Pace of Play Rules Going Too Far

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What's going on goombahs.


On Wednesday I saw the 5 new rules proposed to the MLBPA by Commissioner Bud Selig and the rules committee and it lit my fire.

So here's my first blog:


One of the major points of emphasis was the possible installation of the designated hitter to the National League. Effectively bringing a halt to the endless excitement that a Jon Lester home run brings to my heart.
To be honest, I wouldn't mind seeing the DH made universal in baseball. It would be great for the longevity of major league hitters. NL Catchers would have a have the luxury of being the DH on their day off instead of being forced to sit the bench. Older players who can still mash would have their opportunity for employment doubled with this rule change. It would also make it easier for the Angel's to get rid of Albert Pujols and his albatross of a contract.


Now I get it hardos, having a pitcher hit does add strategy to a game, but it may be time to have them focus all of their talents on throwing the ball. Cubs fans will remember last year when Pedro Strop got his first opportunity to swing the stick, he pulled his hamstring bad enough to sideline him for the last 3 weeks of the season. Was it avoidable? Of course. Joe Maddon could have pinch hit for Strop, but he didn't. The point I'm making is the DH would eliminate dumb stuff like this from happening to pitchers.


The two sides have also discussed doing away with waiver trades after the All-Star break and moving the non-waiver trade deadline before the mid-summer classic. I am not opposed to eliminating the waiver trade deadline, mostly because it confuses the hell out of me.


For those who don't know, after the non-waiver trade deadline right after the All-Star game teams can still trade players by waivers.


So a team puts a player on waivers, and all 30 teams have a chance to claim the player. Once a team does place a claim, trade can only be worked out between those 2 teams. There are more details to it like revocable and non-revocable waivers, but that's for another blog. You might remember last summer the Cubs acquired Daniel Murphy from Washington via waiver trade.

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Another topic being discussed is the installation of a 20-second pitch clock. I am here for this 100%, but I think 20 seconds may be too short. Extending the clock to 30 seconds would be more conducive for pitchers, who should not feel rushed in delivering a pitch given the gravity each throw holds.


The league is also thinking about installing anti-tanking rules that would bring about draft advantages for winning teams and penalties for the losing teams. This, of course, is idiotic per multiple sources.


Now I don't have exact details of this proposed rule, but at first glance, it doesn't seem like a good idea. This would bring about perpetually terrible teams that would be stuck in the cellar of the league while the good teams just get better. Essentially, the rich get richer and the poor become miserable.


A lot of times the draft is how small market teams get better because they can't lure in big free agents or pay for them.


This last one is what really got my blood boiling, guys. The MLB is suggesting that a pitcher must face a minimum of 3 batters before he can be pulled from a game. This, of course, is another effort to try and quicken the pace of play so that the league can capture the audience of the squirrel-brained millennial.
This is a step too far, Manfred. Do you want a pitch clock? Sure, take it. Do you want to limit mound visits to 6 per game? Weird flex, but okay.. take that too. But now you want to eliminate the strategy of playing the matchups?? KICK ROCKS PAL! This is where I draw the line.
Playing the matchups in the final innings of a game might be one of the most crucial strategies to the game itself! And there's an art to pulling it off, and if you eliminate it you open to door to some terrible baseball late games.

What if a guy doesn't have his best stuff one day? How many times have you seen a reliever come into a game and walk the first two batters he sees? Too many. If this rule is enacted, that bum would have to sit out there for another batter before any additional help could be called on. It's a ridiculous idea.

On top of that, there is discussion that if a game reaches the 11th inning a team would start each inning from that point forward with a runner on 2nd. Excuse me, what?


Baseball is beautiful the way it is and it shouldn't be tampered with to accommodate the short attention span of Americans.


By Ryan Sartori