Posted at 10:08 AM on July 26, 2005
by Ben Tesch
Previously we talked about instant replay and other rules we might like to see added to the game, but what about the dumb rules that exist already? Patrick Hruby lays out the dumb rules for every sport, which includes the following specific to baseball:
Really, why should a meatball artist get a near-mulligan because he can't get the likes of Barry Bonds out?
As for umpires interpreting and defining the intent of a pitch? Yeah, right. Umps have a hard enough time calling a consistent strike zone. Now they're supposed to read minds?
Beanball wars might amount to frontier justice. But at least they're just.
Just think: Alex Rodriguez's first-base purse slap would have been legal. Better yet, Bronson Arroyo could have slapped him back. Or worse. Everyone wins!
i think the umps are to coddled and would love if there could be heated protests. bring it!
Arguments with umpires are only fun if they're rare and especially colorful. Even the colorful arguments get a bit tired if you see a guy put on his "showtime" act every couple weeks. I don't need an extra 20 minutes tacked on to every game because players have license to debate and protest every pitch they think is out of--or in--the strike zone.
I wouldn't mind tinkering with the intentional walk rule, and I'd like to see managers regular clothes--although most of them would probably just put on a warm-up suit, anyway.
I'd also like to see a rule to limit pitching changes within an inning, and another to limit the number of times the pitcher can throw over to a base, too.
Wow, I heartily disagree with all of this.
Who's going to decide which walk is intentional? We already see players who are walked intentionally de facto - who in situations don't see hittable pitches.
One of my biggest pet peeves is watching multimillionaires whine about pitch 8 inches out of the strike zone. They don't argue when they hit the same pitch for a home run. Move the game along, save pitchers' arms, make 'em swing.
No one should intentionally throw a ball 90 miles an hour near someone's head, sorry.
The on-deck circle is cool. I can remember being a kid watching players put on their pine tar and weights more than I watched the game.
This is probably a throwback to the days when player managers were common, but so what? I can't stand watching basketball coaches in their Armani suits and slicked hairdos. Pat Riley should be required to wear shorts and sneakers.
Full contact on the basepaths? Maybe baseball players should wear shoulder pads and football helmets. I don't get it. I go to games to watch batting, fielding and base-running. We have plenty of violent sports in America.
arguing the pitch isn't going to make the game any longer if you do something to speed up the game in other way. i.e. making the pitchers actually throw the ball in a timely manner. instead of holding hte runner on base with 5 tosses over to 1st. furthermore, when there's a bad call the pitcher never just gets up and fires the next pitch in. so your point is very weak at best. and if you didn't allow unlimited pitching changes in innings 6 thru 9 then maybe the end of the game would take 3 times as long as first 2/3rds. the middle relief shuffle has killed the pace of the game in the past decade and that's why it's turning into the nba. where only the last 3 innings matter and that's bad for baseball.