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13 hours ago, Philip said:

I think your comment was intended to be sarcastic, but I actually agree with it. What is more interesting? Watching a bunch of people stand around while the ball flies 400 feet? Or watching the intricate never seen before never see again choreography of an attempted double play?
Homeruns are boring if you see seven or eight of them every game? And as I say constantly, highlights of homeruns are the most boring highlights in all of professional sports.

I was being sarcastic, but it's true that the early players and executives imagined baseball as a game between fielders and batters.  Pitchers were very limited in their deliveries, underhanded like cricket of the day, stiff wrist/no snap, again like cricket.  Batters could call for a high or low pitch.  It didn't occur to them until 20 or more years in that the pitcher would intentionally not throw the ball where the batter could hit it, so they needed to invent balls and strikes.  Of course from very early on their were pitchers who skirted the rules (notably Jim Creighton) and got extra speed and break on the ball.

It's true that nobody from the early days would have imagined a game of mostly strikeouts, walks, and homers.  "Scientific baseball" was a thing prior to Ruth, with the refined and intelligent ballplayer excelling in strategy and fielding and bunting and hitting-and-running.  Lots of players, fans, and writers hated the changes of the 1920s, saying that any old brute could hit a ball 400', it took brains to win the deadball game.  Those people clearly lost the argument.

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I think this perhaps fits in this thread.  Is anyone here playing Blaseball?



With no advertising and no real graphics to speak of, the free, Web-browser-based “Blaseball” has become so popular that its creators, L.A.-based game studio the Game Band, had to hit the pause button and figure out a way to regroup (just under 1,500 donors support the game on crowd-funding site Patreon). It also gives those who aren’t playing a chance to partake in “Blaseball’s” fourth season, which began today. Each season lasts only a week and builds upon the rule changes of the previous one, meaning the underlying narrative of the “Blaseball” of today looks very different than the “Blaseball” of July, when it began.


While this work clearly comes from pandemic-challenged imaginations, its idea was seeded in a prior baseball season during a playoff game at Dodger Stadium, when two anchors of the Game Band asked themselves what would happen if baseball could break free from its “chains of tradition and history.”


But we sat there the whole time and riffed on the rules of baseball, and how it could be different. It’s a game that’s been set in its current set of rules — and its unwritten rules — and has so much difficulty changing. It’s natural to think about how it could work differently or people could affect it. We were throwing out weird rules. ‘What if players had buckets of water on their head?’ They can dive for a ball, but then water splashes out and breaks the game.”


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