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I personally prefer the lower scoring games to the 10-8 ones. If I want to see high scoring games I'll go to a beer game or slow pitch tournament. I like games with doubles, triples and hitting them where they ain't (beat the shift). If I were the commish I'd make all parks have a design where triples were likely. I don't like the automatic strike on 3-0 (I think it has improved lately) or the automatic ball on 0-2 counts (that hasn't improved as much IMO). I don't like the one batter relief specialist. I don't believe the pitcher is the only one to slow the game. The batter stepping out, readjusting his glove every pitch. I hate the replay review allowing the manager fake an argument until the replay is shown.

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Of course they could do that. Going back to the early 80's would players like Jim Dwyer and Benny Ayala be in the majors right now? I don't have any great answers. If you keep too many pitchers they won't get enough work to be effective.

They would get plenty of work coming in for the 4th and 5th innings. I think we're probably working toward starting pitchers going through the lineup once before the parade of hard-throwing bullpen arms comes in. Larger rosters would speed that trend.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Statement from <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Dbacks?src=hash">#Dbacks</a> President and CEO Derrick Hall: <a href="https://t.co/r6g0FoBGrA">pic.twitter.com/r6g0FoBGrA</a></p>— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) <a href="
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The Diamondbacks say they could leave Phoenix if their stadium isn’t improved <a href="https://t.co/EaC96Va6MD">https://t.co/EaC96Va6MD</a> <a href="https://t.co/fnKTlCZjYd">pic.twitter.com/fnKTlCZjYd</a></p>— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) <a href="

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