Re: Over-looked & All-important
posted at 9/15/2011 5:32 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Over-looked & All-important
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Over-looked & All-important : The game needs to cut down on the time element, the games are simply too long between the better AL teams, too many pitches taken, too many pitching changes, too many stepouts, too many long stretch moments by pitchers.I know there are some the love a nice 5 hour ballgame but they must have great jobs or a lot of money because most of us don't have the luxury or time (families) to sit through a 4 hour ballgame that ends at a ridiculous hour.
I think the umpires need to expand the strikezone, making hitters, forcing hitters to swing away.
Posted by dannycater
I empathize with UR plight. I just don't think expanding the strike zone is fair.
Players come thru the Sox farm system being taught plate discipline would only be compromised by the new rules. It's not fair to any player.
I can see rising the level of the mound again, since it was once changed, but the game is ruled by certain traditional standards. They shouldn't be altered to favor fan participation.
The league made that mistake by looking the other way when steroid use ran rampant. They knew it would increase run production and become more popular with fans. Was it worth the artificial records and the fact Congress had to intervene?
I do think they should enforce the 20-second rule for pitchers (between at bats).
But pitches will be taken as hitters should exploit the importance of working the count...and the pitcher. And frequent pitching changes will occur due to the concocted hitting era, which has made CG's a thing of the past.
As for the RedSox dominance of the Angels in the post season, I have often said that sitting Tek (allowing VMART to catch the staff) and hitting a hot Drew 8th diminished any possible advantage Boston might have had in that series. Update: Tigers: 87-62