One of the dumbest rule changes I'v ever seen, easily.
If they want to speed the game up put a 15-20 sec limit between pitches.
This is one of the few options that would make sense. Enough with pitchers like David Price taking forever between pitches!
It would not effect the game itself at all. It would not harm the pitchers at all (it's ridiculous to think that it would, lol). If you look at footage of pitchers from 40 plus years ago (you know, when they had no pitch counts) they hardly took time between pitches. There's no reason why a reasonable time frame could be set (without runners on base) to be enforced on the mound.
Good thought, dezzzR!
Here is some more of his tinkering:
http://www.sbnation.com/mlb/2017/2/7...me-of-baseballFirst, Manfred is proposing that the four-pitch walk be eliminated. This would save time, since instead of awkwardly throwing four pitches to a standing catcher while the batter sort of waits there until it's all over, the batter could just go to first base. The second change he's proposing is a little more ... intense. He wants to raise the strike zone several inches to above a player's knee. Currently, the strike zone resides in "the hollow beneath the kneecap," so this would be quite the change. It would eliminate the low strike, which has been called more in recent years.
But here's the problem, and you may have already noticed it. Even though it might not save much, eliminating the four-pitch intentional walk is meant to save time during a game. But raising the strike zone is supposed to generate more offense, which actually makes games longer. You can't have both. Well, you can, but they work at cross purposes. Any time saved on intentional walks you lose on non-intentional walks. You can have shorter games or more action. If you want both, Manfred needs to essentially cut an inning or two off of the end of every game.
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Those NYY vs BOS games are long because of the high amount of runs that are usually scored in them, the hitters on both teams are smart and patient who take a lot of pitches because they have good eyes and don't swing at bad pitches, which makes the pitcher work even harder (good strategy), and because of a lot of pitching changes during the middle to the end of the game. NOT because the Yankee hitters take too much time stepping out of the batter's box..
Anybody who complains about a Yankee vs Red Sux game is either not a real baseball fan, or a Yankee hater.
Anyone who cries about people bringing up the length of a Red Sox Yankee game is obviously not paying attention to the game of baseball (and sound ridiculous).
They are long games.
I only enjoy it though because Im a big time Yankee fan.
Instead of fooling with the basic components of a game, keep everything the same as is, but reduce regulation games to 7 innings. THAT'LL greatly shorten the length of games without harming fans' sense of sport integrity overall, it seems to me.
Reduce regular season to 130-140 games, give or take. Start season late April. World Series would end early-mid October. The regular season is too damn long. It dilutes interest, certainly for the non avid baseball fan--which is one reason a broader baseball audience has been shrinking, imo.
The biggest issue is the commercial breaks but we all know they won't limit those.