I read an article that featured a series of “game changing” ideas that would improve baseball. Among the suggestions submitted by ESPN’s baseball experts and the fans were ideas that included expanding instant replay by way of a full time umpire that watches the game upstairs in a booth, removing an inning, instituting a pitch clock (much like the shot clock), and playing by the visiting team’s league rules during interleague play. This doesn’t really have anything to do with the rest of the blog post but I thought the articles were very interesting reads and the use of a Google+ hangout was very clever. As a longtime fan of the game, I can appreciate where these experts, and fans were coming from with their ideas. It did seem like a number of these game changers focused on the fact that the games are too long, in part because of the pitching changes that occur late in the game. Sure, there are plenty of benefits to that crafty left-hander in the bullpen that you use for that one left-handed threat at the bat, but other than that one out, what real value is he adding to your pitching rotation. You have to be able to maximize the potential of every resource, much like rotating injection or pump sites.
(How’s that for a segue?)
This (3 day) weekend will be spent with family and friends. I am happy to report this includes some beautiful weather at Nationals Park to start things off.
Take me out to the ball game. Take me out with the crowd. Buy me some peanuts and cracker jacks. I don’t care if I never get back for it’s…..aww forget it. Whatever image we had of baseball in the past, that image has been distorted, ruined and tarnished for generations to come. You can talk revenue streams and attendance records all you want: Baseball is a shell of its former self. Thanks Performance Enhancing Drugs (PED), I guess baseball wasn’t that important anyway. Continue reading