If You Ran the Zoo: By Gerald McGrew What Changes would you make, that you think MLB must do!

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    Re: If You Ran the Zoo: By Gerald McGrew What Changes would you make, that you think MLB must do!

    In response to solareclipse's comment:

    Yes, though a field clock and official timer is needed on the "supposed to be a 10 second" part.

    Good points, and any changes to address this nonsense between pitches would be progress. 




    yes, of course they would need a timer - either on the scoreboard or the ump could have something like his count clicker

     
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    Re: If You Ran the Zoo: By Gerald McGrew What Changes would you make, that you think MLB must do!

    Make one strike an out and games would finish in record time.

     
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    Re: If You Ran the Zoo: By Gerald McGrew What Changes would you make, that you think MLB must do!

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    I don't mind the occasional "foul off battle", but there are too many when it does little but slow the game down to below turtle. At some point, the batter needs to either put in a play or be out, as bunting on strike 2 count puts an end to that aspect. I'd say 3 foul off after strike 2 is a "battle" that's long enough. 




    So you would have declared Big Papi out in the 14th inning of Game 5 of the ALCS back in 2004 (when he drove in Damon with the winning run after 10 or 11 pitches).  Those 10+ pitch at bats are great theater, whichever way you are rooting.

     

    In the minors (at least the lower ones) there is a rule that once a hitter steps into the box, he can't leave it without permission from the ump and it is enforced to the tune of called strikes.  One foot out to check a sign is one thing.  Stepping completely out after every pitch is another.  There was an incident earlier this year where a batter was called out with only one pitch actually being thrown (strike one).  The batter didn't like the call and stepped out of the box to argue.  Ump said get back in, he didn't, strike 2.  Hitter continued to "discuss", strike 3.

     

    Speed the game up by requiring hitters to stay in the box and enforcing it with called strikes coupled with pitchers having 20 seconds max to do something with the baseball (pitch, throw to a base, etc.) and enforcing that with called balls.

     

     
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    Re: If You Ran the Zoo: By Gerald McGrew What Changes would you make, that you think MLB must do!

    football is more popular than baseball for a number of reasons.  time of game is not one of them.  when is the last time you saw a football game last less than 3 hours???

    A) 16 games versus 162 games

    2)  Gambling

    III) Collision Sport

     

    have a nice day

     
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    Re: If You Ran the Zoo: By Gerald McGrew What Changes would you make, that you think MLB must do!

    The biggest problem with the penalties proposed for not following these speed up rules is that they directly impact individual player statistics in a way that is not based on skill and without having to actually put the ball in play. It will make it more diificult to analyze player statistics. Other sports penalties make more sense such as giving the ball up to the opposition or being penalized yards, etc. These do not impact individual player statistics.

     
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    Re: If You Ran the Zoo: By Gerald McGrew What Changes would you make, that you think MLB must do!

    In response to solareclipse's comment:

    The biggest problem with the penalties proposed for not following these speed up rules is that they directly impact individual player statistics in a way that is not based on skill 


    How so? How does a timeclock to cut down on delays between pitches have anything to do with impacting indivudual player statistics. And "impact" cuts more than one way. 

    As for fouling off pitches, it takes more skill to put the ball in play in 2 called strikes and then 3 max foul-offs than it does to to just drop the bat head down and dink the ball foul. 

    It doesn't appear that your intent to provide any substance on the issues raised by the thread. It appears as though you are trolling by just to be disagreeable. 

    "One strike and you are out will speed the game up" is simply a sarcastic quip.



    If you award balls and strikes based on delaying the game it impacts statistics.

    Baseball is more a game of drama than action. The battle between pitcher and batter is an example of that drama.

     
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    Re: If You Ran the Zoo: By Gerald McGrew What Changes would you make, that you think MLB must do!

    In response to solareclipse's comment:

    football is more popular than baseball for a number of reasons.  time of game is not one of them.  when is the last time you saw a football game last less than 3 hours???


    You obviously didn't read the thread. It's not necessarily the elapsed time of the average time per game, it's the delays between the action. That's one of the reasons why football is more popular than baseball. 

    riddle me this smartypants:  how much "action time" is there in football?    how much in baseball?  whoops

    Plenty of gambing on baseball, and there would be more if it was a popular as football.

    it's not even close.  the amount of money bet both legally and illegally in football is enormous compared to baseball. 

    The number is games isn't the issue, football has tons of games to watch over the course of a season. If your break it down by post season and ignore the regular season, same result. Football is way more popular.

    of course it is.  if your team only played 1x per week for 16-20 weeks you would watch every single one of them.  to compare postseason is ridiculous.  Football is knockout round once the PS starts.  baseball is best of.....

    If ti was about number of "collisions" then Hockey would be more poplar than football. If it as about the force of the collisons, then NASCAR would be more popular than football.

    hockey see #'s 1 & 2.  lol @ bringing nascar into it.

     




     
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    Re: If You Ran the Zoo: By Gerald McGrew What Changes would you make, that you think MLB must do!

    not whining.  just pointing out that length of games has little to do with popularity as you contend.  it is other factors and yes, gambling is a factor on popularity of football.  but your argument of "time of game action" bears "discussing".  PLEASE ANSWER MY QUERY FROM THE PREVIOUS POST:

    riddle me this smartypants:  how much "action time" is there in football?    how much in baseball?  whoops


    IF YOU ARE GOING TO STATE THAT "ACTION TIME" IS THE REASON FOOTBALL IS MORE POPULAR YOU SHOUD AT LEAST HAVE THE STATS TO BACK IT UP.

    let me educate you....the AVERAGE baseball game has more minutes of "action time" than the AVERAGE football game.   class dismissed.....

     
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    Re: If You Ran the Zoo: By Gerald McGrew What Changes would you make, that you think MLB must do!

    In response to solareclipse's comment:

     

    the AVERAGE baseball game has more minutes of "action time" than the AVERAGE football game.   class dismissed.....


    Let me educate you on chest implants and the fact that there is more minutes of action time in football than baseball. You never took the class. 

     




    wow.....your denial of facts continues to amaze me.  even when "guided" to the truth you continue to spit lies.

     

    a baseball game has (on average) 18 minutes of "action".

    a football game has (on average) 11 minutes of "action".

    please explain your stance now.

    as for gambling...there is no denying (well, except by you) that betting on games / fantasy leagues has helped viewership of football thrive.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/10/06/nfl-s-shadow-economy-of-gambling-and-fantasy-football-is-a-multibillion-dollar-business.html

     http://thesportdigest.com/2011/03/538/

     http://www.forbes.com/sites/monteburke/2012/10/09/why-is-football-so-popular/

     http://burningthepennant.blogspot.com/2011/02/someone-tell-me-why-nfl-is-so-popular.html

     http://www.tampabay.com/sports/football/bucs/ten-reasons-the-nfl-has-become-so-popular/944676

     http://bleacherreport.com/articles/510937-the-nfl-wins-war-on-popularity-why-the-nfl-is-now-americas-favorite-sport

     http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1691465-how-the-nfl-became-americas-sport

     
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