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http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/14604349/reimagining-baseball-limit-visits-pitching-mound-two-per-nine-innings

Limit teams to two visits to the pitching mound per nine innings.

How it would work:

MLB 2.0: Reimagining baseball

Szymborski: Add robot umpires behind home plate

Stark: Ban the save and replace it with a new statistic

Marchand: Limit visits to the pitching mound

Strang: Mandatory dugout-to-dugout netting

A team could have only its manager, a coach or a player visit the mound a total of two times per nine innings.

When a manager wants to change pitchers, he would just move to the top dugout step and signal the pitching change to the umpire; it would not count as a visit.

If a game were to extend to extra innings, both teams would receive two additional mound visits for the next nine frames. If a game were to go to the 19th inning, teams would be given another two visits for the ensuing nine innings.

Teams would also be able to save their mound visits during a game. If a team doesn't use either of them in the first nine innings, they would start the 10th inning with four possible visits.

Visits from a player -- be it a catcher or a position player -- would not count if they last 15 seconds or less.

How would this affect the Orioles?

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I've often observed that Wieters visits the mound less than most other catchers. So, it might affect us less than most teams.

That said, I don't like the proposed rule much. There are many valid reasons to visit the mound, and I'd be against an artificial limitation.

I'd like to see limits on how many times you can change pitchers in an inning. The LOOGY union wouldn't like it much, though.

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I've often observed that Wieters visits the mound less than most other catchers. So, it might affect us less than most teams.

That said, I don't like the proposed rule much. There are many valid reasons to visit the mound, and I'd be against an artificial limitation.

I'd like to see limits on how many times you can change pitchers in an inning. The LOOGY union wouldn't like it much, though.

I could go for this; save for injuries.

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That is one of my complaints about MW. It seems that he should visit a bit more, slow the game down a bit when a pitcher is having some troubles. In particular, when the O's had Arrieta, he'd go 0-2 on a batter then walk him on 4 pitches...and then still would not go to the mound. Caleb, on the other hand, seems to be more active in that capacity. Visits to the mound are not the problem IMO. Late inning pitching match ups...pitchers maybe should maybe have to face more than one batter...Don't know, also the commercial breaks, between innings. I am almost to the point of acceptance of doing away with the home plate umpire, whatever system they can use. Review runs scored by an umpire, in a booth with replays...no appeals, he sees it, he calls it.

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I've often observed that Wieters visits the mound less than most other catchers. So, it might affect us less than most teams.

That said, I don't like the proposed rule much. There are many valid reasons to visit the mound, and I'd be against an artificial limitation.

I'd like to see limits on how many times you can change pitchers in an inning. The LOOGY union wouldn't like it much, though.

Like giving the guy in the bullpen another couple minutes to warm up.

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