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Sucks about Jose Ram. I preferred my NP team to BTL, and my other 2 contending teams before this injury. Hope its nothing serious.
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Fairly trite (banal or commonplace) opinion though ; ). I think their baseball team might not be too bad iirc
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Yes come join the madness lol. $10 entry
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pretty sure that the only thing different to the past is more cctv, phones with cameras and tmz etc.
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So much
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HUNT OTB with 8 game suspension in TMW
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MLB's Attempt to Shorten America's Game
#1
The powers that be in Major League Baseball are currently banging their collective heads against a collective wall, in an attempt at finding ways to put a clock on the only professional sport on the planet, that has no clocks.

They've talked about putting a clock on the pitchers to measure the times between pitches; they've talked about putting a clock on hitters to limit the time a batter has between pitches, and as we've all witnessed, they are experimenting with limiting mound-visits by each team per game. 

Of course, that's if they can agree on what exactly constitutes a mound-visit and what can or can't happen during one, and I'm sure, eventually, those would be timed as well. 

Why is Major League Baseball suddenly so focused on the length of baseball games? Money. Television money, to be specific. Programming schedules, TV formats, ad campaigns, lot's and lot's of advertising revenue is at stake. 

Television executives don't like things that don't fit into their neat, little, boxes. Baseball doesn't fit any boxes. And that's one of the many reasons baseball purists, like myself, have no use for their little boxes or their attempts to make our game conform to any clocks, let alone a clock belonging to a television executive.

Shortening the game wouldn't make it a better product for anyone other than the television executives and ad-campaign people. 

If they know the exact length of a given mound-visit, they can design commercials to fit that "time-slot". But does that make the quality of my baseball game better? 

Not one bit.

I feel like there is an aggressive movement, an ad-campaign if you will, by the television networks, to create a problem where none previously existed, in relation to how long baseball games should or shouldn't take. 

I just don't recall ever hearing anyone who loves the game of baseball, complaining that games take too long...only television people who work for networks with their own agendas, which only seems to include finding ways to make more money, and has nothing to do with game quality, or competition, or the long, storied tradition of the game that has never had, or needed clocks, in any way, shape or form. 

My suggestion for the television executives who are pushing for this agenda to speed the game up, would be to cut back on the length and proliferation, of television commercial-breaks in the action. 

And let's put a timer on television commercials between the real action! How about that for starters! Do they really believe no one is paying attention to how many commercial breaks are forced breaks in the action due to commercials?

Ever go to an NFL or NBA game to find yourself wondering why it's taking so long for the game to get re-started, only to realize the game is being delayed for yet another television-commercial break in the action? 

Television has already influenced the game way more than enough. If anything, television money is responsible, more than any other influence, for the time major league baseball games have lengthened, which in reality is no more than 10 minutes in 25 years.

I find it ironic and aggravating, that the main entity responsible for the lengthening of games (the television networks and all of their commercial television breaks per game) are the ones complaining about the length of games!

Put a clock and a limit on television commercials during the course of nine innings and the problem is solved! 

Baseball is the only game without a time-clock, it's also the only game without team "time outs". Mound visits are basically, "defacto" time-outs within the baseball game, and the only way a manager has of slowing the game down, when he feels it's needed. Mound-visits are some of the most interesting times in a game. 

And if the network knuckleheads want to figure some convoluted way to involve time-clocks in America's Game, let's institute limits on commercial interruptions during baseball games! Seems to me like the most obvious place to to begin. 

All discussions and feedback appreciated.

#2
Someone should make a poll - you wrote a lot there and I'm trying to sort through it. My guess is you are not if favor of MLB's proposal (To shorten) that seems like it was ratified?
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#3
(03-19-2018, 03:54 AM)WilliamX Wrote: Someone should make a poll - you wrote a lot there and I'm trying to sort through it. My guess is you are not if favor of MLB's proposal (To shorten) that seems like it was ratified?

I am absolutely not in favor of any time-clock associated with this sport in any way, shape or form.

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I'll tell you what though...they make for great ump and pitcher heckling at the minor league parks! We have loved counting down from five and then jumping all over the ump and pitcher when it hits zero and nothing happens lol

#5
I can't imagine what purpose that would serve? What is the penalty supposed to be for a pitcher taking too long? And then on the other-hand, do the batters also have the same clock?

#6
I do think a shot-clock in Basketball is well-suited. Same with Game-Clock. Come to think of it there are a lot of Time-based rules heh (Seconds you can stand in certain zones etc.).

I really Really do not like the whole "Player on 2nd base automatically" in extra innings rule in MLB as well. Even worse than the clock and innings limit to me.
BTL - Phillies
All other leagues - Dodgers
(MLBLive'18 champs)

#7
(04-11-2018, 04:52 AM)WilliamX Wrote: I do think a shot-clock in Basketball is well-suited. Same with Game-Clock. Come to think of it there are a lot of Time-based rules heh (Seconds you can stand in certain zones etc.).

I really Really do not like the whole "Player on 2nd base automatically" in extra innings rule in MLB as well. Even worse than the clock and innings limit to me.

I hate that idea, too. I can't even imagine how putting a player at 2nd-base would work. I think it's a jack-ass idea myself.






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