Why the Electronic Umpire Would Destroy the Integrity of the Game

Since the inauguration of Rob Manfred as commissioner in January of 2015, multiple rule changes of the game have occurred. The basis behind these rule changes, i.e. the instant replay, have been to speed up game and add new fans. But, huge rule changes are not yet here. However, the subject of the electronic umpire has become a louder topic of discussion lately. The electronic umpire would eliminate the arguing of balls and strikes at the surface. So, the basics for it is understandable. However, not only would this take thousands of jobs (human umpires), but more importantly, severely hurt Continue reading Why the Electronic Umpire Would Destroy the Integrity of the Game

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New Potentail Extra Inning Rule Is a Disgrace to the Game

Very recently the news has come out of a new extra inning rule. This rule places a runner on second base to begin every half inning in extras. It has been in place for international ball for about a decade now. However, the MLB is not adopting it quite yet. The beginning the top of the 10th inning will start with a utilty runner on second. So, since every baserunner, pitch, etc is crucial in a tight extra inning game, this ruins the integerity of baseball. Joe Torre was quoted in USA Today basically stating that he wants to try Continue reading New Potentail Extra Inning Rule Is a Disgrace to the Game

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Dissecting Bob Gibson’s 1968 Season

Why was the mound lowered in 1969? Mostly because of the Bob Gibson’s 1968 MVP and Cy Young winning season. Starting roughly around 1950 (just after the end of WWII), baseball had transitioned fully from its first “live ball” era into its second “dead ball” era. From 1950-1968, pitching dominated like no other, but the portrait that Gibson painted in 1968 was better than any painting that Pablo Picasso could make. With a record of 22-9 with a 1.12 ERA (3rd lowest in a season ever) and a league leading 268 strikeouts, the Cardinal’s all-time ace, may not had been Continue reading Dissecting Bob Gibson’s 1968 Season

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