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Old 04-15-2018, 12:03 PM
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From CBS Sportsline and something that was discussed here on different threads just a few days ago.

I agree with the assertion although I don't agree with the solution.

https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/m...worse-in-2018/
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Old 04-15-2018, 12:19 PM
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Lowering the mound would be dumb. Look for MLB to do just that.

"Baseball's biggest problem is an increasing lack of action."

"The sooner MLB can create more balls in play and more action on the field, the better the game will be."

He never defines action.
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Old 04-15-2018, 12:26 PM
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Lowering the mound would be dumb. Look for MLB to do just that.

"Baseball's biggest problem is an increasing lack of action."

"The sooner MLB can create more balls in play and more action on the field, the better the game will be."

He never defines action.
Sure he does. He defines “action” as “more balls in play.”
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Old 04-15-2018, 01:01 PM
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Like the occasional “Bunt”, hitting behind the runner, sac fly, slap ball missing from today’s game as lost arts. Something that’s been beaten to death on these boards in the forums.

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Old 04-15-2018, 01:19 PM
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The high k rates are due to change in hitting philosophy. Lowering the mound would only strengthen it, they'd have to move the walls back or deaden the baseball for that to change
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Old 04-15-2018, 02:02 PM
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Lowering the mound may increase homeruns but not decrease strikeouts. Everyone will be even more so swinging from their heals. Walks will probably increase because the pitcher will be forced to be a nibbler. Deadening the ball will force players to get the ball in play.

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Old 04-15-2018, 02:38 PM
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In my opinion, here's what MLB should do

1. Raise the mound
2. Call balls and strikes as defined in the rules, a strike is anything between the armpits and the knees. No more waist high center plate pitches called a ball.
3. Deaden the ball
4. When the pitcher has started his delivery, do not grant the batter time, if the batter steps out, it is a strike, regardless of where the pitch is located.

I'd love to see a team go against the current trends and be nothing but a punch and judy type team. A very well balanced team that can beat you many ways. Just enough power to keep the opposing defense honest. Everyone up and down the line-up knows how to execute the hit and run/run and hit, lay down a sac bunt, hit behind runners etc
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Old 04-15-2018, 03:05 PM
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I'd love to see a team go against the current trends and be nothing but a punch and judy type team. A very well balanced team that can beat you many ways. Just enough power to keep the opposing defense honest. Everyone up and down the line-up knows how to execute the hit and run/run and hit, lay down a sac bunt, hit behind runners etc
Sounds like the 2005 White Sox who did many of the things you are advocating (Correctly in my opinion...)
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Old 04-15-2018, 05:53 PM
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Sounds like the 2005 White Sox who did many of the things you are advocating (Correctly in my opinion...)
They also had four pitchers toss 200+ innings and limit the entire bullpen to less than one inning of work in an entire five-game ALCS.

Those days are long gone. Hitters don’t really get a chance to make mid-game adjustments against a starter anymore. With only two chances at hitting against someone, it’s even more imperative to maximize the results of those two at-bats. With the way balls fly out of parks nowadays, that maximization usually takes the form of a home run in the minds of many field managers and front offices.

Perhaps someday we will see a boomerang effect based on future math. The data may end up suggesting that sacrifices, stolen bases, and the “get ‘em over, get ‘em in” philosophy of yesteryear is severely under-utilized. It may also suggest that any teams who invest in employing the strategy will exploit a league-wide inefficiency to their advantage. For now, though, it looks like the rise in 13-man pitching staffs and “three true outcome” at-bats will continue for at least a few more years.
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Old 04-15-2018, 06:25 PM
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Lowering the mound may increase homeruns but not decrease strikeouts. Everyone will be even more so swinging from their heals. Walks will probably increase because the pitcher will be forced to be a nibbler. Deadening the ball will force players to get the ball in play.
Spot on.
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Old 04-15-2018, 07:50 PM
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From CBS Sportsline and something that was discussed here on different threads just a few days ago.

I agree with the assertion although I don't agree with the solution.

https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/m...worse-in-2018/
You're going to ask people to click on the link and go read another article and then come back here to talk about it instead of explaining it to save everyone the time? Time is limited.

It's a courtesy to other posters. Lip, read my PM and edit the first post.

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Hey Everyone,

As a courtesy, when posting a link to another site, please add a quick explanation of what it is and why it might be interesting to read. Just don't post a link and nothing else.

Thanks

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