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  1. I don't really see how this is going to shorten games and it may actually make them longer due to more offense and scoring. I could see an increase in injuries to pitchers as it seems inevitable that they will all have to throw more pitches/innings than they are accustomed to. When you see a pitcher just doesn't have it that day, there's now no recourse except to fake an injury. Otherwise, the manager must sit back helplessly and watch that pitcher set the field on fire and potentially give away the game. I don't imagine this will go over well. The fact that this is being done to shorten games is laughable IMO. I find it highly unlikely that this will have that effect. I find it far more likely it will make games longer, but even if it does, the change will be marginal. At least make changes that are likely to achieve the goal you set out to achieve. This feels like wild flailing in the dark to me which is par for the course with Mad Fred. (Also not a typo)
  2. It's a valid criticism, but the thing is Hinch did not immediately signal to the bullpen when he came out to the mound. He talked with Greinke for a few seconds, Greinke nodded and it was only at that point did Hinch make the call to the bullpen. So, the change seemed to be, in part, the result of whatever discussion took place between Hinch and Greinke. Maybe those details will come out eventually, but it certainly proved to be the case that Greinke was the only thing holding the Nationals down. Once he was out, Washington just took over the game.
  3. I would also add that we've seen plays just like that overturned on a regular basis in the regular season. Runner slides into the base, foot pops up off the base and is tagged before he can re-initiate contact with the bag. Called safe, but overturned on replay. Same play we've seen overturned time and time again and it should have been again.
  4. There absolutely was irrefutable evidence. Maybe we weren't looking at the same four HD, high speed camera views. His foot hit the bag, came up off the bag completely and was tagged before the trailing leg hit the bag. They didn't overturn the obvious bad call on the interference play either which there was also clear, irrefutable evidence to overturn. No way that was interference. I don't think they wanted to overturn anything considering how bad the umpiring was in general in this series. These were two terrible calls. He could have.. but we don't know what the situation was (if any) with Cole. Maybe we will in the coming days. It doesn't seem like using him was ever in the plans, but the bottom line is the Astros bullpen didn't get the job done. Oh well.. the Nationals deserved it IMO.
  5. Wow, they did it. Peter must be thrilled. Not a huge Nats fan or anything, but glad they won.
  6. In Hinch's defense, he did not immediately make the call to the bullpen when he went out to Greinke. They had a little exchange, Greinke nodded his head and then Hinch made the point to the pen while standing on the mound with him, so it looked to me like Greinke was ok with the move. However, that was one of those situations where the only thing holding the Nats offense back was Greinke and pulling him for anyone would be a bad move. Sometimes, you don't have a choice though.
  7. Nah, it would have been the right call. It looked pretty clear to me that the tag was applied when his foot popped off the bag and before the trailing leg hit the bag. He clearly lost contact with the base with the tag applied. Several different angles of HD, slow motion footage. It looked pretty clear to me. The interference call was just embarrassing. Replay is pointless if they still get the call wrong. It happens way too often even in April.
  8. They wouldn't help the interference or the tag at third base that should have been overturned to an out to end that inning when Scherzer was still out there. They will call it a strike if you bounce one in the dirt and it happens to pass through the strike zone on the way to the plate, though. That'll be fun.
  9. I don't complain about the umpires very much, but the umpiring in this series has been atrocious both behind the plate and in the replay booth. Both calls these last two games should have been overturned in replay. Just terrible umpiring all around in this series. That last called strike three was nowhere close and the umpire's face was right there. Just embarrassing.
  10. What's also interesting about that is apparently, the baseballs being used in the postseason are not the same ones that were used in the regular season. This is just ridiculous. You're changing baseballs for the postseason? Changing baseballs every year? It's really going to screw with player statistics AND analytics because who can tell what's the player's doing and what's the ball's doing. Pick one and stick with it. This by itself is doing harm to the game. Changing the ball has to stop and I don't really care where it stops. There has to be consistency with this whether it's the ball from 2019, 1999 or whatever.
  11. The composition was never changed at all. The ball is just rounder with less drag, but AFAIK, nothing was changed composition wise. As far as the electronic zone, I tend to agree that it's unlikely to be in the majors in the next few years. Then again, we're talking about Manfred here... anything is possible.
  12. That's exactly my take. My questions would be: What currently existing problem in MLB is being addressed by this official rule? If none, what is the purpose of it's creation? Why is the immediate consequence of significantly lowering your chance to win a winnable game not sufficient enough to deter teams from using position players outside of these parameters? I don't get it.. and I don't expect this will be the last time one of Manfred's silly rules will incite similar (or worse) responses. I am still not convinced he is doing anything except taking wild swings in the dark in his approach to this.
  13. This seems unnecessary and redundant. Do teams use position players as pitchers in any situation outside of the ones listed? Teams only put the center fielder in to pitch when the game is a blowout or they run out of pitchers in extras. What is the point of this rule and how are these "severe limits" in any way? It doesn't seem like this would change anything at all.
  14. Fair enough. Based on Luke's breakdown there, it doesn't seem like he ever gave them much of a chance though. Well, he did the slider, but it was never good enough mostly due to the movement and command being inconsistent at best. Always hung it.
  15. Did he? I thought he was a fastball/splitter guy? If he throws both, then why is he regarded as a two-pitch pitcher? That would be three pitches if he threw both. I don't recall seeing more than one type of change up from him. Only that splitter that broke down and away from lefties.
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