Just a quick article as we here at HasBeen prep for the excursion to Louisville today, for the first ever regular season USL game in Nashville SC history.
This past week, Minor League Baseball announced rule changes that are expected to quicken the pace of games, while also attempting to shorten extra inning contests.
Now, some rule changes are expected, as we’ve seen some already in play in Nashville. However, other changes make their debut to the chagrin of most baseball aficionados.
I’ll go over some of the rule changes (which can be found here, with more in depth explanations), and give my opinion on how this will affect the game.
With that said, let’s get started.
Rule 1: Mound visits will be further limited this season. With this rule all Triple-A clubs will only be allowed eight mound visits a game, with an extra one given per inning if the game goes into extra innings. Check the link to see the more detailed definition of a mound visit.
Robert’s Reaction: I like this rule, as long as it goes away in the playoffs. To me, one of the best things about baseball is the strategy that goes along with pitching changes and mound visits. However, in the regular season this does tend to happen to often, even for my taste. I am actually quite interested to see how this new limit affects the ability of managers to manage the games as a whole. One statistic I want to see at the end of the season is the difference in amount of pitching changes per team.
Rule 2: Pitchers will have 15 seconds, 20 if runners are on base, to being their wind-up or to come to the set position. If the pitcher fails to do so, a ball will be added to the batter’s count automatically. If batters take too long, they will be given a strike.
Robert’s Reaction: This rule has already been a thing in Triple-A if I am not mistaken. Nothing new to see here. I have always liked this rule, because some pitcher can take all day to get through an inning if there are no restrictions against it (I am looking at you Daniel Mengden).
Rule 3: If a game goes into extra innings each team will start their batting half with a runner placed on second base. The runner will not affect the pitcher’s stats as they are considered an “error runner,” though they do not appear on the error count of the fielding team. (Seriously read the explanation here to understand that sentence). (Further edit: apparently according to the Boat expert this has been in play in international games for a little bit now)
Robert’s Reaction: This was the one long-rumored, and universally despised by the hardcore baseball fans, rules. I do not differ from this opinion. With this rule, walk-off hits, and home runs, feel as empty as taking the prom queen home when she is already your wife. Contrary to popular media belief, the length of a game doesn’t need to be shortened at all. Those who love the game understand it is not a game of patience, but rather a strategical duel of the best of the best at every position. This rule will hurt interest more than it will help.
Well, that is all for this week! WATCH THE NSC DEBUT MATCH AGAINST LOUISVILLE TODAY (MYTV30 AND YOUTUBE STREAM) AND AS ALWAYS WE ARE ALL HASBEENS.