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    • wow...baseball takes a hard look at the future...

      the most interesting change is buried in the last paragraph for some reason...don't miss it!


      Major League Baseball testing new rules in independent Atlantic League

      The new rules and equipment changes will go into effect when the season begins in late April and will include electronic plate umpire assistance in calling balls and strikes and a ban on overshifts.



      As a “part 2’’ to last week’s announcement that Major League Baseball and the Atlantic League have reached an agreement allowing MLB to test experimental playing rules in the independent league, the two announced specifics Friday afternoon.

      The new rules and equipment changes, which will go into effect when the league’s 2019 season begins in late April, include electronic plate umpire assistance in calling balls and strikes; requiring two infielders to be on each side of second base when the pitch is released (effectively eliminating overshifts); a ban on non-pitching change mound visits except in the case of a medical issue; pitchers having to face a minimum of three batters or reach the end of the inning before exiting a game, unless they are injured; increasing the physical size of the bases from 15 to 18 square inches, and reducing the time between innings from 2:05 to 1:45, according to a news release.

      The Atlantic League is an eight-team league that includes the Long Island Ducks.

      “Part of the goals of the partnership between Major League Baseball and the Atlantic League is to test the rules in order to study the potential impact,” Ducks president and general manager Michael Pfaff said. “ . . . I think that the Atlantic League has positioned itself as a high level of play that Major League Baseball recognizes as an ideal testing ground for these potential playing rules and equipment changes.

      “If it works to improve the offense and player safety and quicken the pace of the game and [improve] fan engagement on the Atlantic League level, they’re going to be able to look at that and say, ‘We think it’s going to do the same on the Major League level.’ ”

      Pfaff said plate umpires will wear an earpiece and relay the strike or ball call after receiving it from a radar track system known as TrackMan.
      “This is not replacing a home plate umpire,” Pfaff said. “ . . . Umpires will still call interference, check swings, plays at the plate, etc. . . . Having the TrackMan in place will benefit pitchers on pitches that are often not called because they’re missed by an umpire and [will benefit] pitchers that are able to exploit areas of the strike zone that traditionally haven’t been called but are strikes as defined by the rulebook. [Those pitches] are now going to be called.”

      As far as elimination of the overshift, Pfaff said it will create more “defensive action and baserunning,’’ which is a major goal of the partnership.

      MLB will analyze the effects of these changes before deciding on potential additional modifications during the All-Star break and in future seasons, the release said.

      During the second half of this season, the pitching rubber will be moved back from 60 feet, 6 inches to 62 feet, 6 inches, with the objective of increasing player safety and the frequency of balls in play, Pfaff said. There will be no change to the height or slope of the mound.
      2,000 miler
    • looks like it's "baseball lite" for our future. that's okay, i care a lot less about it as time goes by. just about done with:
      greedy teams that don't care about winning (braves and company),
      cry baby pitchers (boo hoo ya pusses),
      players who can't speak english (is that legal),
      expensive tickets and food i wouldn't feed my dog (not for nothing they have bark in the park),
      and not to forget entitled fans like me (they just want your money dumbass).
    • max.patch wrote:

      wow...baseball takes a hard look at the future...

      the most interesting change is buried in the last paragraph for some reason...don't miss it!

      The new rules and equipment changes, which will go into effect when the league’s 2019 season begins in late April, include electronic plate umpire assistance in calling balls and strikes; requiring two infielders to be on each side of second base when the pitch is released (effectively eliminating overshifts); a ban on non-pitching change mound visits except in the case of a medical issue; pitchers having to face a minimum of three batters or reach the end of the inning before exiting a game, unless they are injured; increasing the physical size of the bases from 15 to 18 square inches, and reducing the time between innings from 2:05 to 1:45, according to a news release.

      During the second half of this season, the pitching rubber will be moved back from 60 feet, 6 inches to 62 feet, 6 inches, with the objective of increasing player safety and the frequency of balls in play, Pfaff said. There will be no change to the height or slope of the mound.
      Electronic calling of Ball and Strikes: I think the biggest effect will be on the play-by-play announcers who spent most of the game commenting about how bad the ump's calls are. They will have to find something useful to talk about.

      Two infielders on each side of second base: I'm OK with it. I was never much for the statistical over-analysis of the game that created this strategy. I never figured out why batters just couldn't learn to "hit it where they ain't". But this rule would not prevent teams from bringing the right fielder in to be an extra short stop for right-handed pull hitters or outfield shifts. How about adding the same restriction to outfielders (at least one on each side of the field and none in the infield dirt.

      No pointless mound visits: That would be great. But will they also prohibit team meetings on the mound? Then they will just use those to delay the game and then the coach will use sign language from the dugout.

      Pitching to 3 batters or end of inning: I'm all for fewer pitching changes, but I read an article on this one recently and the author claimed that the best way to limit pitching changes would be to limit the number pitchers you could have on your roster. He proposed teams be allowed to have an emergency pitcher slot for some situations (like the NHL has an emergency goalie).

      Making the base larger: Definitely. This will make for fewer runners getting lost on the way to first. Who can find that little base anyway?

      Reducing time between innings: If you cut out of one 20 second commercial from the inning break, who is going to pay Harper's salary? The Phillies might need to renegotiate.

      Move the mound back 2 feet: So why do you think this is the biggest change. I can see it gives a huge advantage to the batter. But I could also see it affecting the running game. I've read articles about how the distance between first and second and the distance between home and the mound are balanced so that it makes stealing bases possible, but not routine. By changing that balance by just a fraction of a second either way, you could make stealing so easy that a single becomes a double for all but the slowest runner, or make it so hard to steal that the running game is gone and we get even more empahsis on HR swings. By making the bases larger, they cut the distance from first to second by 4.5" and the mound changes gives the runner a slightly bigger jump. Both small, but together they could really shift the balance in favor of the runner.

      One rule they should add (but didn't): Any player who leaves their position (that includes the dugout) to engage in a brawl is automatically ejected. All fights eliminated.
    • lol, last week on PTI kornheiser suggested moving the mound back, wilbon said that was "junk".

      odd man out wrote:



      One rule they should add (but didn't): Any player who leaves their position (that includes the dugout) to engage in a brawl is automatically ejected. All fights eliminated.
      in the NBA if you leave the bench during a fight you are suspended for a minimum of one game, lose your salary for the suspended game, and be fined up to 20K.
      2,000 miler
    • odd man out wrote:

      max.patch wrote:

      wow...baseball takes a hard look at the future...

      the most interesting change is buried in the last paragraph for some reason...don't miss it!

      The new rules and equipment changes, which will go into effect when the league’s 2019 season begins in late April, include electronic plate umpire assistance in calling balls and strikes; requiring two infielders to be on each side of second base when the pitch is released (effectively eliminating overshifts); a ban on non-pitching change mound visits except in the case of a medical issue; pitchers having to face a minimum of three batters or reach the end of the inning before exiting a game, unless they are injured; increasing the physical size of the bases from 15 to 18 square inches, and reducing the time between innings from 2:05 to 1:45, according to a news release.

      During the second half of this season, the pitching rubber will be moved back from 60 feet, 6 inches to 62 feet, 6 inches, with the objective of increasing player safety and the frequency of balls in play, Pfaff said. There will be no change to the height or slope of the mound.
      .... One rule they should add (but didn't): Any player who leaves their position (that includes the dugout) to engage in a brawl is automatically ejected. All fights eliminated.
      that would be like nascar without wrecks, but i guess that fits with my "baseball lite" comment.