Baseball Is Slow, But Not As Slow As MLB
MLB's Pace of Game Committee met and discovered something: baseball is a slow game to watch. They also reported that LA has bad traffic, the NFL is misogynistic, and Gerard Butler hasn't mad a good movie since "300." Toward that end, the Committee made a list of suggested rule changes, which they will pilot test during the Arizona Fall League (Note to MLB: Arizona Fall is an oxymoron; there's only summer, extra summer, not too hot, and rain).
Perhaps the proposed rule change with the biggest impact on the game was to eliminate the four-pitch walk in favor of a signal for the batter to be put on first base. That means an end to classic moments like this (Note: for baseball geeks like me, the quintessential fake intentional walk wasp that of Johnny Bench by Rollie Fingers in the 1972 World Series, but I'm not showing that one because as a Big Red Machine fan I still maintain the pitch was outside):
Also, from the time the reliever enters the field, he'll have 150 seconds to make his first pitch. And what's the penalty for taking too much time? The pitcher is charged with a ball, which would seem to extend the at-bat as well, right? Also, every pitcher would have 20 seconds to make each pitch, with the batter staying in the box the whole time. This would all be monitored by a pitch-clock.
The only thing I want from the MLB's experimental rule changes is for the Mariners to bring back the Bullpen Tugboat pic.twitter.com/p4BGL2fAJJ
— John Lauer (@3runhomers) October 2, 2014
Yes, it's commendable that MLB wants to move the game along, but the beauty of baseball is that it's played without a clock. That means the team behind always has a chance to stage a comeback, making it the most egalitarian game in sports. Don't screw with that. If we wanted baseball to be more like basketball, we'd watch basketball. So just let the game be the game.
Oh, and get rid of the DH.
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David Young has been a columnist for ESPN and Sports Illustrated, and is now one for SportsGrid.com. Follow him on Twitter @turkeysflying.
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