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Very interesting.  MLB has a huge problem with the length of games.  Managers are endlessly devoted to left/right match-ups and bad teams (see: Twins) carry 13 pitchers.  It's dreadful.  There is nothing worse than watching a team change pitchers multiple times in a half-inning. 

 

But I am really curious to see what they come up with.  Is there really a way to tell a team they can only change pitchers say once in an inning?  Or that he must face two batters?  That seems to go somewhat against the way the game is managed.  

 

But the timing is awful.  Three hours should be in the 90th percentile for length, and I suspect it's more like in the 20th. Since they'll never cut out one commercial per inning break (there's eight or nine minutes right there), this would be an interesting approach.  It may not speed the games up too much, but it will help with the perception.

 

I would be curious to know how often mid-inning pitching changes are made in the AL vs. the NL.  The NL has to contend with that spot in the batting order coming up.  The AL has the luxury of not having to worry about that.

 

Again, I'll be really curious to see what this may look like but I am skeptical that it will make sense.

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Buster Olney (whose opinion I don't really value at all) suggested shortening game to 7 innings. Honestly I don't see any problems, football games are getting longer and no one seems to mind.

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I think people want more offence more offence not shorter games. I think the limited relievers will help with that shorting games are probably just gonna mean more extra innings. 

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I prefer lower scoring games than higher ones (mainly because I favor the pitching position over the hitting; love seeing pitchers dominate). That may come as an unpopular opinion for baseball fans outside of the forum (or maybe even here).

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Baseball needs a Jorge Pee-hands Posada rule to limit the number of times a catcher can make a visit to the mound. And they should also make a rule against peeing on your hands.

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1 hour ago, Dolphins Dynasty said:

I prefer lower scoring games than higher ones (mainly because I favor the pitching position over the hitting; love seeing pitchers dominate). That may come as an unpopular opinion for baseball fans outside of the forum (or maybe even here).

 

I'd much prefer it if starting pitchers could dominate for 7-9 innings.  I don't even enjoy watching my fav team go through their bullpen matchups.  

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2 hours ago, rsaline said:

Buster Olney (whose opinion I don't really value at all) suggested shortening game to 7 innings. Honestly I don't see any problems, football games are getting longer and no one seems to mind.

Football games are once-a-week events, primarily played on Sunday afternoons and evenings.  MLB plays nearly every day.  Fans don't like staying until 10:30 or 11:00 for home games on Tuesdays.  Seven innings would be too much of a fundamental change, but I do feel there needs to be a way to make them shorter.

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On July 21, 2016 at 4:15 PM, 2001mark said:

http://www.si.com/mlb/2016/07/21/rob-manfred-limit-use-relief-pitchers

 

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There is already a limit on relief pitchers- it's called a roster cap.  I can't believe this is a real thing.

Can't wait until this leads to starters going longer, leading to more overuse injuries, Tommy John surgeries, and an angry players' association. And more NBA fans.

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14 hours ago, OnWis97 said:

Football games are once-a-week events, primarily played on Sunday afternoons and evenings.  MLB plays nearly every day.  Fans don't like staying until 10:30 or 11:00 for home games on Tuesdays.  Seven innings would be too much of a fundamental change, but I do feel there needs to be a way to make them shorter.

I personally think they should just shorten the season. If the season was closer to 120 games instead of 162, do you think there would be as many complaints? That is, does a shorter season make longer individual game length more tolerable?

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Chris Sale scratched from start tonight because....

 

 

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10 minutes ago, BengalsJunkie said:

Which White Sox story is more weird, Drake LaRoche or Chris Sale's Scissor Incident?

Drake LaRoche.

Can't blame Sale for wanting off the sinking ship so bad that he was willing to cut up a few jerseys.

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Chris Sale is a great, great pitcher -- but for him being the lone Sox player wanting a 14-year old in the clubhouse and now this throwback tirade, it'll make teams think twice about acquiring him at the deadline.

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1 hour ago, Cujo said:

Chris Sale is a great, great pitcher -- but for him being the lone Sox player wanting a 14-year old in the clubhouse and now this throwback tirade, it'll make teams think twice about acquiring him at the deadline.

 

Yeah, that's how I feel about the guy. Great player, but he really seems like a totally unhinged douche. 

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if I'm a GM, Sale's temper tantrum is not what you want to hear about a player. This is a move of a 6 year old and is 100% selfish. You don't want a selfish player. Hey Sale, show a little maturity and learn how to be a winner.

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8 hours ago, CS85 said:

Chris Sale scratched from start tonight because....

 

 

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What they should do is give Sale a bunch of pants to cut up and go with the old shorts uniforms for a game.

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3 hours ago, Shumway said:

What they should do is give Sale a bunch of pants to cut up and go with the old shorts uniforms for a game.

That's how I'm choosing to believe this story went. Sale saw the throwbacks didn't include shorts so being the perfectionist he is, when the hitters went out for batting practice, he took it upon himself to cut off the pant legs on the uniforms. Can't blame the guy for being a traditionalist.

 

In all seriousness, Sale shouldn't have cut up a bunch of jerseys. It was an extremely childish move. But this probably goes deeper than this situation. The White Sox front office is a mess. There is no coincidence that both Reinsdorf owned teams in Chicago have front offices that mirror each other. It's hard as a fan to watch a team you root for become the laughingstock of the league.

 

The White Sox are a team that desperately need to press the reset button and trade for some decent prospects. If they start this summer, they might be able to see relevancy again by 2018 at the earliest.

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Unless something catastrophic happens, Aroldis Chapman, his 105 heater and DV allegations are headed to the Cubs.

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