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    Re: As shifts suppress offense, time has come to consider a rule change?

    My favorite crazy baseball idea.............and you'd need some crazy players to try it.

    What if all the position players created a sort of wall directly in front of the batters box, to basically block any view of the ball and/or pitcher to the hitter?!? Bet they'd change a rule for that.

    Side note: is there an official rule there has to be a catcher?

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    Re: As shifts suppress offense, time has come to consider a rule change?

    Outlaw bunts and be done with it.

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    Re: As shifts suppress offense, time has come to consider a rule change?

    Learn to go the other way.

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    Re: As shifts suppress offense, time has come to consider a rule change?

    Quote Originally Posted by adampad View Post
    My favorite crazy baseball idea.............and you'd need some crazy players to try it.

    What if all the position players created a sort of wall directly in front of the batters box, to basically block any view of the ball and/or pitcher to the hitter?!? Bet they'd change a rule for that.

    Side note: is there an official rule there has to be a catcher?
    I was thinking about this, pad the fielders down like football players and have at it, nothings getting past.
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    Re: As shifts suppress offense, time has come to consider a rule change?

    Quote Originally Posted by dougdirt View Post
    Outlaw bunts and be done with it.
    I'd also be for this. Enthusiastically.
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    Re: As shifts suppress offense, time has come to consider a rule change?

    Quote Originally Posted by dougdirt View Post
    Outlaw bunts and be done with it.
    Ross Barnes the fair foul king votes no

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    Re: As shifts suppress offense, time has come to consider a rule change?

    Between the endless shifting and league wide inability to make contact, the games have been relentlessly boring. Watching less and less.

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    Re: As shifts suppress offense, time has come to consider a rule change?

    My crazy rule change to help offense (that will never happen): No more than 10 pitchers allowed on an active roster.

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    Re: As shifts suppress offense, time has come to consider a rule change?

    Why are people so hellbent on increasing offense? I've not personally understood why a sport needs a lot of scoring in order to be exciting. If I wanted a 15-12 game, I certainly could take up Lacrosse as a viewing hobby, but I like the pressure of low-scoring baseball games. Surely some occasional high-scoring affairs to spice things up can be a treat, but I don't need a lot of offense all the time to enjoy baseball.
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    Re: As shifts suppress offense, time has come to consider a rule change?

    I don't see how you can logically make rules about defensive positioning. This isn't the NBA.

    Hit the ball where the defenders aren't.
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    Re: As shifts suppress offense, time has come to consider a rule change?

    Quote Originally Posted by Brutus View Post
    Why are people so hellbent on increasing offense? I've not personally understood why a sport needs a lot of scoring in order to be exciting. If I wanted a 15-12 game, I certainly could take up Lacrosse as a viewing hobby, but I like the pressure of low-scoring baseball games. Surely some occasional high-scoring affairs to spice things up can be a treat, but I don't need a lot of offense all the time to enjoy baseball.
    Those footballers who constantly tell me they quit baseball years ago say it is boring, that high dollar teams have unhittable pitchers and teams don't score enough runs. Go to a football game where someone wins 3-0 and you'll see upset fans. People want action and watching a 1-0 shutout is not the most exciting thing to the casual fan. They want to see action. Like you, I like the competition and the pressure, but truth is, you have to score to win. That's something we haven't seen from the Reds on a consistent basis since the break.
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    Re: As shifts suppress offense, time has come to consider a rule change?

    Quote Originally Posted by villain612 View Post
    I don't see how you can logically make rules about defensive positioning. This isn't the NBA.

    Hit the ball where the defenders aren't.
    Basketball has it. Football has it. Soccer has opposite rules where you can't do certain types of offenses (offsides).

    They all have some sort of illegal defense kind of thing going on. With that said, I hope baseball doesn't actually consider it. I'm with you. Hit it through them, over them or where they aren't.

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    Re: As shifts suppress offense, time has come to consider a rule change?

    You know what they say, hitting wins championships.
    "This isnít stats vs scouts - this is stats and scouts working together, building an organization that blends the best of both worlds. This is the blueprint for how a baseball organization should be run. And, whether the baseball men of the 20th century like it or not, this is where baseball is going."---Dave Cameron, U.S.S. Mariner

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    Re: As shifts suppress offense, time has come to consider a rule change?

    Hardcore fans, which is the majority on RZ, don't mind low scoring games. The casual fan that makes up 85% of the attendance and viewers get bored with it. I could be a casual fan of soccer - it is a beautiful game. But I find watching a match to be drudgery. 1-0. 2-1. 0-0. I know I'd watch more if they scored more. I don't know what they will do but I will bet you a couple things. First, the NL will adopt the DH at some point, and if the pitching domination gets too out of balance they will change some rules. Strike zone. Defensive shifts. Something will be done. Attendance skyrocketed in the steroid years. Purists hated the softball like scores, obviously, casual fans liked it. Casual fans love scoring and the casual fan is the dollar sign to MLB. I think they'll just watch how it goes for couple more years, though, before tinkering with rule changes.
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    Re: As shifts suppress offense, time has come to consider a rule change?

    Quote Originally Posted by dougdirt View Post
    Outlaw bunts and be done with it.
    As long as we outlaw Intentional Walks too.


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