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    The only thing I would change is forcing batters to stay in the box. I get tired of watching them step out and adjust their gloves, etc. Just stop already.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CoachChaz View Post
    Because baseball is and always has been a marathon. The teams that are able to sustain that marathon and win a playoff spot on the last day of the season would probably argue against a shorter season.

    Plus, it would be a hard transition at this point because so many players have performance clauses in their contracts. With a shorter season, those metrics would be harder to reach and existing contracts would have to be re-written.
    Contacts being rewritten isn't my problem as a fan. They could figure all that stuff out. I don't think it would be that hard. Say they shorten the season by 10%. All the incentive benchmarks get shortened by 10% as well. Doesn't seem too difficult.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MOtorboat View Post
    That would slow the game down. More walks.
    It would give more action, though. More offense. Boom! Boom!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BroncoWave View Post
    Contacts being rewritten isn't my problem as a fan. They could figure all that stuff out. I don't think it would be that hard. Say they shorten the season by 10%. All the incentive benchmarks get shortened by 10% as well. Doesn't seem too difficult.
    But your argument was that scaling back the season, if it’s 10 percent that’s 16 games to 148.

    Does that really fix the problem you spoke to? Does game 45 of 148 have any more viewership attraction than game 52 of 162?

    That doesn’t check out to me as a fix to the problem you have. I don’t have an answer to that question, except to say baseball isn’t pairing down their season to 82 games to put it on par with NBA. That’s just not happening.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MOtorboat View Post
    Why any of this, though? I donít want a compromise on this. Itís dumb.
    It alleviates the problem someone getting shabizzled while also stopping the infinite breaks and teams from proverbially shortening the game, not in duration, but in innings. It's like you have all these specialized pitchers and you just take the offense out of it. Baseball needs more offense, not less.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MOtorboat View Post
    I don’t know how baseball fixes this. Even going back to 154 games, ala the 1900s-1960s, doesn’t fix that feeling for a casual fan.
    I'd cut it by 1/3. 4 month regular season as opposed to 6, ala the NFL. I realize that will likely never happen, but that's what I would do. Fwiw I think the NBA should be the same. I think it would be great for each major sports league to kinda have their own exclusive hold on a part of the calendar. Give the NBA January-April, with playoffs in May (they need to shorten the shit out of their playoffs), baseball gets May-August with playoffs in September, then football gets September-December with playoffs in January. This is obviously a lot of pie in the sky stuff that would never happen, but I just don't think a sports regular season needs to last more than 4 months and playoffs shouldn't be more than a month. Tighten these things up and make the individual games mean more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by King87 View Post
    It alleviates the problem someone getting shabizzled while also stopping the infinite breaks and teams from proverbially shortening the game, not in duration, but in innings. It's like you have all these specialized pitchers and you just take the offense out of it. Baseball needs more offense, not less.
    The league set a record for home runs in a season in 2017. Offense isn’t down.
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    The worst is watching a pitcher throw a 'pick off' as they stall and stall and stall.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MOtorboat View Post
    The league set a record for home runs in a season in 2017. Offense isn’t down.
    There's more to offense than just homers - and there were issues with juiced balls, too. Honestly we should just bring steroids back into the game.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BroncoWave View Post
    I'd cut it by 1/3. 4 month regular season as opposed to 6, ala the NFL. I realize that will likely never happen, but that's what I would do. Fwiw I think the NBA should be the same. I think it would be great for each major sports league to kinda have their own exclusive hold on a part of the calendar. Give the NBA January-April, with playoffs in May (they need to shorten the shit out of their playoffs), baseball gets May-August with playoffs in September, then football gets September-December with playoffs in January. This is obviously a lot of pie in the sky stuff that would never happen, but I just don't think a sports regular season needs to last more than 4 months and playoffs shouldn't be more than a month. Tighten these things up and make the individual games mean more.
    Yeah, the NBA season is ridiculous. I only bother to watch the playoffs. Any team that's any good makes the playoffs. If they can't make the playoffs (*cough*Lakers*cough*) why should I care about them?
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    Quote Originally Posted by slim View Post
    The only thing I would change is forcing batters to stay in the box. I get tired of watching them step out and adjust their gloves, etc. Just stop already.
    It adds to the anticipation. Like foreplay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by King87 View Post
    There's more to offense than just homers - and there were issues with juiced balls, too. Honestly we should just bring steroids back into the game.

    Yeah. Honestly, I'd rather see less homers and more balls in play. #nohomo
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    Default MLB tweaks some rules now, more coming in '20

    A single trade deadline, an All-Star Game election day and a million-dollar bonus for the Home Run Derby winner will be implemented in 2019 -- and a three-batter minimum for pitchers and roster expansion will happen in 2020 -- as part of a deal between Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association.

    Spurred by labor relations discord amid a second consecutive free-agent market that has left players disappointed, the mid-collective-bargaining-agreement negotiations represent a step forward between two sides that had squabbled privately and publicly.

    Perhaps the most important part of the deal isn't the elimination of August trades, the tweaking of All-Star Game starter selections, the incentives for stars to participate in the derby, the elimination of one-out relievers or the addition of a 26th player next year. It's the provision that the sides will begin discussing labor issues imminently, far earlier than they typically would with a CBA that doesn't expire until December 2021.
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    It adds to the anticipation. Like foreplay.
    I don't like foreplay either!!
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