- Jul 15, 2005
Don't really want to say "About time", but also thinking "This should go well" after they messed with the ball the last couple of years, even though they claimed they hadn'tMLB is attempting to deaden the ball this season.
For those paywalled: They are winding the first layer of yarn a little looser. That makes make the ball slightly less bouncy, but a tiny bit lighter (and maybe also smaller? It's not really clear in the article - it would be interesting since reduced drag was supposed to be the big difference in 2019). The league thinks will take ~1-2 feet off a 375 ft flyball and reduce HRs by 5%. I assume that assumes flyball rates stay the same. Five new teams are also going to start using humidors, on top of five that already do.MLB is attempting to deaden the ball this season.
Obligatory article I post every few years.Or they could, like, implement a pitching clock like we all know would fix pace of play.
But, yeah. 7 inning double headers and guys on second in extra innings or whatever.
Yeah, this, although it is lame to not also keep the 28 man rosters for another season for the same reason.The 7 inning double headers aren't being used for speeding up the game. They're keeping them so that Covid-related make up games can be completed without tearing through two pitching staffs. Even if they were playing at 1984 speeds, you wouldn't have the arms to get through multiple double headers in a week.
Totally agree with this. Can you even imagine attempting this in another sport? If the NFL announced they would play some 3 quarter makeup games or something?This guy gets it.
NESN and some of the other RSN's lose a little bit of leverage with fans here I think. As do teams trying to sell tickets.
Give me 9 innings every day, please, MLB. Not 7, not 14.
Does any other sport have a long-standing precedent of shortened games being acceptable? If 5 innings is good enough when it rains, why can’t 7 innings be good enough? Having a week of rest and then having your schedule stacked with 7 inning doubleheaders doesn’t save your bullpen and give you an advantage.Totally agree with this. Can you even imagine attempting this in another sport? If the NFL announced they would play some 3 quarter makeup games or something?
And these aren't meaningless makeup games, either. The Miami Marlins played 60 games in 2020 and made the playoffs despite playing 14 (almost 25%!) of their games in 7 innings, getting to save their bullpens, shorten games, etc. It's a creative solution but makes the entire exercise seem a little silly.
This won’t be the last season. Owners want expanded playoffs. Nobody wants season to run into November. Players like more off-days and less travel. I bet we get regularly scheduled 7 inning doubleheaders as a way to compress season a bit to accommodate expanded playoffs.Yeah, I also hate the seven inning games but I get why they are necessary in a still Covid-impacted climate. This had better be the last season for them, though.
I hope that if 7 inning double headers become a permanent thing, it comes with a requirement that such double headers must be single admission. Might suck for the teams that sell out most games that they'll have to refund some folks, but then again, maybe that would prevent it from being a frequent thing. Or even a thing at all.Gonna be kinda weird if people are paying full price for 7 inning games (e.g. day-night doubleheaders) and kinda dangerous that beer is sold until after the 7th inning.
When it pulls people away from going to games, or for those going to games, spending less, I have to imagine, to the teams, it will be one of them; it's still $$ not being realized.I would presume it's the same policy that's been used in the minors for decades and alcohol sales will be cut off after the 5th inning of the game (or 5th inning of the second game if it's single admission). There are plenty of reasons to dislike 7-inning double-headers, but that's not one of them.
Kolarek went from the Dodgers to the A’s, primarily in exchange for Infielder Sheldon Neuse. Neuse provides insurance if the Dodgers do not re-sign Justin Turner but, at least as importantly as the Dodgers pare down to their 26-man roster, has two minor league options remaining.Melancon to Padres, Arrieta back to Cubs, Asdrubal Cabrera to D-backs, Rich Hill to Rays.
Dodgers rearranged deck chairs at the back of their pen, sending Floro to Miami and replacing him with Kolarek from A's.
It's not technically a perfect game (or a no-hitter) unless it is a full nine innings, so rain-shortened games don't count either.Detest starting a man on second in extra innings. Theoretically, there could be a DH and a guy could have a perfect game through 7 innings. Guy on 2nd to start the 8th, gets bunted to 3rd, next man hits a sac fly that scores him and wins game. Pitcher gives up a run and loses while technically still pitching a perfect game.
Seems like 1 yr over many year deal instead of Pillar over JBJMets seem to be focusing on Pillar. I think JBJ is getting frozen out.
Cohen's deep pockets are likely best saved for a better player than JBJ at the money and length of contract that he's looking for.Seems like 1 yr over many year deal instead of Pillar over JBJ
I don't get it considering Cohen's pockets but I guess it's the ultimate minimize risk move.
The Dodgers' payroll mushroomed to $254 million after the Trevor Bauer and Justin Turner signings, so LA could be looking for salary relief (even if we're subsidizing half of Price's salary). Still, I hadn't heard or considered that Price could be traded or that the Dodgers might even be entertaining it. Again it might just be Gammons' in-need-of-an-editor style of writing, but I thought it was an interesting kind of parenthetical drop in by Gammons."Price, if he is not traded, will be returning to Dodger Stadium this season to be in a rotation that places him among those two other Cy Young winners in Kershaw and Bauer — and someday Walker Buehler will probably be added to that list."