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Matt

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Matt last won the day on January 14 2005

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About Matt

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  • Birthday 12/9/1980

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    social worker
  • Favorite Current Oriole
    Erik Bedard (when I created this profile in '03). Now? I don't even know.
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    Andy Van Slyke
  1. Matt

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    Why are we talking about batting average in 2019? Some of these opinions in this thread seem like blasts from the past. If Davis is on base over 30% of the time and slugs over .420, he at least won’t be completely worthless. If the guy can be penciled in for a .750 OPS, that’s a win. And the lower his BA, the more interesting the stats become—and the more HRs he’d need to hit to have a decent SLG. He’d probably have to hit over 40 HR.
  2. That’s an extra 2.25 million in each owner’s pocket. I doubt they’re giving it to charity.
  3. Seems like a reasonable compromise. Count me in for this idea.
  4. If that’s “to say the least,” could you say more? I am dubious about your wild pitch theory. I imagine they want to keep it as is because the commercial breaks give them $$$. I think your idea about increases in wild pitches is pretty far-fetched.
  5. I’d see it as a way of making frequent, mid-inning pitcher substitutions somewhat less appealing for managers, in addition to speeding up the game in and of itself. Basically, it might go a significant way toward doing what the proposed three-batter-minimum would accomplish.
  6. Decrease in effectiveness would be a feature of this rule change, not a bug, in my opinion.
  7. I don't doubt for a second that the various analytics/marketing departments have a bunch of cool information, which the CEOs/decision-makers end up not really using -- which would explain why the Orioles have been behind the curve in various areas for years. Hard to say what MLB knows or has been doing, but if they were at an all-time-high, say, 10 years ago in attendance and are at a current all-time-high in revenue, my guess is they're going to be pretty conservative with their changes, rather than wondering "how do we get back to how it was in 1979." Much to our chagrin. But anyway, maybe there really is something about the modern game, or, say, the game as it was in 2009 (e.g.) that really spoke to people.
  8. I have to imagine market research these days is pretty next-level. Rather than rely on surveys or answers to questions, they may have people watch specific portions of a game, and then measure biomarkers that correspond to interest level to gauge what was appealing. I'm kinda just spitballing here here, but there are really innovative ways of conducting this type of research. And it's what I'd be funding I had bazillions of dollars and a vested interest in the continued health of the game. So my guess is they're doing research like this or, quite likely, better. Whether they're do anything (or anything we'd notice) with it is another question.
  9. I'm totally with you. I think there has to be a way of combining that era with the more analytically-inclined era, such that smart, innovative GMs will find new ways of constructing teams around particular concepts. It will take rules changes to make various strategies more viable. I guess in the end, I'm in favor of things that make new strategies enticing.
  10. It's not that I disagree with you on this, it's that I think it's an unproven assumption that the current meta game is a problem for viewers. Maybe young folks believe strikeouts and home runs are exciting athletic performances, more exciting and impressive than the small ball tactics that most of us on this board would like to see. It'd probably be pretty interesting to dive into whatever market research stats MLB has on this stuff. I truly don't know what younger viewers really want. I don't even know what I want, beyond the Orioles being competitive again and winning a World Series. I'm not even sure I like baseball for baseball's sake, as much as I like that it connects me to my childhood.
  11. Correct me if I'm wrong, Drungo, but you grew up in the 70s/80s, no? I wonder if most people don't want baseball to be like it was when they were a kid. Not that you're wrong about that era. Then again, I became a fan in '87. That's what I meant about base stealing--incentivizing it such that (smart) teams decide to (drastically) increase the frequency of stolen base attempts. So, that means it has to be easier to steal bases/harder to throw out baserunners. Lots of potentially interesting ways of doing that! Imagine having three speedsters in your outfield, each stealing 90 bases and getting caught 4 times! EXCITEMENT.
  12. I actually erased a part of my post where I suggested expanding to 90 teams. But yes, I think we are on the same wavelength here.
  13. I feel like this is a pretty popular opinion. Then again, if the game was so much better back then, wouldn't doing things to make the game just like it was back then bring younger folks to the audience? When I think about that era, I think of a hand full of amazing players who would have been amazing in any era of MLB, but then a majority of players who would not have been even replacement-level players in today's game. If there could be a way to make it so that happened again, then pitchers could pitch at 50% to most of the lineup, and things would go back to the way they were. And maybe that really would be more exciting. When everyone is playing at such a high level, like in today's game, it forces teams to rely on analytics and strategies that may not be as fun to watch (or so goes the assumption).
  14. Great topic, great discussion. A few things occurred to me while reading this thread. There is an assumption that fans prefer the way the game used to be played (fewer strikeouts, etc). What evidence is there of this? Probably the most important thing is, what do younger fans prefer? I think we are all imagining that it’d be great to go back to the time where there were more strategic decisions to me made... and maybe that’s true that that would help, but it really seems just to be an assumption. You could argue that the current home run vs strikeout vs walk scenario creates a compelling dynamic for man fans. One thing I’m fascinated by is the idea of not allowing relief pitchers to throw warmup pitches once they reach the mound. Or, as Drungo suggested, implementing a 30 second substitution clock. Curious why the league doesn’t focus on this, but is kicking around ideas like limiting number of relievers/mandating numbers of batters faced. Another thought: would a rule change that made stealing bases significantly more attractive have the side effect of improving some of the problems people have with the game? It would incentivize strategy and athleticism, disincentivize walks. The question would be: how? Make the catchers sit one foot further back? Eliminate pickoff attempts?
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