Re: just 1 question
posted at 10/8/2013 10:11 PM EDT
In response to greenwellforpresident's comment:
In response to pinstripezac35's comment:
does buchholz get paid by the hour
not good for the game
I could feel casual fans changing the channel
1st let me say while buchholz is one of the worse,
CC / yanks can be just as bad
the real question is
do we agree with
' As American life moves faster and faster, baseball must cater to its potential fans and speed up in turn.'
or just keep the flow of the game natural
was joe west right
when he called a 2010 series of Yankees-Red Sox games "a disgrace to baseball" after they each lasted in the ballpark of four hours.
Hampton Stevens of The Atlantic not only strongly agreed with West, but he pointed out that the league has the measures to fix this problem already on the books.
MLB Rule 8.04 sets a 12-second time limit between pitches when the bases are empty, with a penalty of a ball being called whenever a pitcher exceeds the limit. He goes on to say that the actual average time between pitches is 27 seconds.
truth is I'm not sure if we should care about the casual fan
but something inside me says we should
if we do IMO this is a huge way to improve the flow of the game
not the length but the flow
then again since I was a kid we've heard about how slow BB is
and it's still here doing fine
next up is
taking on the batters who take a lot longer stepping out of the box after each pitch
to do the old tighten the gloves and everything else routine.
Buchholz pace was painful without a doubt. Unfortunately the rule you point out doesn't adress the problem last night, which was Clay's pace when there were runners on base and there were runners on base basically the whole game.
It's a real issue....a microcosm of the modern, effective-but-passionless obsession with "success" and "efficiency" at the cost of excitement. The Yanks and the Sox are equally guilty of it.
Hand-on-heart, I can live with it the way it is but I believe it's putting off casual fans and, worse, young athletes due to the slow pace. Not a great long-term strategy.
I'm not aware of Rule 8.04....enforce it! A simple rule addition would be to not let a batter step out of the box between pitches unless there is a physical issue.
No real baseball fan wants to NFL-ise the game, but these are simple enforcements/changes that change nothing but the pace.