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MLB - The Future

Discussion in 'College & Pro Sports' started by FredJacket, Jan 11, 2020 at 10:49 AM.

  1. FredJacket

    FredJacket Helluva Engineer

    I found this article pretty fascinating... & well thought out. I'll highlight if you aren't a subscriber. Stark is predicting & pontificating on what big changes we may see in next decade of major league baseball (in no particular order):

    1) Auto Strike Zone - there is already enough data to show the current "testing" indicates this moves the strike zone from what is normally called a strike. Not a showstopper by any means... but may need to tweak things before implementation. This change is almost a certainty (umpire union already saying they'll 'cooperate'). Will happen sooner rather than later... in the decade.

    2) "Technology" used to signal pitches... response to the sign stealing shenanigans recently exposed re Astros & Red Sox.

    3) Universal DH. He talks about a compromise, though... to appease people (like me) who like that part of the NL product. The DH would only be allowed while starting pitcher remained in the game. After starter is removed, revert back to forcing decisions on pinch hitting and/or double switches. I think I like that.

    4) Expansion / Realignment / no AL/NL (as we've known them) - Expand to 32 teams. 8 x 4-team divisions. 2 x 16-team leagues. Divisions/Leagues geographically aligned.

    5) More playoff teams - logical offshoot to #4 above.

    6) Shorter season - he thinks 154 games... again logical offshoot to #4 & #5.

    7) Every Monday a day off - this idea included a "Monthly Doubleheader Day" where every team played a scheduled DH.

    8) Tweak extra inning rules to end the marathon games.

    9) Deaden baseball some to "increase action" by having more balls in play.

    10) Decreasing use of fastball - not a new rule, but the trend. We can expect a higher percentage of breaking balls thrown.

    11) Gambling - the legal kind.

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  2. YellowJacketFan2018

    YellowJacketFan2018 Helluva Engineer

    That was a great article thanks Fred!(y)
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  3. herb

    herb Helluva Engineer

    1. I am ok with it. I would prefer no replay, no technology. But the horse is out of the barn
    2. Less technology, not more
    3. I hate it! The DH is communist
    4. One of the main draws of baseball is nostalgia and consistency. As Terence Mann said “the one constant through all the years. . .has been baseball. . . . Baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it’s a part of our past.” They are going to ruin that and then where will they be?
    5. Ok
    6. Ok
    7. Bad
    8. I don’t really care for regular season
    9. Won’t work. My word offense will be horrific, dead ball, 400 pitchers a game throwing 100.
    10. Haven’t thought about this
    11. Doesn’t matter to me
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  4. Buzzbomb

    Buzzbomb Helluva Engineer

    I don’t have a subscription, therefore really appreciate the O.P. spelling it out & summarizations given.

    8)Is this idea like Sudden Death for whomever got to the furthest base during that inning if no scoring took place?
    11)Legally betting on baseball? Can they do that with some State Legislature’s having contrary laws?
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  5. YellowJacketFan2018

    YellowJacketFan2018 Helluva Engineer

    I have no problem with computerized umpiring it would cut down on inconsistant calls
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  6. FredJacket

    FredJacket Helluva Engineer

    Currently, in some minor leagues, they place a runner on 2nd base to start each extra inning. That is one thought. He also talks about some sort of "HR derby" ... I don't like either of those, and cannot think of anything I would like.

    As for gambling... he simply acknowledges gambling is becoming legal in more & more places...& the trend will continue... & good or bad will impact baseball. He hypothesizes a tipping point where accessibility to gambling will increase fan interest/interaction (ex. prop bets during live action).
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