To ‘improve the pace of game play.’
My favorite reaction-
I reacted to the news the same way I reacted to Rory’s pregnancy announcement on the Netflix Gilmore Girls’ Revival–
It just makes no sense.
Baseball’s slogan might as well be ‘good things come to those who wait.’
That’s the point.
LOOK AT GAME 7 OF THE 2016 WORLD SERIES.
Even the saltiest Cubs‘ critics (myself included) have to admit-
Forcing a Game 7 & then breaking a 108-year-old curse after rain delaying extra innings is what baseball is all about.
It is about what is possible in each & every moment–
It is about inducing
If you don’t have time for that, we probably can’t be friends.
Don’t even get me started on the idea of starting extra innings w/ a runner on 2nd…
It’s baseball. No one is ‘born on second.’
A bag must be earned (& someone’s paying.)
Again, this is baseball. Not Keeping Up With The Kardashians.
I’m 100% with my bf on this one-
Where he & I will probably argue-
Is whether or not to raise the strike zone…
While, in a larger sense, baseball is a perfect metaphor for life–
In a smaller sense, it’s about arguing the strike zone…
I am for raising the strike zone
It’s not just b/c I’m an O’s fan. (I swear!)
Just imagine though-
Trumbo @ Camden w/ a raised strike zone…
Watch out, PECOTA! 😀
…But it’s not about a revenge fantasy, it’s about stats. (I swear!)
‘More and more pitchers throwing harder and harder is a brutally efficient run prevention methodology that works. The inventory of power arms only grows. That’s because throwing a baseball is a very specific skill with few variables…
To me, raising the strike zone is an adjustment that doesn’t compromise the integrity of the game.
Unlike getting rid of the four-pitch intentional walk, it would ‘improve the pace of game play’ considerably w/ more balls in play & higher scoring games.
Now, here’s where I disagree with the Sports Illustrated article quoted above-
‘The raising of the strike zone is nothing but a small, interim step—baseball’s typical rate of change—to modernize the game. Until baseball moves to the inevitabilities of a pitch clock, a limited number of timeouts and a governor on relief pitching (such as requiring a minimum of two batters faced), everything else is just small nips and tucks that don’t amount to real change.’
Out of all team sports, baseball is the most individual.
Only in baseball do you get this mano a mano moment-
What more do you want from them?!?!
Let them take their goddamn time
RORY & JESS BELONG TOGETHER, NO STRINGS ATTACHED!!!
That is all.
I’m off to secure a tall bookshelf & stream a spring training game now…
❤ Your Grl On Base