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Baseball fans, how do you feel about these proposed rule changes?

Asked by elbanditoroso (24888points) 1 week ago

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The specific rule-change proposals include:

The adoption of the designated hitter in the National League, making the DH universal across both leagues.

A rule requiring pitchers to face a minimum of three batters, except in the case of injury or when finishing an inning.

A 20-second pitch clock, a timesaving device Manfred has espoused for more than a year now.

A single trade deadline before the all-star break, to replace the traditional July 31 deadline and the Aug. 31 waiver-trade deadline.

The expansion of rosters from 25 to 26 players, with a maximum of 12 pitchers.

A reduction in mound visits from six to five.

A rule, which would be tested in spring training and the All-Star Game, in which each half-inning in extra innings would begin with a runner on second base.

Tweaks to the draft order to reward winning teams and penalize perennial losing teams.

A rule that would permit two-sport athletes, such as Kyler Murray, to sign major league contracts as enticement to play baseball.

The only one I have a problem with is the extra innings / runner at second base idea. Others are OK with me.

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Darth_Algar's avatar

I like the universal DH and the 3-batter rule. The runner on 2nd in extra innings is stupid. The rest I don’t really care one way or the other.

Love_my_doggie's avatar

The adoption of the designated hitter in the National League, making the DH universal across both leagues. Boo! Hate it! Dump the DH, and restore Real Baseball to the A.L.

A rule requiring pitchers to face a minimum of three batters, except in the case of injury or when finishing an inning No. The specialty relievers, especially the lefty-one-out-guys, are key to the game’s strategy.

Here’s a rule that the OP didn’t include: No more interleague play (what I call “fake baseball”).

Caravanfan's avatar

“The adoption of the designated hitter in the National League” Agree. Pitchers nowadays don’t hit from high school on. Why should all of a sudden they hit in the majors?

“A rule requiring pitchers to face a minimum of three batters” Disagree. Righty/lefty matchups are an important strategic tool.

“A 20-second pitch clock” I’ll believe it when I see it. But the hold up on games isn’t necessarily the pitch clock but the TV commercials.

“A single trade deadline” Don’t care

“Roster expansion”. Yes. It will decrease burnout and injury

“Mound visit reduction”. Disagree. Again this will save a couple of minutes at most.

“Runner on second base in extra innings”. Surprisingly, I agree. We have a local single-A independent league team and this really sped up the game, and IMO didn’t detract from it.

“Tweaks to the draft order”. Disagree. Let’s go ahead and make strong teams even stronger so that the weaker teams can NEVER get a good farm system.

“Two sport athletes”. Don’t care. There are so few of them that whatever

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

The DH is too bad. I like things less contrived.

That extra innings / runner at second base seems like a little league rule.

Darth_Algar's avatar

@Love_my_doggie

How is interleague play “fake” baseball?

zenvelo's avatar

I want the continuity of the game so that in essence baseball is pretty much the same as it was in the 1920s, 1950s, and 1990s.

Get rid of the DH completely, it is a key strategy point to have pitchers hit. And no 3 batter minimum. Quit messing with strategy.

Darth_Algar's avatar

Well considering that the DH rule was first suggested (and tried to varying degrees before it’s full implementation in the early 1970’s) in 1906 I’d say the continuity is there.

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