It's game-altering on purpose (I'd say strategy altering) but I think most people are shrugging their shoulders and saying, "Really? This is going to decrease the amount of time a game is played?"
All I think it'll do is delay the amount of time a manager has to make a pitching change. They'll still make that pitching change, just two batters later after they get the first out they're bringing their guy in for. I can see them getting a tough out, then giving up a couple hits or a walk and a hit...and that manager is just chomping at the bit to get that guy off the mound because all he REALLY wanted this pitcher to do is to get the first guy and hope for the best for the other two following batters.
And since he DIDN'T get those other two batters we're going to have to have another pitching change which should have taken place 5 minutes ago, but oh no, we've got this dumbass rule where he's GOTTA BE ON THE MOUND FOR AT LEAST THREE BATTERS because that's what makes the game go so long these days. Thank goodness we've got that figured out.
We'll see. As Glenn Davis said above, I think he also doesn't project for a ton of power, so his offensive upside is somewhat limited and he's more of a known entity so there's fewer googly eyes when people speak, lol.
It's game-altering on purpose. Which is different from the game-altering that they choose to not do anything about, which happens constantly, all the time. This must be why people are up in arms about this: it's baseball proactively trying to fix something instead of just rebranding problems as features.
Yes, it's a game-altering precedent unlike anything we've seen in recent memory because baseball refuses to ever change any rules for any reason, even if there is a clear and obvious problem that needs fixing. The closest we get is weaselly clarifications, like "when we said the shoulders were the top of the zone, we really meant the numbers, and we're going to tell the umps to just call it the belt. Everyone knew that, right?"
Because he would be pitching 1/2 of his games there and opposing pitchers would not be an exact wash as to Bundy. Sometime ago I posted he might show better in a NL park and that is what I still think. He has had his tour of duty with the TJ team.and do not know for sure, but a hunch says he is ready to have a better second half career than first half in the right park with the right defensive team. . Again, cannot prove it, just an educated guess.
I don't understand why you couldn't have one minute of commercials that cost $5000 instead of two minutes of commercials that cost $5000. Supply goes down, more advertisers are competing for limited spots, price goes up. Overall revenues are the same. But I'm just an engineer, not a business major, so I could be wrong.