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  1. This gets harder as the rebuild moves forward but . . . I root for prospects to hit and pitch really well and for filler bullpen guys and journeymen hitters to blow it so we lose and get better draft picks. It’s easy to swallow a loss if the guys that will matter later are playing well. As time moves on there will be less guys to not care about and so losing will mean guys that matter aren’t performing.
  2. Changes to the game to promote offense may take time to yield results. There is a generational gap forming that baseball needs to get ahead of. From what I have gathered younger people aren’t as into baseball as they once were. The pace of play and scoring are obstacles in our culture whether we like it or not. Balls in play equal action. Just my opinion
  3. Says the “already a baseball fan” fan. What about attracting younger kids with super short attention spans? More scoring wouldn’t hurt baseball. It’s obviously a point of focus given the juicing of baseballs. I’m in favor of it. I find it frustrating when a team brings in a specialist for one batter to end a promising rally.
  4. This is true and might be another reason to do it from baseball’s perspective. Baseball gets boring without runs. Pitching duels appeal to the hardcore but nothing gets fans screaming like a line drive double. By making the pitcher stay in the game you’ve increased the chance of a run scoring play in your scenario. This is good for baseball.
  5. You say this like it would negatively influence the choice. Lower OPS's will help ensure one more year of high draft picks which like it or not is likely a goal behind the scenes. I am hoping this is the last year we intentionally tank a season. I'd like to watch some baseball again at some point.
  6. I suspect the majority of discovered efficiencies will remain proprietary and would be non-story/boring to the general consumer much to the dismay of the OH obsessed like you and me.
  7. That bolded part is a quote that any employee of a large company undergoing sea changes has uttered or heard uttered. We as humans love normalcy and routine. We crave it and abhor change because its an unknown and creates fear. 7. No more human emotions getting in the way of making the right decisions. Ironically the most idolized manager we’ve ever had was famous for not giving a damn how people felt about what he knew was the right decision. Bill Belichick is Pretty famous for it too.
  8. I’d say the constant is a pursuit of efficiency; a byproduct of which is not spending until that spending can give the most bang for the buck. The Astros aren’t not spending. They spent when the time was right. Analytics is about efficiency too. How do we get the most out of practice? What type of practice will give the greatest reward for time put in; old normal routines be damned. It is all a whittling away at chaff. 1. No wasted movement in a swing or pitch. 2. No wasted movement in getting a fielder to where he is most likely to need to be when that batter hits. 3. No wasted time scouting without the most exact measures. 4. No wasted/extra $ on seasoned managers when a manager’s decisions can be boiled down to a formula No wasted spending on players giving less than premium runs/$. 5. No spending when those premium runs/$ won’t matter because the rest of the team isn’t ready. 6. No wasted service time when you can wait and bring all the prospects up at the same time and get more runs/$ together at the same time. I am sure there are many more efficiencies being explored. This is the age of The computer algorithm coming to roost in sports.
  9. You’re right. I wrote that while fantasizing about my follow up post where there wouldn’t be a force out at first. I can’t edit posts
  10. Maybe not. What is the average time to first base vs. the average time to get a passed ball/wild pitch and throw it to first? What would make it really fun is to not make it a force out at first base! Imagine a run down situation with other runners on base.
  11. This rule would certainly favor speedy, quick players quite a bit. It also makes pitchers think harder about throwing away pitches in the dirt with 2 strikes (which is probably the biggest reason MLB might want it). The electronic strike zone is a total no brainer as long as it works correctly.
  12. True, but the Royals and Tigers seem to be competing more on the losing front this year so we REALLY need to lose. Trading Cashner will help a lot in that regard but Chris Davis doesn’t hurt.
  13. Davis helps lock in the 1draft pick next year if nothing changes. If he does figure it out (Not likely) then you get a player return on your money. If they release him he does neither of thise two good things.
  14. Japan seems like the only league high enough in quality to make sense but I would imagine they have an agreement with MLB not to do that since we can’t pluck their amateurs either. 8mil is plenty of money so Adley will be fine but imagine what he would get as a free agent today.
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