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    Dumbest Rule in Baseball

    In honor of the two balks called against Armando Benetiz last night, I am calling on all baseball fans to vote for the Dumbest Rule in Baseball.
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    Re: Dumbest Rule in Baseball

    DH. I'll always vote DH.
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    Re: Dumbest Rule in Baseball

    Dh.

    The leagues don't need to be different, like the NFL telling the AFC to play by Canadian rules
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    Re: Dumbest Rule in Baseball

    bunt a foul ball with 2 strikes. I have always hated that.
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    Re: Dumbest Rule in Baseball

    DH.

    I don't think there's even a close second.
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    Re: Dumbest Rule in Baseball

    The "vulture win" by a reliever.

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    Re: Dumbest Rule in Baseball

    I saw the dumbest rule enacted the other night (I forget which game it was) and had only seen it called once before in my lifetime (and it was called against one of my high school teammates in a state playoff game. It was called correctly, but I still think it's a dumb rule, but I digress).

    Batter has 2 strikes on him. Pitch comes in, he offers at the pitch, but it hits him in the hand. It is not a normal foul ball at that point at which time he'd get another pitch. It is ruled strike 3 since he offered at it, it hit him and thus, is a dead ball. It is ruled the same as a bunt attempt on the third strike, and I think it's dumb. It happens rarely, but I think it's a dumb rule. Just rule it a foul ball. The hitter is already in pain (from being hit) and embarrassed (from attempting to swing at a ball that eventually hit him). No need to pile it on and call him out.
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    Re: Dumbest Rule in Baseball

    I like the dropped third strike even as a former pitcher. It is extremely frustrating as a young pitcher bcit comes into effect more but in the MLB the catcher needs to be able to handle nasty stuff

    I hate the DH even though there have been times ive wished we were in the AL (the wily mo days.. and everytime i see adam dunn go after a flyball) I think it takes a lot out of the skill and strategy in the game which i love... I don't even like to watch AL games unless its like Yankees Redsox. It is assinine to have different rules for different leagues.
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    Balks protect base runners. It is very much a part of small ball which is part of the reason I hate the DH. Without balks we'd see no hit and runs or SB bc it would take away the timing of base running

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    Re: Dumbest Rule in Baseball

    DH. The leagues should play by the same rules.

    My preference is no DH.

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    Re: Dumbest Rule in Baseball

    The DH rule is the worst rule in all of sports!
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    Re: Dumbest Rule in Baseball

    Pitcher commits error, then when the runner scores it's an "unearned" run?
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    Re: Dumbest Rule in Baseball

    DH by all means...

    but,

    If you want to talk about the Balk rule, I know it's there to protect the runners so how about the way the balk rule is enforced. Like when Harang hung his spikes and the "balk" brought the runner in to tie the game. Or how Andy Pettite NEVER gets called for a balk on those pickoffs to 1st.
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    Re: Dumbest Rule in Baseball

    Uncaught third strike, no way should the batter potentially get rewarded for swinging at a bad pitch. It is inconsistent with the swinging at a pitch that hits them mentioned in an earlier post.

    The DH is a good rule for MLB, requiring pitchers to hit is about like requiring 300 pound lineman to be the field goal kicker. But it should be either or, not two different rules in the AL/NL. I used to hate it, but it turned out to be only traditionalist reason forming the opinion. Pitchers hitting stifles the offensive flow of the game. It would be like telling the offensive team in football that the QB must run at least once every other series, or that the rebounding power forward has to make at least one 3 point attempt per game.

    I would love to see the NL adopt the DH--and drop the uncaught third strike rule.

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    Re: Dumbest Rule in Baseball

    Balk without a doubt. It's hard to define and even more difficult to enforce. Why can't the pitcher fake out the runner? The runner can fake out the pitcher! While you may or may not like the DH, at least it's somewhat logical, easy to understand, and very easy to enforce.

    Complex rules that are difficult to enforce detract from the game in my opinion. It's why I like baseball more than football and basketball. The more little rules that are necessary to create the desired balance, the worse the game is designed in my opinion. Baseball is very well designed in terms of this balance, as can be seen by the fact that it's rules have stayed constant for so long.

    I would equate the DH with addition of the 3 point shot in basketball. It's not a rule so much as a design change. In terms of bad rules, I'd add the infield fly rule to the equation.
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    Re: Dumbest Rule in Baseball

    Quote Originally Posted by RedsManRick View Post
    In terms of bad rules, I'd add the infield fly rule to the equation.
    Disagree strongly.

    I bet you'd hate it after about five DPs resulted from pop-ups on the infield.
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