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    MLB and Union talk major rule changes

    They play every night? Until they do, this is no comparison.
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    Hyde puts his own stamp on spring training

    I think most parks play "Take Me Out To The Ball Game" during the 7th inning stretch.
  3. Swimming pools. Movie stars.
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    Cartoon Bird now official Logo

    Opening Day in Toronto.
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    How good can the 2019 Orioles be?

    Ummm, sorry, but not really. 😁
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    What happened to Jesus Sucre?

    How hard can it be? I get letters in the mail all the time telling me I'm pre-qualified for a visa. 😁
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    Caleb is a Diamondback

    Per MLBTR, it isn't a straight major league deal. $1.1 million if in the majors, $250K if in the minors. https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2019/02/diamondbacks-sign-caleb-joseph.html
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    Roch: Caleb will not be back, "guaranteed"

    MLBTR has it as a split Minor/Major League deal. https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2019/02/diamondbacks-sign-caleb-joseph.html
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    Reds DFA Jose Lopez

    Claimed by the Giants. https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2019/02/giants-claim-jose-lopez-reds-waivers-josh-osich-dfa.html
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    Roch: Caleb will not be back, "guaranteed"

    0.00 catchers ERA. 😁
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    Rich Dubroff: Joe Angel not returning.

    You had half a floor? You lucky stiff.
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    Happy birthday to our Weams

    Many happy returns of the day!
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    MLB and Union talk major rule changes

    That's why I suggested a AAA league, as there are too many pitchers lacking command and control at lower levels. It would net a false read on what would happen at the major league level, IMO. AAA still wouldn't give us the results that would occur in MLB, IMO, but it would give us a better indication.
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    MLB and Union talk major rule changes

    If this is true, and pitchers prefer to walk hitters rather than throw strikes, then no rules changes will help at all and we are locked in to what we've got.
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    MLB and Union talk major rule changes

    Perhaps I am overestimating MLB pitchers' ability to command pitches, but I truly believe that if three balls resulted in a base on balls, pitchers would throw more pitches over the plate, and that many pitches thrown out of the zone today are done so purposely. I'm pretty sure that a good amount of three-ball counts we see today would not actually result in three-ball walks, as I think pitchers would throw less pitches intentionally out of the zone. Walks may go up marginally, but not really all that much, IMO. I also believe that with more pitches thrown over the plate that MLB hitters would put more balls in play. Or maybe I'm overestimating MLB hitters' ability to make contact with pitches in the strike zone. I think we'd see more balls in play, noticeably so, as well as a sizable reduction in average game time. That's why I'd like to see it tried out for a season in a AAA league first to see if my wild idea just might work. If it works in AAA, it should work even better with the highest skilled players on the planet. EDIT* Sorry for double post, my screen went blank and I thought I lost the first post, as I hadn't yet hit submit. I didn't realize the fist post went thru, so I retyped it. Oops.
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    MLB and Union talk major rule changes

    Perhaps I overestimate MLB pitchers' ability to command pitches. I truly believe that if three balls resulted in a base on balls that MLB pitchers would throw more pitches over the plate and that currently many pitches thrown off the plate are done so purposely. I certainly don't think that every three-ball count we see today would result in a three-ball walk with such a rules change, as pitchers would make fewer pitches intentionally out of the strike zone, IMO. With more pitches thrown over the plate, MLB hitters would put more balls in play, IMO. Or maybe I'm overestimating MLB hitters' ability to make contact with a good pitch. As I said, I'd like to see it tried out in a AAA league first to see if just maybe it might work out the way I think it might.
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    Frank Robinson has passed

    Tastes great.
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    Zach Britton is changing his name!

    Does Manfred's contract include a bonus for every change implemented under his reign? 😁
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    Frank Robinson has passed

    You have class, sir.
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    MLB and Union talk major rule changes

    No, we are accounting for the steroids era and eliminating 1800's baseball. Drungo knows this. I've supported my comments and stand by them. There is no reason to continually make inappropriate comparisons. Lack of offense is not a game-threatening issue at this time and to complain about lack of offense while also complaining about the length of games is self-contradictive, IMO. I'm not totally opposed to the idea of ever changing the rules. I just think that MLB needs to think it trough before making knee-jerk changes, as well as limiting the number of changes. Making numerous massive changes - some to increase offense and some to shorten game time - gives us a convoluted situation where we can't really assess what the heck is going on. Heck, one major change I'd like to see them look at would be to reduce the number of balls for a base on balls to three. I think that one move would accomplish everything folks are trying to do much more assuredly and quickly. I think MLB pitchers would then throw more strikes, thereby reducing strikeouts, as well as speed up the game. Yes, more pitches over the plate would reduce strikeouts, IMO. But it is just a theory and MLB should study it first. Maybe try it in a AAA league, where pitchers aren't quite as wild as the lower levels, for a season and see what happens.
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    Frank Robinson has passed

    Thanks for the joy you brought, Frank. RIP
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    MLB and Union talk major rule changes

    Oh come on, FRobby, 9 home runs is pretty exciting.
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    MLB and Union talk major rule changes

    You have the habit of putting words in people's mouths. There is a huge difference between being fine with a downturn and pushing the panic button to the point of changing the top selling product in the industry. There are actions that can be taken other than massively changing the product. Study marketing, delivery, and sales methods for possible improvements and creation of possible side or supporting products before meaningfully changing the main product. Those of you advocating massive rules changes continue to pretend that those of us urging more caution are saying never change anything. We aren't. We are saying make sure there is a thorough assessment prior to taking drastic action.
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    MLB and Union talk major rule changes

    You had to reach to find three seasons in all of the non-steroid years since each league had 8 teams that produced more offense than 2018. It is pretense to suggest that offense is not historically high.
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