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  • The new rules

    Bigger bases
    No shift
    Clock.

    Our beloved timeless game now has a clock.

  • #2
    Faster gamesm more stolen bases, more base hits. Supposedly this is what fans want. With restrictions on shifts, hitters are going to be more inclined than ever to swing hard and try to pull the ball. More of those screaming liners are going to end up as hits. No reason to go the other way for the most part.
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    • #3
      For a fast game, there's the NHL.

      Baseball is all about lazy summer nights.......

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Dumpjerry View Post
        Bigger bases
        No shift
        Clock.

        Our beloved timeless game now has a clock.
        Back in the day games were 2 and half hours long, now every hitter is a human rain delay like Mike Hargrove, constantly stepping out of the box and adjusting batting gloves and whatever else. Minor league games this year were much shorter because of the clock.
        Now coming up to bat for the White Sox is the Mighty Mite, Nelson Fox.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by LITTLE NELL View Post

          Back in the day games were 2 and half hours long, now every hitter is a human rain delay like Mike Hargrove, constantly stepping out of the box and adjusting batting gloves and whatever else. Minor league games this year were much shorter because of the clock.
          Konerko had that down to a science. Between every pitch it seemed like he was stepping out of the Box and undoing and re-doing his batting glove and then undoing and re-doing it again and then a couple of swings and then stepping back in.....

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Dumpjerry View Post

            Konerko had that down to a science. Between every pitch it seemed like he was stepping out of the Box and undoing and re-doing his batting glove and then undoing and re-doing it again and then a couple of swings and then stepping back in.....
            Yeah but you didn't notice it as much with PK because most everyone was doing it, with Hargrove it was a different story.
            Now coming up to bat for the White Sox is the Mighty Mite, Nelson Fox.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Dumpjerry View Post

              Konerko had that down to a science. Between every pitch it seemed like he was stepping out of the Box and undoing and re-doing his batting glove and then undoing and re-doing it again and then a couple of swings and then stepping back in.....
              Nobody noticed Konerko doing it because in his era there were dozens of other guys doing it even more. It seemed the New York Yankees of that era mandated stepping out of the box a million times per at-bat just as strictly as they mandated a clean shave.
              "Hope...may be indulged in by those who have abundant resources...but those who stake their all upon the venture see it in its true colors only after they are ruined."
              -- Thucydides

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              • #8
                Originally posted by LITTLE NELL View Post

                Back in the day games were 2 and half hours long, now every hitter is a human rain delay like Mike Hargrove, constantly stepping out of the box and adjusting batting gloves and whatever else. Minor league games this year were much shorter because of the clock.
                Yeah the new rules changes will produce some odd splits in the fanbase I think. Not the usual traditionalist/modern lines. Sure, passing rules about where players are supposed to stand on defense and such is NOT a traditional function for MLB leadership, but on the other hand the rules changes are intended to get the game back to a more traditional style of play.

                Guys who can be either part of a hit-and-run just got more valuable, as did range-y middle infielders. Though of course so did slow one dimensional left handed sluggers.
                "Hope...may be indulged in by those who have abundant resources...but those who stake their all upon the venture see it in its true colors only after they are ruined."
                -- Thucydides

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                • #9
                  My friends and I would joke that we could go the bathroom and get a hot dog between pitches when Konerko was up without missing anything.

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                  • #10
                    Paulie and his gloves were something that I both looked forward to and dreaded. When he was going good he would adjust them just to get a quick break, but when he was scuffling, forget it. Every other pitch and 2 times at once. You could almost guage how locked in he was by how often he tweaked those gloves.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by voodoochile View Post
                      Paulie and his gloves were something that I both looked forward to and dreaded. When he was going good he would adjust them just to get a quick break, but when he was scuffling, forget it. Every other pitch and 2 times at once. You could almost guage how locked in he was by how often he tweaked those gloves.
                      Walnuts was tame compared to the Yankme Review for the Vogue Cover shots 1thru 9 in their line up. But you’re right, when he was on the primping was minimal and the moonshots plentiful and at the right damn time.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by BigKlu59 View Post

                        Walnuts was tame compared to the Yankme Review for the Vogue Cover shots 1thru 9 in their line up. But you’re right, when he was on the primping was minimal and the moonshots plentiful and at the right damn time.

                        Yankee/Red Sox games were measured by hours and minutes, but days and weeks. Joe West whined about how long those games took.

                        Then there was Joe Mauer with his mound visits that I know were between pitches, but they were so frequent sometimes it seemed like he was trotting to the Mound whlie the pitch was on its way to The Plate.

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                        • #13
                          I am fine with these rules; the beauty is that if it does not work out, then they can change them back (especially the clock rule). I have never been a fan of some of these players having (what feels like) a Passover Seder in between pitches.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by soxfanatlanta View Post
                            I am fine with these rules; the beauty is that if it does not work out, then they can change them back (especially the clock rule). I have never been a fan of some of these players having (what feels like) a Passover Seder in between pitches.
                            When you think about it, it's a shame that a clock had to be introduced to speed up the game but that's where we are at, too bad we don't have pitching staffs filled with a bunch of Mark Buerhle's.
                            Last edited by LITTLE NELL; 09-16-2022, 03:00 PM.
                            Now coming up to bat for the White Sox is the Mighty Mite, Nelson Fox.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by voodoochile View Post
                              Faster gamesm more stolen bases, more base hits. Supposedly this is what fans want. With restrictions on shifts, hitters are going to be more inclined than ever to swing hard and try to pull the ball. More of those screaming liners are going to end up as hits. No reason to go the other way for the most part.
                              So basically like it was for the first 100 years of the game? I think it will be more fun than watching what is being trotted out now.

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