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2019 MLB thread

Some wild, wacky proposals being lobbed between MLB and the MLBPA.

Lowering the mound, moving the mound back, universal DH, roster restrictions, and many others are on the table. Some as soon as 2019?

The Athletic link ($$): https://theathletic.com/804630/2019/02/06/stark-move-back-the-mound-mlb-and-players-are-open-to-that-more/

CBS Sports:
https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/mlb-rule-changes-the-universal-dh-makes-sense-and-its-time-for-the-national-league-to-make-the-switch/

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  • redhawk11redhawk11 Wealthy Alum
    Switching everyone to a DH this year isn't fair. This should be planned a year or two in advance so teams can consider it when making their rosters. That said, I wouldn't mind Kyle Schwarber in the lineup every day.
  • TruckCrewTruckCrew Wealthy Alum
    Yeah I’d be surprised if they decided to implement the DH this year, just as you said. Even lowering the mound/increasing the distance sounds like a big undertaking for grounds crews with 7 weeks until opening day.
  • gentbaseball12gentbaseball12 Off-Campus Slummer
    My proposal would be that teams should sign some damn free agents.
    redhawk11mrgredhawkelpalito
  • skin66skin66 Wealthy Alum
    The thought that a pitcher must pitch to at least three batters has so many possible problems that the rules for it would have to be an entire book.
  • DICKDICK Wealthy Alum
    redhawk11 said:

    Switching everyone to a DH this year isn't fair. This should be planned a year or two in advance so teams can consider it when making their rosters. That said, I wouldn't mind Kyle Schwarber in the lineup every day.

    I thought this when I first heard about it this afternoon, but after thinking about it for awhile, I think it would be OK to do it right now.  If your team does not have a DH candidate, there are plenty of unsigned free agents who could play that role or take another players spot so that guy could DH.  Plus, it would be perfect for the Reds this year.  We have 4 corner OF's, this would make that depth very valueable.  Matt Kemp could get a ton of AB's with that rule.

    Really, any or all of these suggestions would be a positive for baseball.  The product on the field last year had a lot of problems, these changes  would address some of them, mainly lack of action and length of game.


  • thechuck_2112thechuck_2112 Wealthy Alum
    redhawk11 said:

    Switching everyone to a DH this year isn't fair. This should be planned a year or two in advance so teams can consider it when making their rosters. That said, I wouldn't mind Kyle Schwarber in the lineup every day.

    Well no one’s signed any free agents, so there’s plenty of time to fill out DH-dependent rosters.
  • TruckCrewTruckCrew Wealthy Alum
    Interesting points; maybe the players association is pushing the DH for that very reason, the amount of unsigned free agents.
  • thechuck_2112thechuck_2112 Wealthy Alum
    TruckCrew said:

    Interesting points; maybe the players association is pushing the DH for that very reason, the amount of unsigned free agents.

    I follow the NL more than the AL, but my sense is that that wouldn't make much of a difference.  There aren't really any more David Ortizes or Edgar Martinezes, and instead the DH spot goes to fielders who need a rest day or something.  (That CBS article points out that only two DHs had enough plate appearances last year to qualify for the AL batting title.)  So the spot probably goes to some guy who's already on the roster, and it only affects the FA market on the margins.
  • TruckCrewTruckCrew Wealthy Alum

    TruckCrew said:

    Interesting points; maybe the players association is pushing the DH for that very reason, the amount of unsigned free agents.

    I follow the NL more than the AL, but my sense is that that wouldn't make much of a difference.  There aren't really any more David Ortizes or Edgar Martinezes, and instead the DH spot goes to fielders who need a rest day or something.  (That CBS article points out that only two DHs had enough plate appearances last year to qualify for the AL batting title.)  So the spot probably goes to some guy who's already on the roster, and it only affects the FA market on the margins.
    As do I (re: following NL v AL), but there are scenarios in which NL teams elect to fill a bench spot or two with a late inning defensive replacement/utility player and now may want that player to be a bigger offensive threat. 
    RedHawks97
  • Re6H5wkRe6H5wk Wealthy Alum
    Realmuto to Philly:

    http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/25945823/phillies-acquire-catcher-jt-realmuto-marlins

    (And Tomlin signs with Milwaukee, so Sack will be relieved to learn he's no longer in the AL.)
    The_Sackman
  • TruckCrewTruckCrew Wealthy Alum
    Phillies are also still involved in the Bryce Harper rumors, which could create quite the offensive juggernaut if he signs.
  • TruckCrewTruckCrew Wealthy Alum
    Sounds like Machado is off the board: 10yr/$300M to the Padres.
  • MUHawk84MUHawk84 Wealthy Alum
    TruckCrew said:

    Sounds like Machado is off the board: 10yr/$300M to the Padres.

    It's gonna be a great two years for the Padres.
  • Iam4hawksIam4hawks Senior Barfly
    Wanna fix baseball....
    1) Enforce the pace of play rules
    2) Call a letter to the knee strike zone
    4) Move every fence that can be moved back 20 feet back 20 feet. If they can't moved back, make them 10 feet higher 
    5) Adding a bunting competition to the All Star game and make the award for winning twice that of the HR hitting contest
    6) Yes you do have to throw 4 wide for the intentional walk
    7) NO DH Ever, period, for the end of time. 
    dave67
  • Iam4hawksIam4hawks Senior Barfly
    MUHawk84 said:

    TruckCrew said:

    Sounds like Machado is off the board: 10yr/$300M to the Padres.

    It's gonna be a great two years for the Padres.
    Better win fast....before it's Machado and AA team they can afford to surround him with. 

  • TruckCrewTruckCrew Wealthy Alum
    Padres minor league system is stacked. They could have some good teams in the near future.
  • TC no mention of Moose resigning in Milwaukee? ;) 

    Makes for a pretty potent lineup "on paper" as 2B and C are dramatically shored up. 

    Still can't get over how loaded the NL Central is......
  • TruckCrewTruckCrew Wealthy Alum
    You mean the 3rd best 2B in the NL Central? ;)

    But yes, other than PECOTA every projection I’ve seen has everyone in the central at 80+ wins and I don’t think any projections have a central team winnjng 90+. Could be anyone’s division.
  • thechuck_2112thechuck_2112 Wealthy Alum
    Iam4hawks said:

    MUHawk84 said:

    TruckCrew said:

    Sounds like Machado is off the board: 10yr/$300M to the Padres.

    It's gonna be a great two years for the Padres.
    Better win fast....before it's Machado and AA team they can afford to surround him with. 

    The Padres have possibly the most stacked minors roster AND enough money to sign Bryce Harper if they want.
    TruckCrew
  • thechuck_2112thechuck_2112 Wealthy Alum
    Iam4hawks said:

    Wanna fix baseball....

    1) Enforce the pace of play rules
    2) Call a letter to the knee strike zone
    4) Move every fence that can be moved back 20 feet back 20 feet. If they can't moved back, make them 10 feet higher 
    5) Adding a bunting competition to the All Star game and make the award for winning twice that of the HR hitting contest
    6) Yes you do have to throw 4 wide for the intentional walk
    7) NO DH Ever, period, for the end of time. 
    “Enforce pace of play rules, but also, you have to waste everyone’s time going through the motions of an intentional walk.”
    JCook32redhawk11AORedHawk33Re6H5wk
  • You mean the 3rd best 2B in the NL Central? 

    If Moose and/or Shaw are the 3rd best 2B in the Central that's a pretty good group. 

    The Brewers biggest holes in the lineup last year were SS (until Arcia got hot late), 2B and C.  

    After adding Grandal and Moose for the full year it's hard to see any discernible weakness in the lineup (barring injury of course). 

    Would be interested to get your opinion on the best/deepest projected lineups in the NL.  

    Braves? Phillies (assuming they sign Harper)? Cards? Reds? 


  • redhawk11redhawk11 Wealthy Alum
    Iam4hawks said:

    Wanna fix baseball....

    1) Enforce the pace of play rules
    2) Call a letter to the knee strike zone
    4) Move every fence that can be moved back 20 feet back 20 feet. If they can't moved back, make them 10 feet higher 
    5) Adding a bunting competition to the All Star game and make the award for winning twice that of the HR hitting contest
    6) Yes you do have to throw 4 wide for the intentional walk
    7) NO DH Ever, period, for the end of time. 
    I wasn't aware the prize money is what got everyone to watch the home run derby.

  • AORedHawk33AORedHawk33 Wealthy Alum
    Want to fix baseball?

    Market your players and make highlights available on social media.

    Oh... and add a bunting competition to the All-Star Festivities.

    The_Sackmanredhawk11Mowch
  • DevilGradDevilGrad Wealthy Alum
    But I was informed that chicks dig the long ball.
    Bash_Riprock
  • Iam4hawksIam4hawks Senior Barfly
    edited February 20

    Iam4hawks said:

    Wanna fix baseball....

    1) Enforce the pace of play rules
    2) Call a letter to the knee strike zone
    4) Move every fence that can be moved back 20 feet back 20 feet. If they can't moved back, make them 10 feet higher 
    5) Adding a bunting competition to the All Star game and make the award for winning twice that of the HR hitting contest
    6) Yes you do have to throw 4 wide for the intentional walk
    7) NO DH Ever, period, for the end of time. 
    “Enforce pace of play rules, but also, you have to waste everyone’s time going through the motions of an intentional walk.”
    Yes....because its a live ball play. If anything should be done away with it's the HR trot. All players on base and the batter would simply go to the dugout when a homer is hit. It's a dead ball by rule. During the IBB the ball is live. A base could be stolen, the ball could be misplayed and action take place. 
  • JohnnyMacJohnnyMac Wealthy Alum
    Iam4hawks said:

    Iam4hawks said:

    Wanna fix baseball....

    1) Enforce the pace of play rules
    2) Call a letter to the knee strike zone
    4) Move every fence that can be moved back 20 feet back 20 feet. If they can't moved back, make them 10 feet higher 
    5) Adding a bunting competition to the All Star game and make the award for winning twice that of the HR hitting contest
    6) Yes you do have to throw 4 wide for the intentional walk
    7) NO DH Ever, period, for the end of time. 
    “Enforce pace of play rules, but also, you have to waste everyone’s time going through the motions of an intentional walk.”
    Yes....because its a live ball play. If anything should be done away with it's the HR trot. All players on base and the batter would simply go to the dugout when a homer is hit. It's a dead ball by rule. During the IBB the ball is live. A base could be stolen, the ball could be misplayed and action take place. 
    Running the bases after a homerun is a live ball play. The batter or a runner can miss a base and be called out.

    redhawk11thechuck_2112
  • AORedHawk33AORedHawk33 Wealthy Alum
    Iam4hawks said:

    Iam4hawks said:

    Wanna fix baseball....

    1) Enforce the pace of play rules
    2) Call a letter to the knee strike zone
    4) Move every fence that can be moved back 20 feet back 20 feet. If they can't moved back, make them 10 feet higher 
    5) Adding a bunting competition to the All Star game and make the award for winning twice that of the HR hitting contest
    6) Yes you do have to throw 4 wide for the intentional walk
    7) NO DH Ever, period, for the end of time. 
    “Enforce pace of play rules, but also, you have to waste everyone’s time going through the motions of an intentional walk.”
    Yes....because its a live ball play. If anything should be done away with it's the HR trot. All players on base and the batter would simply go to the dugout when a homer is hit. It's a dead ball by rule. During the IBB the ball is live. A base could be stolen, the ball could be misplayed and action take place. 
    Please keep going...   what else should baseball change?
  • TruckCrewTruckCrew Wealthy Alum

    You mean the 3rd best 2B in the NL Central? 


    If Moose and/or Shaw are the 3rd best 2B in the Central that's a pretty good group. 

    The Brewers biggest holes in the lineup last year were SS (until Arcia got hot late), 2B and C.  

    After adding Grandal and Moose for the full year it's hard to see any discernible weakness in the lineup (barring injury of course). 

    Would be interested to get your opinion on the best/deepest projected lineups in the NL.  

    Braves? Phillies (assuming they sign Harper)? Cards? Reds? 


    Some good offenses to choose from. Cubs have potential too, and if the Padres prospects bloom this year they could be thrown into the group too.
  • Iam4hawksIam4hawks Senior Barfly

    Iam4hawks said:

    Iam4hawks said:

    Wanna fix baseball....

    1) Enforce the pace of play rules
    2) Call a letter to the knee strike zone
    4) Move every fence that can be moved back 20 feet back 20 feet. If they can't moved back, make them 10 feet higher 
    5) Adding a bunting competition to the All Star game and make the award for winning twice that of the HR hitting contest
    6) Yes you do have to throw 4 wide for the intentional walk
    7) NO DH Ever, period, for the end of time. 
    “Enforce pace of play rules, but also, you have to waste everyone’s time going through the motions of an intentional walk.”
    Yes....because its a live ball play. If anything should be done away with it's the HR trot. All players on base and the batter would simply go to the dugout when a homer is hit. It's a dead ball by rule. During the IBB the ball is live. A base could be stolen, the ball could be misplayed and action take place. 
    Please keep going...   what else should baseball change?
    Actually it's a dead ball, what you replay once the ball is put back in play.

    Iam4hawks said:

    Iam4hawks said:

    Wanna fix baseball....

    1) Enforce the pace of play rules
    2) Call a letter to the knee strike zone
    4) Move every fence that can be moved back 20 feet back 20 feet. If they can't moved back, make them 10 feet higher 
    5) Adding a bunting competition to the All Star game and make the award for winning twice that of the HR hitting contest
    6) Yes you do have to throw 4 wide for the intentional walk
    7) NO DH Ever, period, for the end of time. 
    “Enforce pace of play rules, but also, you have to waste everyone’s time going through the motions of an intentional walk.”
    Yes....because its a live ball play. If anything should be done away with it's the HR trot. All players on base and the batter would simply go to the dugout when a homer is hit. It's a dead ball by rule. During the IBB the ball is live. A base could be stolen, the ball could be misplayed and action take place. 
    Please keep going...   what else should baseball change?
    Actually, and it's mostly semantics, the ball is dead on a HR when it clears the fence. What you have is an appeal play made after the ball is put back in play. As for the bunt contest in the All Star game, the goal is to bring the bunt back to youth baseball. Now there are 8u coaches talking about "launch angle." Move the fences back..the most exciting plays in baseball are not homers, it's the double and triple. I'd also look to put a MLB team in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic or Cuba. 
  • TruckCrewTruckCrew Wealthy Alum
    edited February 20
    I’d outlaw bunting before I made a contest highlighting it.

    Then again bunting speeds up the game by giving the opponent a free out.
    JCook32
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