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    Re: Rules change

    Quote Originally Posted by Hap

    I personally prefer the DH. Today's pitchers didn't get to the big leagues with their bats. Many of them do not bat at all in college and/or the minors. And then, they have to learn to hit against big leaguers. The DH can also be used to rest a player without losing his bat in the lineup. Or it can be used to give some ABs to a utility player. The Big Red Machine could have rotated Bench, Rose, Perez and Driessen and even Bob Bailey and Mike Lum.
    I'd prefer no DH because it makes it more of a team game. In the AL the game is your 9 vs my nine plus a starter and maybe a setup man and a closer.

    In the NL it's more than that. It also includes pinch hitters, double switches and multiple pitchers. This involves your bench and a good bit of your bullpen. It helps team morale as well because more guys get to play. That's the reason extra and utility guys prefer the NL. They get more playing time. In the NL it's much more advantageous to have proficient pinch hitters and middle relievers. I think it's a better game if it's my 25 guys vs your 25 guys.

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    Re: Rules change

    Limited number of pick off attempts to a base like four per runner. Use them wisely!!! Increase base stealing which is an exciting part of the game.

    Concerning the "throwing glove at ball", why don't we see guys do that on a homerun? If the ball is going to clear the fence, you might as well wing your glove at the ball and try to knock it down and hold him to a triple!

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    Re: Rules change

    One of the most exciting plays in baseball is the bang bang homeplate collision. It is an exciting play, but I believe it leaves the catcher too vulnerable and puts his career in too much jeopardy.

    I think the runner should have to slide. They can slide hard but not bowl over the catcher.

    Check out this link for catcher testimony:

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/200...619/index.html
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    Re: Rules change

    Quote Originally Posted by Sea Ray
    I'd prefer no DH because it makes it more of a team game. In the AL the game is your 9 vs my nine plus a starter and maybe a setup man and a closer.

    In the NL it's more than that. It also includes pinch hitters, double switches and multiple pitchers. This involves your bench and a good bit of your bullpen. It helps team morale as well because more guys get to play. That's the reason extra and utility guys prefer the NL. They get more playing time. In the NL it's much more advantageous to have proficient pinch hitters and middle relievers. I think it's a better game if it's my 25 guys vs your 25 guys.

    Yet it's ridiculous and embarrassing to the game to watch most pitchers hit

    I'd be interested to see actually how much more playing time extra guys in the NL get over those in the AL. Sure, guys in the NL are going to pinch hit more often, and will occasionally play the field in a double switch, but guys in the AL still occasionally enter the game as defensive replacements.

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    Re: Rules change

    Quote Originally Posted by Spitball
    One of the most exciting plays in baseball is the bang bang homeplate collision. It is an exciting play, but I believe it leaves the catcher too vulnerable and puts his career in too much jeopardy.

    I think the runner should have to slide. They can slide hard but not bowl over the catcher.

    Check out this link for catcher testimony:

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/200...619/index.html

    I think the catcher should not block the plate if he isn't ready to get rolled over. And there is NO excuse to be there if he doesnt have the ball...

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    Re: Rules change

    Wait, can we change the length of the game to 7 innings????

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    Re: Rules change

    Quote Originally Posted by Ltlabner
    This is probably a bit of a goofy topic but if you could have one rule in baseball changed what would it be?

    Perhaps there is a rule you think is stupid? Maybe it hurts the game? Perhaps it takes away from the integrety of the game. Could be that it makes no sense or disrupts the flow of the game.

    Personally, I am torn between the DH and the dropped 3rd strike. The DH is well...the DH. I'm sure that will spur some lively discussion but I am a fan of making the pitchers hit, and having to deal with that in later innings.

    The dropped 3rd strike makes little sense to me. Perhaps there is something about it I am missing. I don't think I've ever seen someone make it to 1B by evading the tag from the catcher. Maybe a catcher forgets to tag once in a while, but my guess is that it's rare. It just seems (again to me) to be a pointless exersize.

    I love the dropped third strike rule. One game in college we were facing a very good pitcher and hadn't had very many base runners, I was up with a one ball two strike count and on the next pitch the ball must have slipped out of his hand and I could see it was going very high and most likely the catcher wasn't going to get it, so I swung the bat and took off running for 1st base and ended up scoring one of our two runs.

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    Re: Rules change

    Quote Originally Posted by col4life
    Wait, can we change the length of the game to 7 innings????
    Less bullpen work = Great idea
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    Re: Rules change

    The day the NL starts using the DH is the day I start paying attention to the NBA.
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    I say drop the rule pertaining to the warning the pitcher about throwing inside. Let the pitchers police the game likee they used to.
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    Re: Rules change

    Abolish the ground-ruled double. Fielders must pursue a ball into the stands. Talk about a new meaning to the Red Sox/Yankees rivalry.
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    Re: Rules change

    Quote Originally Posted by col4life
    I think the catcher should not block the plate if he isn't ready to get rolled over. And there is NO excuse to be there if he doesnt have the ball...
    The catcher can't block the plate if he doesn't have the ball. Rule 7.06. states: "The catcher, without the ball in his possession, has no right to block the pathway of the runner attempting to score. The base line belongs to the runner and the catcher should be there only when he is fielding a ball or when he already has the ball in his hand."

    But, if the catcher has the ball in his hand or glove, the runner can plow into him and try to knock the ball free. Why don't we see collisions at second or third on tag plays? What if Adam Dunn plowed through David Eckstein on an attempted steal of second? For one thing, the benches would clear, but I'm not sure how the umpire would call it.
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