June 25, 2012
Inland Empire, CA
I woke up this morning to this story on ESPN.com about the changes to be made to the MLB in 2013.
The Houston Astros will be moving to the American League, which will balance the divisions. Interleague will be expanded to the entirety of the regular season. That, of course, brings up the DH rule.
According to ESPN, the MLBPA is unlikely to approve doing away with the designated hitter. The opinion is that the game is already complicated enough and having two sets of rules is even more so, for the fans. This means that our beloved National League could say goodbye to the chess piece of the line-up, the Pitcher’s Spot.
Here is my initial reaction via Twitter.com:
“@IEdodgerBUM: I don’t like adding the DH to the NL but, it seems there will be no choice. Pitchers should be ballplayers, not princesses. #MLB #MiLB”
“@IEdodgerBUM: Designating a Hitter is saying, “my pitcher can throw but, he can’t play baseball” #MLB #MiLB”
“@IEdodgerBUM: Its just my opinion and I’m sure it will sell tickets either way but, I think baseball is going backwards.”
“@IEdodgerBUM: #Interleague will be a season long thing, tho. It could get confusing switching rules every 4th day. #DHilemma #MLB #MiLB”
“@IEdodgerBUM: I respect the DH, doing the most difficult thing in #sports for a living but Instead of gaining DH, it feels like losing the Pitcher’s Spot.”
Baseball has always been 9 guys per side, playing baseball. To me, hitting for the pitcher is absurd. In my defense, I am an old school type.
It’s not going to end my world or my love of the game to see the Dodgers use a DH. In fact, I can see the many benefits of having a DH. It’s not completely crazy, AL.
It does worry me,though, that losing the Pitcher’s Spot eliminates some of the late-inning excitement of match-ups vs pinch hitters in NL parks. It’s the Senior Circuit. It’s history. This is the way our ancestors played 😉
The fact that I’m “blogging” about my “tweet” proves that I’m a forward thinker. I’m not “afraid of change”. I will continue to “Root, Root, Root” for the MLB no matter what they do.
I am just a strong advocate of preserving history, especially of America’s Pastime. I don’t want it to become something that Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson or even Willie Mays wouldn’t recognize.
Nothing is set in stone.
Perhaps I’m over-reacting to a decision that hasn’t been made. IDK. All I know is that I’m sure I’m not the only fan who would miss the “old way” of the National League.
Inland Empire, CA
Thursday, June 14
I would pepper it.
I would run it out.
I would look to double it up.
Over and over again.
I would do this so many times.
Each particular piece of the wall will be analyzed for response to a line-driven baseball.
I will analyze the patterns of time from point of wall contact to ground contact as well as distance from wall to ground contact.
That will factor into distance from ground contact to Second Base in relation to average OF arm velocity.
I will know almost immediately after bat contact whether or not I can make it a double.
Ideal ball parks:
Lake Elsinore Diamond
Now, if I only had a wall.
Inland Empire, CA
Thursday, June 14
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June 11, 2011
Wierd Fact: In the NL West, Dodgers are only second to Colorado in Runs Scored yet, lead them by 14 Games, more than .200 in Win Percentage.
In Runs Against, Dodgers are best in the West and the rest fall into the same standings order.
Score one for Defense!
FREEWAY SERIES (6/11-13)
The Angels rode the Freeways to Chavez Ravine for a 3 game set before the White Sox (6/14-16) show up for 3 more, this week
LAA stumbled early but, finds themselves 3 short of AL West lead and on a 3 game win-streak. 6-4 in their last 10.
LAD still boasts the best record in MLB at 39-22 followed by Washington’s 35-23. Anaheim is 32-29.
After a memorable sweep at the Liberty Bell, the Boys in Blue dropped 1 and picked up 2 vs the Mariners in Seattle having 7 W’s out of the last 10 games.
Also, Uribe was activated from the D/L, today. He was 3/10 with a 3B and a HR in Rancho Cucamonga.
LAA vs LAD 6/11:
Here’s a list of situations that Instant Replay may be helpful:
-Strike 3 and Ball 4: Disputing every pitch will definitely slow the game down. Strike Zones aren’t always the same. They are also specific to each individual umpire. On strike 3 or ball 4, however, the zone should be consistent and a challenge should be allowed on borderline pitches and blatent bad calls should be checked by the “extra official” watching the close ups. This also might help check swing disputes.
-Bunts Fair/Foul: This one is more about whether or not the ball hits the batter or enters the field of play. It would also be helpful for swinging and “accidental bunts”.
-Plays at the plate: This should be fairly obvious. Every Run is important. Safe or Out can be the difference between W and L so, should be a priority.
-Outfield Fair/Foul: Most of the time, the outfield umpires make the effort to get to fly balls down the line. It wouldn’t hurt to give them a little help on the deeper line drives. Stopping or continuing play as it happens might be difficult.
I’ve weighed the options. Both sides of the argument make valid points regarding the issue of instant replay in Major League Baseball.
Some believe that this could slow the game down. The NFL and NBA take time outs for officials to watch replays. This does take time.
I subscribe to the “extra man” idea regarding instant replay. When this game and its rules was invented there was nowhere near the type of technology that exists today.
Slow motion and replays will be valuable but, with the advanced camera work on the field we have now, an umpire paying attention to the play via a close-up can overturn a missed call almost immediately.
If there is any doubt, technical crews can show multiple angles of replays quickly. With proper communication the right call can be made relatively fast.
The key won’t be so much the replay itself but, in knowing when to overturn calls. This game is an imperfect one. Like the strike zone, the umpires’ “styles” will vary so, the matter of opinion will exist.
I believe it’s important to allow the umpires enough respect to make their own calls. Instant replay should be helpful without dominating the game itself.
In the future, these theories can be expanded to player statistics; RBI vs E, SB, BA, etc.
Every once in a while, the MLB Facebook account asks a question about the game that catches my attention. This morning they posted a pic of our ace in the hole with this:
“You Decide: The NL Cy Young race will come down to _______ vs _____ ”
Almost none of the replies were for Kershaw. Here’s how I responded:
“Wake up, Facebook! Its Kershaw vs Kershaw!
The only pitcher better than Clayton Kershaw in the NL is, yep you guessed it, Clayton Kershaw!
The kid delivers every appearance. You can’t argue with his numbers. The fact that the Dodgers are sub-par record-wise should only benefit his bid for NL Cy Young.
Where others would have already given up on the season, #KShaw shows up in a big way consistently. The only pitcher in MLB who can beat CK at anything is himself!
What do you say?
Is there really anybody more deserving of the Cy Young in 2011 than “This Kid”?
Okay, #Dodgers are 55-66, 13.5 GB in the #NLWest and 16 GB in the #NLWildCard race with 51 G ’til 162.
The last 10 games, LA is 4-6 and Lost 2 in a row. If there’s any silver lining it’s this. The Dodgers are losing heartbreakers! It probably doesn’t feel so good but look at this analogy:
A boxer is knocked out in Round 3. Its ugly. Even supporters feel doubt. The fights over. Even Disney couldn’t craft enough hope for this story…..There’s somethin’ to cry about.
The Dodgers are not being KO’d. These games are not ending without a fight! In Philly, we were within 1 run of the hottest team in the NL all 3 games (except the 5-3 L). Most of August (W or L) were separated by no more than 4 or 5. That’s Slam Range!
If anything, we’re losing decisions that can VERY easily go the other way. Yea “heartbreakers” for the other team! We can hang with the best of ’em still!
We just swept Houston! I didn’t see a lot of buzz about that….
If the PostSeason started today PHI, MIL and ARI would hold division, Wild Card to ATL.
Starting AUG 19, we have 24 of the 49 or so remaining games vs the NL West. That means, in the race for the West, we have plenty of opportunity make up some ground.
Our toughest series’ will be @STL Aug 22-24 and @ATL Sep 2-4 but, the reason I don’t like to rely too heavy on stats and probability is because an entire season can be reversed in the blink of an eye: a “ground-ball with eyes” or a “dying quail”, to quote Bull Durham.
Look, in the NL, there are 12 teams ahead of the Dodgers with only 4 playoff spots available. Its an obvious long shot but I’ve said before:
“I’ll take a long shot over no shot, in a heartbeat”
We’ve got the Brews again tonight from Milwaukee at 5pm. Tune in!
As long as we have a game to play we are just as entitled to the W as any other team, regardless of numbers.
Besides, everybody knows that YOU are the biggest factor in our team’s success. Buy tickets, wear your gear, listen to Vin, root for THIS Home Team!
Stay faithful, stay supportive, Stay Blue.