Re: No pitch clock! But what else?
posted at 9/4/2011 3:22 PM EDT
In Response to No pitch clock! But what else?
Many people are lamenting the length of games today, but I am firmly opposed to any introduction of a clock into baseball. It would change the character of the game forever. Of course this begs the question: What else could we do? I'd love to hear some "outside the box" ideas that could be tweaked or modified to accomplish this without a clock, so I'll throw out a couple and volunteer to be stoned in the process. Batters today most foul away a lot of pitches that they'd really rather not swing at but MUST swing away for fear of being called out looking. I partially blame the umpires for this because the strike zone is so irregular. So one possible idea is this: After two strikes, have a modified strike zone that is clearly smaller in some way. The understanding might be that NO PART of the ball must pass outside the plate. The up-down parts of the zone would also be tighter. The offset would be foul-tips on third strikes would be just like bunt attempts. You put it in play or you're out. This would dramatically reduce the number of pitches in a game, and require greater control on the part of pitchers, who might reasonably be expected to have it as a result of throwing many fewer pitches. The offensive flip side is that you might have an offsetting increase in walks as batters might bet that the pitcher couldn't hit the smaller strike zone. And alternatively, given better pitches to hit on third strikes, you might expect to see more balls in play generating offense. This is an example of an "outside the box" fix that would speed up the game without resorting to a clock. I'm sure there are many better no-clock ideas out there, so don't hesitate to throw stones at mine, as long as you have something else to offer.
Posted by lasitter
If you really wanna speed the game up make three balls a walk and two strikes a strikeout, three consecutive fouls and the batter is out.
1. No players over 240 lbs allowed to run the bases as it slows the game down.
2. Pitchers are no longer allowed to throw over to first to hold the runner at first.
2a. Catchers are not allowed to throw to second on a steal attempt.
3. No reviews of any sort are allowed.
4. The pitcher is no longer required to use a wind up as it makes sure the ball will get to the plate faster.
5. The manager and pitching coach are not allowed to walk to the mound to confer with the pitcher. They each wear a headset and after one conference, not two the pitcher is automatically removed. The pitcher coming in from the bullpen is required to sprint in at full speed and is not allowed any warm up pitches.
6. Fans are not allowed to do the waive as it might catch the players attention and slow the game down.
7. Once in the batters box the batter is not allowed to call time. If he does, he's ejected and an out is recorded.
8. Only two outs per inning.
9. No injury time outs. Carry the poor injured sucker off the field and roll in the replacement player ASAP.
10. Limit the game to six innings like Little League games.
11. After an out the infielders can longer throw the ball around the infield.It must go back to the pitcher ASAP or a delay of game is called resulting in an automatic out.
12. Similar to Little League games a two run lead by either team after 5 innings results in a win for the team with the lead.
13. An ejection by a coach or manager automatically forfiets the game (this may be going to far).
14. Any player slower than 5.0 second between any base is required to have a pinch runner.
15. The pitcher is only allowed 4.5 seconds to pitch once the ball is back in his mitts. Any slower and he's ejected in favor of a pitching machine.
16. Knuckleballers are outlawed, and any change up slower than 75mph is outlawed.
More good ideas to come.