MLB’s New Rules Are Saving Baseball and People Hate It

MLB’s New Rules Are Saving Baseball and People Hate It

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  1. asf7sg89 says:

    Maybe some day they could “save” baseball by addressing ridiculous blackout restrictions and tv deals that push people away from using extra effort or money needed to watch any baseball at all.

    Especially when going to games is expensive as hell.

  2. Come Fast To Get Into My Body says:

    the rules need tweaking but overall i think mlb is headed in the right direction with these new rules. unlike the nfl, whose idea of “evolving” is just picking a new rule to overcomplicate every year, mlb is actively trying to improve the quality of their games and i think sooner or later fans will see that it’s paying off

    • Timothy Brown says:

      I think it’s great. Nobody wastes more time in a professional sport than baseball players. Their bad habits have been “part of the game” but only make fans bored. I remember watching a playoff game where several minutes went by between pitches; pitcher shook off several signs, threw over to first numerous times when the runner had no intention of going and the batter stepped out multiple times. The game came to a standstill, just sucked all the energy out.

    • Collin Davis says:

      @Matthew Gonzalez  it’s still a thinking man’s game. It’s just not a slow thinking man’s game so much anymore.

      BTW, these games are only like 20 minutes shorter. It’s noticeable, but it’s not like it’s a completely different game now.

    • chris keddie says:

      ​@Matthew Gonzalez how is Improving pace of play a gimmick? There are ways that league marketing can be improved, but if the game is slow new fans won’t watch.

    • Adam Spencer says:

      @xe04 Football has less action, longer wait times, and longer games than baseball does.

    • Mike says:

      @Matthew Gonzalez Okie dokie boomer.

  3. Olivia Watson Watson says:

    A lot of the rules seem compliment one another, but only to a team, not always the individual. The biggest issue seems to be the oldest one – define balk properly.

    • 8Stormy5 says:

      @AJ Carrillo True! These rules were created in response to pitcher John BBWAA, who did a lot of writing while on the mound.

    • Ramonatho says:

      ​@AJ Carrillodon’t forget the part where you can’t wiggle your finger like a villain and say “I’m gonna strike ya out, chump!”

    • Johanness Willery says:

      @AJ Carrillo I have never seen a balk explained so succinctly.

    • AJ Carrillo says:

      1) You can’t just be up there and just doin’ a balk like that.

      1a. A balk is when you

      1b. Okay well listen. A balk is when you balk the

      1c. Let me start over

      1c-a. The pitcher is not allowed to do a motion to the, uh, batter, that prohibits the batter from doing, you know, just trying to hit the ball. You can’t do that.

      1c-b. Once the pitcher is in the stretch, he can’t be over here and say to the runner, like, “I’m gonna get ya! I’m gonna tag you out! You better watch your butt!” and then just be like he didn’t even do that.

      1c-b(1). Like, if you’re about to pitch and then don’t pitch, you have to still pitch. You cannot not pitch. Does that make any sense?

      1c-b(2). You gotta be, throwing motion of the ball, and then, until you just throw it.

      1c-b(2)-a. Okay, well, you can have the ball up here, like this, but then there’s the balk you gotta think about.

      1c-b(2)-b. Fairuza Balk hasn’t been in any movies in forever. I hope she wasn’t typecast as that racist lady in American History X.

      1c-b(2)-b(i). Oh wait, she was in The Waterboy too! That would be even worse.

      1c-b(2)-b(ii). “get in mah bellah” — Adam Water, “The Waterboy.” Haha, classic…

      1c-b(3). Okay seriously though. A balk is when the pitcher makes a movement that, as determined by, when you do a move involving the baseball and field of

      2) Do not do a balk please.

    • Johanness Willery says:

      NO ONE can define a balk.

  4. Daniel Shawl says:

    At this point watching baseball is like watching a group of statisticians discuss a complex board game. There’s a bunch of percentages for obscure actions, and a lot of meticulous rules.

  5. Mike Case says:

    Overall I’m interested to watch the impact of the rule changes over the course of the season. The only issue I have at the moment is MLB going after bat boys, that’s just not cool.

    • Robert Ewalt says:

      How about fewer TV ads between innings?

    • Cornpop says:

      @Redmenace96 exactly! Cause we know we need to GET THIS GAME OVER WOTH ALREADY DAMNIT

    • Redmenace96 says:

      Don’t see it as going after the BB. The manager may give the kid instructions to dilly-dally or drag his feet executing his duties. Using the bat boy to manipulate the rules is something that about half of the managers/players would do.

    • Sneersh says:

      Yeah going after bat boys is over the top. You’ll save what, a couple seconds per game at most? It’s silly and I’d feel bad for an overweight kid who’s a bat boy and can’t run very fast.

    • Michael Anthony says:

      The should all be like tennis sideline kids. Also they should be kids and not fat adults who tear their ACLs tripping.

  6. CZsWorld says:

    This is way better than the new rule explanations all the RSNs are airing.

  7. Fire Marshal Bill says:

    Zack Greinke shaking off his own pitches is THE most Zach Greinke thing EVER.

  8. Baked Potato says:

    It’s kind of amazing to me the answer to the shift isn’t just getting better at batting, idk. Obviously harder than it seems, just goes to show insane these pitchers are too.

    • Jonathan Mong says:

      It’s because pitchers actually induce those outcomes by locating and pitch selection, it’s not just hitters not being good enough, it’s pitching quite frankly being oppressive

    • Reid Allen says:

      @Blue Collar BoysA baseball team should be in the business of winning by whatever means works best and who cares if it’s “entertaining” or not?

    • Blue Collar Boys says:

      Well they could always bunt against the shift, but I don’t know if you’ve ever had to square up a bunt coming from a pitcher only 60’ away, but that shits scary at the upper HS level, let alone what these guys are seeing. And bunting against these pitchers may increase injuries in players Ill prepared to do it. Plus, do you want your $25m/yr player bunting every AB. It just feels like a crappy work around, and that would be boring to watch too.

  9. Robert Armstrong says:

    I watched opening day for the Dodgers last night. It was one of the most enjoyable games I have ever watched. More than any other sport, baseball has been dragged down over the decades with more and more dead time. The new rules don’t necessarily make a game shorter, but cut down on the enormous amount of time the players are doing absolutely nothing, giving the fan the feeling that the game is actually moving. A clean crisp game is making the game a joy to watch again.

  10. DJ Bongwater says:

    At the end of the day whether you personally like it or not, if you like baseball you gotta appreciate the rule changes for improving the product that’s getting broadcast to new prospective fans

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