT : 5/14/2018 8:55 am : link
So here is my proposed changes to make baseball great again.

1. Increase Roster sizes from 25 to 28, this allows for greater flexibility, more off days, and more well rested players.

Not. The last thing we need is more pitching changes

2. Decrease the number of games from 162 to 154, again, to increase the quality of the product on the field. AGREE. Epsecially with the increased playoffs.

3. Increase the minimum age for MLB/MiLB to 20 years old. This allows for minor leaguers to move more quickly through the system and replenish the major league club. Plus the 28 man roster allows more time for players to develop at the ML level.

No need.

4. Contraction, the product is too diluted. Do we really need teams in Tampa Bay, Miami, Oakland, San Diego? These places are not baseball towns and draw extremely small crowds.

Agree but it won't happen. But at least move Tampa to MTL

5. Salary Cap/Salary Floor. Teams need to spend.

NOT. Do you like the NHL where every team ppays the same, has a hot or cold treak every year?

6. Reduce service time needed to reach free agency. 6 years to 4 years. Again, gives team the ability to replenish and rebuild there teams through free agency. And with equal money across the board, teams will always be forced to compete. Allow for Franchise tags so teams can hold onto their stars longer and fan bases can stay attached.

Too complicated. The worst of the NFL

7. Reduce the number of minor league teams. With age restrictions, you can really reduce the number of organizational filler players and make the minor leagues much more competitive. The amount of non-prospects in the minor leaguers is staggering. And do we really need 7 levels of minor league ball? (DSL, RK, RK2, A, A+, AA, AAA); Lets just reduce it to 3 levels. Let the players sink or swim quicker. If they still want to try, they can join independent ball and try out anytime. But lets make the minor leaguers more competitive too.

NOT. You want development, yo need minor leagues, otherwise you have the NFL and NBA

8. We have three discreet outcomes right now that has taken over the sport. Strikeout, Home Run, Walk. Lets standardize the bat sizes to require bats to be no more than a certain weight. Force = Mass x Velocity. Players have got to be using heavier bats to increase the mass. Lighter bats mean fewer strikeouts, and fewer home runs. Incentivises small ball.

Not. Compltely wrong. Bats are lighter than ever.

9. Ban the shift. Again, the shift leads to more unexciting play.

The shift sucks, but as we hve seen quite a bit just watching the Yanks, the occasional bunt (Didi), and the willingness to go with the pitch opposite field (Judge, Sanchez, Stanton, Garnder) renders it useless. Teams are already teching kids in th emnors to use the whole field
The only major problem with baseball is length of games  
AnnapolisMike : 5/14/2018 8:59 am : link
And that is slowly being addressed. I'd watch more if the games were closer to 2 - 2:15 in length.
RE: The only major problem with baseball is length of games  
section125 : 5/14/2018 9:03 am : link
In comment 13962805 AnnapolisMike said:
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And that is slowly being addressed. I'd watch more if the games were closer to 2 - 2:15 in length.


With batters working the count and pitchers nibbling I doubt you will see those times in all but 10% or less games. Realistically, 2:30 TO 2:45 is doable.
You have multiple minor levels because baseball is a very  
Greg from LI : 5/14/2018 9:09 am : link
VERY difficult sport to master. A superior athlete with the requisite size/speed can survive in the NBA or the NFL despite lagging skills. Doesn't work that way in baseball.
Baseball's biggest advantage...  
Dunedin81 : 5/14/2018 9:11 am : link
and biggest disadvantage is its past.

No other American sport has the built-in advantage of continuity, and no other sport risks opprobrium for even minor changes to the way the game is played.

A 154-game schedule would ironically track with history, but I don't think owners are especially interested in forfeiting four home games a year.

Adding one or more players to the roster is a great idea, but it does risk exacerbating the trend toward reliever specialization, which slows the game down.

Baseball's economics are supremely weird, so a cap that consigns the big markets to irrelevance would actually be pretty terrible for the game (they need heavy hitters in the final four, preferably in the WS - everyone loves a Cinderella but not enough people care to watch one). A floor is reasonable, especially if tied to revenue sharing income.

Pace of play is a huge deal, but a lot of the fixes suck too. A clock is semi-obtrusive and disruptive, but there should be a less obtrusive way to get pitchers to stop finger-fucking the rosin bag for two minutes a pitch, and hitters to stop assembling and disassembling their batting gloves every time they step out of the box.
dunedin81, the really silly part about as you put, the pitcher danglin  
Victor in CT : 5/14/2018 9:14 am : link
rosin bag is that the umpire already has the authority to stop it and the batters from steppng out but they dont
Dune, I don't think the clock is bad  
Greg from LI : 5/14/2018 9:15 am : link
I've barely noticed it at AA games.
The players union  
Jay on the Island : 5/14/2018 9:29 am : link
would never allow a salary cap.
RE: Dune, I don't think the clock is bad  
Dunedin81 : 5/14/2018 9:47 am : link
In comment 13962818 Greg from LI said:
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I've barely noticed it at AA games.


Which games did you get to over the weekend? I managed Thursday, Friday and Saturday the kids had karate and Mother's Day would have been tempting fate
RE: This just comes off as sour grapes, tbh.  
Sean : 5/14/2018 9:47 am : link
In comment 13962789 Dave in Hoboken said:
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The Yankees are proof that it doesn't take years and years to be successful. They rebuilt in 2 years and stayed relevant in that time. The only big name FA they acquired in that time period is Stanton. And the Yanks were plenty fine last year without him and just a bunch of younger guys leading the way to Game 7 of the ALCS.


You love that the Yankees are doing well as you should, but itís likely you couldnít care less if the Yanks werenít doing well. That is a big problem with MLB, itís extremely regional.

Despite everyone saying they donít watch the NFL, they still do and the ratings are proof.
Bring back  
8 Ball : 5/14/2018 9:52 am : link
bullpen cars and beer men.
I was at Friday's game  
Greg from LI : 5/14/2018 9:56 am : link
We always go to Scout Night, the boy loves to walk around the field with his friends. Left in the 5th inning though because the kids were being brats.
Regional is a good way to describe it...  
Dunedin81 : 5/14/2018 9:59 am : link
it's why the Cardinals and the Braves (partially on the Braves - decades of national coverage are the other reason) are quite popular despite playing in modest metropolitan areas. Only the Yankees have a national fan base, and only the Yankees have a national base of fans who will tune in to root against them. That's why a Cinderella on Cinderella postseason series typically does terribly. Ideally a Cinderella and a big market, which is why the last two World Series were among the best non-Yankee WS ratings in decades.
I love baseball  
Essex : 5/14/2018 10:03 am : link
but I would like the games to routinely come in under 3 hours. My only suggestions to getting there is to put a pitch clock on and enforce it and even further curtail the mound visits. Besides that, I think any more tinkering could mess with the game. I hate the shift, but the easiest way to get rid of it, is to learn how to hit the ball the other way. That seems like that's on the players not the management.
Much as I hate to admit it  
Greg from LI : 5/14/2018 10:04 am : link
The Sawx are at least close to a national fan base at this point, or at least semi-national. Maybe not coast-to-coast, but they have fans all over the eastern half of the country.
RE: Much as I hate to admit it  
Essex : 5/14/2018 10:09 am : link
In comment 13962879 Greg from LI said:
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The Sawx are at least close to a national fan base at this point, or at least semi-national. Maybe not coast-to-coast, but they have fans all over the eastern half of the country.

I hate the Red Sox probably more than any other sports team then besides the Eagles, but the one thing I give both franchises is the intensity of their fanbase. Just last year, we took a long weekend up to Boston to do kids stuff (museums, freedom trail etc) and my six year old still remarks to me that everyone in Boston wears a Red Sox hat. In NY it is almost impossible to get that intensity, we have multiple teams and so many transplants.
I sometimes wonder whether the only way to speed up games  
yatqb : 5/14/2018 10:12 am : link
significantly is to change a rule and make RPs pitch to a minimum of three batters, or some such thing. The downside to that is it stops teams from going from a lefty to a righty specialist as the game dictates. But it sure would speed up the games, while making the demand for RPs who can get both LH/RH hitters out increase.
RE: I sometimes wonder whether the only way to speed up games  
Essex : 5/14/2018 10:15 am : link
In comment 13962886 yatqb said:
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significantly is to change a rule and make RPs pitch to a minimum of three batters, or some such thing. The downside to that is it stops teams from going from a lefty to a righty specialist as the game dictates. But it sure would speed up the games, while making the demand for RPs who can get both LH/RH hitters out increase.

I think that is messing with the game, too much. I don't think enforcing a pitch clock or you get a ball, as long as the pitch clock is not ridiculous, interferes with the game. I mean these players have become OCD freaks and just have so many stupid rituals before they throw the freaking ball. I think 20 seconds from the time you get the ball is enough.
here's a thought  
Greg from LI : 5/14/2018 10:17 am : link
If relief pitchers warm up in the bullpen, why do they then get warmup tosses on the field when they come in? Eliminate those and you speed things up. You need to be ready to go as soon as you get the call, and if that means you're stuck in the pen longer before you can come into the game, so be it.
I donít think pace of play has anything to do with it..  
Sean : 5/14/2018 10:35 am : link
Baseball is a sport which requires action, itís a pace of action issue. Move quick, call strikes & put the ball in play.
RE: here's a thought  
Matt M. : 5/14/2018 10:52 am : link
In comment 13962893 Greg from LI said:
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If relief pitchers warm up in the bullpen, why do they then get warmup tosses on the field when they come in? Eliminate those and you speed things up. You need to be ready to go as soon as you get the call, and if that means you're stuck in the pen longer before you can come into the game, so be it.
It's about getting used to throwing pitches off the actual mound, not about warming up the arm as much.
RE: RE: I sometimes wonder whether the only way to speed up games  
Matt M. : 5/14/2018 10:52 am : link
In comment 13962889 Essex said:
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In comment 13962886 yatqb said:


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significantly is to change a rule and make RPs pitch to a minimum of three batters, or some such thing. The downside to that is it stops teams from going from a lefty to a righty specialist as the game dictates. But it sure would speed up the games, while making the demand for RPs who can get both LH/RH hitters out increase.


I think that is messing with the game, too much. I don't think enforcing a pitch clock or you get a ball, as long as the pitch clock is not ridiculous, interferes with the game. I mean these players have become OCD freaks and just have so many stupid rituals before they throw the freaking ball. I think 20 seconds from the time you get the ball is enough.
There are a lot fewer 1 batter specialists right now.
Boston has a huge regional market...  
Dunedin81 : 5/14/2018 10:53 am : link
I would suggest the national market is a healthy mix of New England transplants and (at least in VA) people who hate the Yankees and so defaulted to their chief rival.
I'm OIK with the game as it is  
TJ : 5/14/2018 10:57 am : link
But maybe I'm just generally resistant to change. I still don't like the DH.
...  
SFGFNCGiantsFan : 5/14/2018 10:59 am : link
The Dodgers & Cubs have huge fan bases too. I've seen both of those teams in road venues & they pack the house.

My problem with baseball is the length of the game & that a lot doesn't really happen. There's just a lot of dead time. Football has the same issue, but it's just different.

The sport that seems to be on the upswing is basketball. It's probably my favorite sport to watch.
My thoughts  
Matt M. : 5/14/2018 11:01 am : link
1. Absolutely would NOT increase rosters

2. I have no problem with moving back to a 154 game schedule, but I don't think the extra 8 games is a real issue.

3. I see no value in increasing the minimum age for MLB or MiLB

4. I would contract Minnesota before SD. Minnesota (I believe prior ownership) admitted to personally pocketing revenue sharing and luxury tax money. I wouldn't mind contraction, but at this point I'd just rather move a few teams to towns that will support them.

5. I have been advocating a cap with a hard floor for years. Too many teams have been refusing to spend for years (see my comment about the Twins). As some people are embarrassed by a couple of teams with $200M payrolls, it is equally or more embarrassing for a team to have a payroll under $50M.

6. I don't like the idea of reducing the # of years to FA. It would only make it harder for the teams that don't spend to compete.

7. MiLB doesn't have an issue with competitiveness or the number of teams.

8. First, some comments about bat size already being regulated are wrong. Second, there is no reason to. Third, lighter bats don't necessarily mean less strikeouts. It can lead to worse discipline at the plate. If you want to regulate bats, it is more important to regulate the wood used and methods to produce them and maintain them.

9. There is nothing wrong with the shift. It is up to batters to adjusts and they are starting to. The shift will start to drastically be reduced in a year or two.
I'm still..  
FatMan in Charlotte : 5/14/2018 11:05 am : link
not sure how SD is getting lumped in with other teams for contraction. They are in the middle of the pack for attendance and they now don't have an NFL team to compete with.

They really shouldn't even be in the discussion.
RE: I'm still..  
Matt M. : 5/14/2018 11:20 am : link
In comment 13962980 FatMan in Charlotte said:
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not sure how SD is getting lumped in with other teams for contraction. They are in the middle of the pack for attendance and they now don't have an NFL team to compete with.

They really shouldn't even be in the discussion.
Agreed. As someone mentioned, they draw fairly well. They just don't consistently put together even decent teams.
Don't ban the shift  
KerrysFlask : 5/14/2018 11:29 am : link
These players should know how to bunt. Rizzo has done it a couple times. Not sure why it isn't automatic.
Every little leaguer can do it. Pros should too.
RE: Don't ban the shift  
Matt M. : 5/14/2018 11:32 am : link
In comment 13963060 KerrysFlask said:
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These players should know how to bunt. Rizzo has done it a couple times. Not sure why it isn't automatic.
Every little leaguer can do it. Pros should too.
It's not just bunting. It's simple bat control. Was it Martinez or someone else the other day that beat the shift for a big RBI single late in a game by simply hitting a ground ball to the vacated spot?
RE: RE: Don't ban the shift  
Dunedin81 : 5/14/2018 11:51 am : link
In comment 13963071 Matt M. said:
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These players should know how to bunt. Rizzo has done it a couple times. Not sure why it isn't automatic.
Every little leaguer can do it. Pros should too.

It's not just bunting. It's simple bat control. Was it Martinez or someone else the other day that beat the shift for a big RBI single late in a game by simply hitting a ground ball to the vacated spot?


It's easier said than done with the average FB velocity is 3-4 MPH faster than it was in Tony Gwynn's time. There's something to this, sure, but the rise of the long ball as the sine qua non of hitting and the equivalent rise of the mid to high-90's FB as the expectation for top starters and back-end guys has made a whole fields approach a lot more difficult.
Leave baseball alone it's meant to be boring  
Coach Red Beaulieu : 5/14/2018 11:55 am : link
It's park-centric, meant for families to go out in nice weather or to go out to see or be seen and alcohol will lessen the boringness. Maybe cheaper foods and beers, more amenities, cut back on cold weather games in April and september, or at least change the schedule so April and September games are hosted in warmer areas.
The velocity..  
FatMan in Charlotte : 5/14/2018 1:03 pm : link
isn't really an issue:

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It's easier said than done with the average FB velocity is 3-4 MPH faster than it was in Tony Gwynn's time. There's something to this, sure, but the rise of the long ball as the sine qua non of hitting and the equivalent rise of the mid to high-90's FB as the expectation for top starters and back-end guys has made a whole fields approach a lot more difficult.


It is more of a by-product of Sabermetrics and the belief that singles are devalued. The difficulty in going the opposite way is almost exclusively technique-based. And actually the additional velocity would make the balls hit go harder in the direction. The problem is a guy who is a dead pull hitter would rather maintain his form and pull the ball, even if it is into the shift, because if he hits a HR or to the wall, he's basically rewarded for his productivity.

What is strange to me is that more manager's don't look for guys to situationally hit it the opposite way, even if they have players mired in slumps or suffering from poor form.
RE: Leave baseball alone it's meant to be boring  
Greg from LI : 5/14/2018 1:11 pm : link
In comment 13963115 Coach Red Beaulieu said:
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It's park-centric, meant for families to go out in nice weather or to go out to see or be seen and alcohol will lessen the boringness. Maybe cheaper foods and beers, more amenities, cut back on cold weather games in April and september, or at least change the schedule so April and September games are hosted in warmer areas.


Dupe says what?
You could probably shave close to a half hour  
tony stg : 5/14/2018 1:27 pm : link
off game time length by just banning batting gloves.
RE: I'm still..  
Bill L : 5/14/2018 1:35 pm : link
In comment 13962980 FatMan in Charlotte said:
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not sure how SD is getting lumped in with other teams for contraction. They are in the middle of the pack for attendance and they now don't have an NFL team to compete with.

They really shouldn't even be in the discussion.
Ihaven't been to a ton of stadiums, but of the ones I've seen, Petco is my absolute favorite. A really nice place to eat and watch a game.
I think that they shold bring midgets back  
Bill L : 5/14/2018 1:36 pm : link
that would make the game fun.
RE: The velocity..  
Dunedin81 : 5/14/2018 2:31 pm : link
In comment 13963243 FatMan in Charlotte said:
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isn't really an issue:



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It's easier said than done with the average FB velocity is 3-4 MPH faster than it was in Tony Gwynn's time. There's something to this, sure, but the rise of the long ball as the sine qua non of hitting and the equivalent rise of the mid to high-90's FB as the expectation for top starters and back-end guys has made a whole fields approach a lot more difficult.



It is more of a by-product of Sabermetrics and the belief that singles are devalued. The difficulty in going the opposite way is almost exclusively technique-based. And actually the additional velocity would make the balls hit go harder in the direction. The problem is a guy who is a dead pull hitter would rather maintain his form and pull the ball, even if it is into the shift, because if he hits a HR or to the wall, he's basically rewarded for his productivity.

What is strange to me is that more manager's don't look for guys to situationally hit it the opposite way, even if they have players mired in slumps or suffering from poor form.


Agree to an extent. But hitting a fastball coming in at 97+ is different than hitting 89-90, it almost requires cheating. Now you can lighten the bat or make some changes to technique that make it a little easier to make contact with 97+, but they're going to limit your ability to drive pitches (FBs, yes, but breaking balls too). Only a handful of players have really succeeded at doing both for any length of time (Mookie Betts and Altuve most notably, though Betts hasn't looked like a 40+ HR guy until this year, and Altuve is way off his '16 and '17 HR pace).
Time in between pitches needs to be cut down  
moespree : 5/14/2018 2:34 pm : link
The replay part of the game could use some tweaking too. Other than that I'm pretty much fine with how things are going. I'm not a fan of the uppercut, launch angle swing, but I don't think there's enough evidence yet to say it's bad for the game.
I really was only splitting hairs...  
FatMan in Charlotte : 5/14/2018 2:38 pm : link
I think the increase in K's is directly attributable to players being averse to making contact by sacrificing a swing for power combined with higher pitch velocities. And batters would rather take their 3 hacks full bore even if it means a K instead of just sticking the bat out.

The only part I was addressing was the ability to slap the ball or making contact by going the other way. That's more of a technique issue than one about pitch velocity.
Utterly unscientific...  
Dunedin81 : 5/14/2018 2:50 pm : link
but I believe at least some of the issues with pitcher injury have to do with max effort fastballs. The idea of a guy who tops out at 95 ramping it down to 88 unless he really needs it seems to be about dead. Yes launch angle, yes homer-happy hitters, but I think a lot of it is just "sports science" and other adherents to the cult of velocity convincing them that the secret to making the Bigs or staying there is to figure out how to throw the ball as hard as you can (semi-)accurately throw it every time you throw a fastball, and to pitch off of it with secondaries. Throw in the rise of the relief roles where someone comes in for 3-6 outs throwing a max-effort fastball and pitching off of it. So pitching is "better", even if injuries are more common, and strikeouts are up as a consequence.
RE: The Padres draw..  
bluepepper : 5/14/2018 4:29 pm : link
In comment 13962785 FatMan in Charlotte said:
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probably around the MLB average for fans. Not only is Petco Park awesome, but the times I've been there have all been mid-week games that were sellouts.

I'd bet they draw better than the Diamondbacks.

San Diego is the 8th largest city in the US. More people than SF and Oakland combined. So yeah, I'd say you need a team there. You have to look to the future and cities like San Diego have grown so much compared to places like Baltimore and St. Louis that you just need to be there if you want to thrive going forward. Probably should have a team in San Antonio-Austin as well.

As somebody that dislikes baseball and finds it  
Tom from LI : 5/14/2018 4:57 pm : link
tremendously boring here are some things that kill it for me.

Season is way too long. Should start in May and be done in September, World Series and all.

Games are too long and too often.

Too much down time between pitches. There should be a limit to time outs for the pitcher and the batter. Once you are out of time outs, you are out for the game no matter the player. The commentating makes this lapse in play even worse.

There should be a warning not to operate heavy machinery or drive a vehicle while the game is on. Will cause drowsiness.

Do away with the wild card and go back to the original format. Too bad if you had a great season only second to the division winner. You're out. Try harder next year.





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