What new rules should stay?

What new rules would you like to keep forever?

Poll ended at Wed Sep 02, 2020 4:14 pm

Universal DH
47
44%
Pitchers must pitch to 3 batters minimum
19
18%
Double headers are 7 innings each
5
5%
Runner on 2nd in extra innings to complete games sooner
7
7%
Expanded playoffs to 16 teams
1
1%
Expanded rosters to 28 players
26
25%
Change nothing, baseball was better without this stuff.
1
1%
 
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What new rules should stay?

Postby bukie » Wed Aug 12, 2020 4:14 pm

Thanks to the shortened season, MLB has applied new rules to the game to keep things moving and keep the season as efficient as possible. Which of these new rules are you hoping to stick around? (3 votes total)
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Re: What new rules should stay?

Postby Bote McBoteface » Wed Aug 12, 2020 4:34 pm

I voted universal DH and 3 batter minimum. Love both, don’t care for any of the others. I’m pretty firm on the DH, thats gotta stay. I’d like to see the 3 batter minimum play out over a full 162 game season before we make a final decision on it.
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Postby Cubswin11 » Wed Aug 12, 2020 4:45 pm

Only voted for universal DH, would’ve voted for expanded rosters if it was an option too. 28 seems like a good number then like 32-34 for September.
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Re: What new rules should stay?

Postby Andy » Wed Aug 12, 2020 4:54 pm

I wish the DH didn't exist but since it was coming anyway, I voted for the DH. The other 'only for 2020' changes are all garbage, although at least understandable under the circumstances. I still don't like the 3-batter minimum because I don't think it actually accomplishes what it's supposed to, but I haven't really noticed it in-game.
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Re: What new rules should stay?

Postby WrigleyField 22 » Wed Aug 12, 2020 5:05 pm

Cubswin11 wrote:Only voted for universal DH, would’ve voted for expanded rosters if it was an option too. 28 seems like a good number then like 32-34 for September.

Expanded rosters should solve a lot of the issues surrounding the long extra innings games and stuff. 28 might be a tad high (you don't want guys wasting away on your bench) , but I wonder if they could have something akin to NBA 2 way players with special service time rules where you could expand up to 28 players and have flexibility to pull guys up short term after a marathon 18 inning game or whatever. Maybe even have the occasional planned double header with expanded taxi rosters and then you're able to insert more planned off days into the schedule.

As to the original poll I said DH and 3 batter, but I could be swayed either way in the 3 batter minimum.
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Re: What new rules should stay?

Postby bukie » Wed Aug 12, 2020 5:19 pm

I added expanded rosters to the poll, but it blew away the prior answers so, well, just answer again I guess.
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Re: What new rules should stay?

Postby squally1313 » Wed Aug 12, 2020 5:25 pm

I voted for 7 inning double headers, but then realized they would be terrible in a normal, in person experience because teams would definitely still try to empty the stadium in between games. But if teams issued tickets for both, 7 inning games sounds a lot better.
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Postby Andy » Wed Aug 12, 2020 5:30 pm

squally1313 wrote:I voted for 7 inning double headers, but then realized they would be terrible in a normal, in person experience because teams would definitely still try to empty the stadium in between games. But if teams issued tickets for both, 7 inning games sounds a lot better.

Single-admission doubleheaders still happen, but they're extremely rare - almost all doubleheaders are day/night. For that reason I suspect we will be spared the lunacy of that change becoming permanent.
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Re: What new rules should stay?

Postby sweetpeteman » Wed Aug 12, 2020 6:06 pm

I voted DH, but don't appose the 3 batter rule and expanded roster.

I'm against 7 inning double-headers during a normal season and really don't want to expand the playoffs.

The runner on second thing I was ok with in the minors for the expressed issue of ending the games, and therefore would be ok with it in the majors, but not as an immediate step going into extra innings. I would be fine with it if it was implemented after the 12th inning. (The 10th, 11th, and 12th played as normal, runner on second starting the top of the 13th).
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Re: What new rules should stay?

Postby Bertz » Wed Aug 12, 2020 6:10 pm

I said DH, 3 Batter Rule, and 28 Man rosters.

- I prefer the NL rules within games because I like the strategy. Not the double switches and stuff, but more about the inning management from the pitcher's perspective and when/how to use the auto out. I also like rewarding the Zambranos, Greinkes, and Bumgarners of the world. That said, from a team-building perspective the DH opens up SO MANY possibilities that it ultimately wins me over

- I've loved the idea of the 3 batter rule since I heard of it. I know it has a smaller effect than you would think, but reducing those patented Bruce Bochy innings does so much from a watchability standpoint

- The 28 Man roster is great because teams have actual benches again, and the 3 Batter minimum has kept the reliever changes to a reasonable level. The only negative is that I think we need additional incentive to have starters go 6. Maybe keep bullpens to 8 guys even with the two extra spots? Get more restrictive with DL/Option rules? I'm fine with starters averaging 4.5 per start in this fake season but that's not okay long term
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Re: What new rules should stay?

Postby Transmogrified Tiger » Wed Aug 12, 2020 6:47 pm

I like the 3 batter rule and don't mind the DH and 28 man roster. I still think tying the DH to the SP is a good idea, not only for the strategy elements, but also as a marker of preserving the idea of a starting pitcher, especially with expanded rosters. A 14 man pitching staff with a DH is going to trend towards having a few short relievers and a lot of guys who can get through the order between 1-2 times. I'm not overly opposed to that future, but if you are one way to hedge against it is putting more value on SP stamina by attaching the DH to them.
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Re: What new rules should stay?

Postby Cubfanintheknow » Wed Aug 12, 2020 7:56 pm

I voted for universal DH... but I would like to see it tied to the starting pitcher. Bring a little strategy into the game.

For extra innings, I would rather see players "re-enter" into the game; i.e. if you pinch hit in the 7th and the games goes into extras, you can re-enter and bat again or even play in the field. Players can only re-enter beginning in the top of the 10th and if they come out again, they're done.
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Re: What new rules should stay?

Postby Transmogrified Tiger » Wed Aug 12, 2020 10:22 pm

I will say the one rule I feel strongly about is not liking the extra innings stuff. Making the best of a pandemic is fine I guess, but all the talk prior to Covid was fixing a problem that doesn't exist. 8.5% of games went to extra innings last year, less than 5% went more than 10 innings. I'm not typically a 'coastal bias' person, but I did notice that the AL East had 23% of 12+ inning games and can't help but wonder that a couple famous teams having outlier seasons in that regard is part of the institutional energy to make changes. Plus, expanded rosters and 3 batter relievers help with the problems created with long games.
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Re: What new rules should stay?

Postby WrigleyField 22 » Wed Aug 12, 2020 10:55 pm

Transmogrified Tiger wrote:I will say the one rule I feel strongly about is not liking the extra innings stuff. Making the best of a pandemic is fine I guess, but all the talk prior to Covid was fixing a problem that doesn't exist. 8.5% of games went to extra innings last year, less than 5% went more than 10 innings. I'm not typically a 'coastal bias' person, but I did notice that the AL East had 23% of 12+ inning games and can't help but wonder that a couple famous teams having outlier seasons in that regard is part of the institutional energy to make changes. Plus, expanded rosters and 3 batter relievers help with the problems created with long games.

Couldn't agree more. It's roster mgmt issue, not a gameplay issue.
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Postby NOLA » Wed Aug 12, 2020 11:55 pm

Wow, 65 responses. There’s a lot of people who lurk here but don’t post.
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Re: What new rules should stay?

Postby sweetpeteman » Thu Aug 13, 2020 12:03 am

NOLA wrote:Wow, 65 responses. There’s a lot of people who lurk here but don’t post.



voters can vote for multiple things.
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Re: What new rules should stay?

Postby abmillis » Thu Aug 13, 2020 1:59 am

Voted for universal DH amd expanded rosters. I'm indifferent on 3 batter minimum. Could be persuaded on 7 inning doubleheaders. Hate the runner on 2nd in extras
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Re: What new rules should stay?

Postby CubColtPacer » Wed Aug 26, 2020 12:06 am

3 batter minimum is great. It brings some interesting strategy. I would much rather have a situation where the wrong pitcher is in to face a key batter than the other way around. And that's even before you get into the pacing of the game help that it can bring.

I like more spots on the roster. More options during the game increases potential strategy options.

I like long extra inning games as long as they don't destroy a team, which an expanded roster should help.

I understand 7 inning doubleheaders for this year, don't like them normally.

I would rather have no DH than DH, DH tied to starting pitcher is better than either extreme.

And absolutely not to expanded playoffs.
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Re: What new rules should stay?

Postby stitchface » Wed Sep 09, 2020 10:48 pm

I thought the 3 batter minimum was enacted pre-COVID? It's not a just this year thing. In any case, I like that and the DH. 7 inning games are not good - all games should be the same length.
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Re: What new rules should stay?

Postby sneakypower » Thu Sep 10, 2020 4:38 pm

love everything about the 3-batter minimum
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