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#21 goose

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Posted 15 July 2019 - 12:56 PM

View PostRick N. Backer, on 15 July 2019 - 09:58 AM, said:

View Postedhunter, on 14 July 2019 - 01:21 PM, said:

Pitch clocks, no repeated stepping out of the box, no warmups for relief pitchers, shorter commercial breaks.

Problem solved

Your third one is the only one I disagree with.  I think you have to give the pitcher at least a few throws from the actual diamond mound to get the feel for the footing around the rubber.
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Posted 15 July 2019 - 12:58 PM

Another thing...any and all fighting or leaving the dugout should be an automatic fine or even suspension.  Enough already.

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Posted 18 July 2019 - 09:35 PM

View Postgoose, on 15 July 2019 - 12:58 PM, said:

Another thing...any and all fighting or leaving the dugout should be an automatic fine or even suspension.  Enough already.

Not leaving the dugout can be really tough if your teammate is out there all alone .... against nine guys.  :o

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Posted 06 August 2019 - 12:54 AM

View PostPrincipled Man, on 14 July 2019 - 07:57 AM, said:

For the first time in baseball history, a batter has "stolen" first base.  :o

On Saturday, an Atlantic League batter took first base on a wild pitch, marking the first time the feat has ever been accomplished.  During the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs’ game against the Lancaster Barnstormers, Tony Thomas became the first player to ever "steal" first.

This is how "stealing" first base works.  Any pitch on any count not caught in flight will be considered a live ball, and a batter may run to first base, similar to when a third strike is dropped.

So, when Alejandro Chacin’s 0-1 pitch went to the backstop, it became a live ball, giving Thomas the opportunity to dash to first base. Under normal circumstances, the count would be 1-1. Instead, Thomas was ruled safe at first with no outs.

Statistically, it is not a stolen base.  Per the official scoring sheet, Thomas’ steal of first is recorded as a fielder’s choice because of the ability for the catcher to make a throw.

https://www.sporting...s4171upx5k5r5oi

Incredible.

I would always make the joke that "you can't steal first base."  I'm surprised Rickey Henderson never did it.  MY MAN!




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