MLB Rule Changes 2021

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MaxPower
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Looks like MLB is experimenting with two potential rule changes. One is to move the mound back a foot to create more contact. The other is the double hook, which basically ties the DH to the pitcher. What do you think? I don't really like the mound change. Yes it may cut down in Ks but the games will be just as long (or longer) overall with increased scoring. I do like the double hook. It seems a good NL/AL compromise and brings some strategy back. They might have to give teams a few years notice though because there's some money tied up in DHs. I also expect the players union will not be enamored with it.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.mlb.com/amp/press-release/press-release-mlb-atlantic-league-announce-experimental-rules-for-2021-atlantic-.html
chico
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that double-hook is interesting....would really put more strategy in the game-day decisions

I'm not a fan of moving the mound back. However they've lowered the mound before. I'd be open to lowering it a couple inches
MAROON
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Players union will hate the DH rule. Makes the value of a pure DH player much less if he ends up batting one or two fewer times per game throughout the season. A lot of these guys are high earning players.

Don't like the mound move, but would be open to a spring training test run.

agsalaska
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I like the fact that baseball recognizes something needs to be done to improve the gameplay. The strikeout/homerun problem has spiraled completely out of control in the last few years. Coupl eof thoughts

1. Dont increase the # of pitchers on staff. That makes things worse.
2. Moving the mound back might work, but I think lowering it makes a lot more sense.
3. I would prefer the DH be left alone. I don't really think the lack of a DH is a major problem.
4. I would like to see the shift eliminated. To me that seems like as big of a problem as any other. I was hoping batters would adjust to the shift and I think they have, by dropping there Avg 40 points and doubling their home run outputs.
5. The ball. Leave it alone.
MaxPower
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Agree on the shift. It would make the game more interesting and encourage guys to make more contact where a hit is more likely.

I don't like the mound shift. It will just make it easier to hit HR but does nothing to encourage a change in hitting approach.
powerbelly
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Not a fan of moving the mound back. I dont care for the DH so anything that makes it less valuable is good by me.
agsalaska
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MaxPower said:

Agree on the shift. It would make the game more interesting and encourage guys to make more contact where a hit is more likely.

I don't like the mound shift. It will just make it easier to hit HR but does nothing to encourage a change in hitting approach.
I don't understand why people think that a rule against the shift is some crazy groundbreaking rule about positioning players. We already have a rule that says players must be established in fair territory. Why can that not be expanded?


Also, funny story, my nine year old had to play two innings at first base this weekend in a 9u tournament. Our normal 1b was pitching and our backup 1b, who happens to also be our best pitcher, broke his collarbone on the playground a couple of weeks ago.

Anyway my son has played a lot of 1b but not since coach pitch so he has never actually held a runner on. He got called for a balk because he set up with both feet in foul territory. The ump explained it to him but he didnt quite get it. So the next inning another kid got to first and he started setting up again. In an act of good sportsmanship, after time was called by someone the 1b coach from the other team(we were in the 3b dugout) physically showed my son what he was doing wrong and how to fix it. First time I have ever seen that called.
redline248
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Eliminating the shift in form of a rule would be similar to the NFL saying defenses can't play in a nickel.
powerbelly
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redline248 said:

Eliminating the shift in form of a rule would be similar to the NFL saying defenses can't play in a nickel.


It would be more like the nfl requiring 7 defenders within 5 yards of the LOS at the snap.
agsalaska
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redline248 said:

Eliminating the shift in form of a rule would be similar to the NFL saying defenses can't play in a nickel.
No. I don't agree with that.

First, it is apples to oranges. There is no on field comparison between football and baseball.

And, since its apples to oranges, it would be more akin to the NFL saying you must have seven players on the line of scrimmage at the snap.

There are good arguments against banning the shift. Comparisons to the NFL is not one of them.


It would be MUCH more similar to the MLB saying that defensive players must be positioned in fair territory, which they already do.
BurnetAggie99
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Guys need to bunt more during the shift

94chem
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I fail to see how bunting eliminates the shift. All it does is bring the 3rd baseman even with the bag.
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Stickynick
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I don't really mind the double hook, but moving the mound back sounds ridiculous. Imagine having to adjust where to start a curve ball after perfecting it for years, only to have to start it one foot deeper. Guys are no doubt throwing harder now than ever, but the lack of contact has just as much to do with the "3 true outcomes" and launch angle approach that hitters are using now.
Keeper of The Spirits
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AG
Agreed eliminating the shift is dumb, hitters will eventually figure it out. Legislating would slow the game down as teams would still try to execute the shift within the new rules
The Milkman
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agsalaska said:

redline248 said:

Eliminating the shift in form of a rule would be similar to the NFL saying defenses can't play in a nickel.
No. I don't agree with that.

First, it is apples to oranges. There is no on field comparison between football and baseball.

And, since its apples to oranges, it would be more akin to the NFL saying you must have seven players on the line of scrimmage at the snap.

There are good arguments against banning the shift. Comparisons to the NFL is not one of them.


It would be MUCH more similar to the MLB saying that defensive players must be positioned in fair territory, which they already do.


I think of it as the equivalent of trying to tell a pitcher where he can't throw a pitch. Research and prep might tell a pitcher that a guy can't hit a slider down and away. So you're going to constantly feed him that until he proves otherwise. There shouldn't be a rule to say you need to equally pitch to all sides of the plate.
agsalaska
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I do really like the runner at 2nd to start extra innings. That's totally youth league stuff and totally awesome to see these guys do it.

Watching multiple double switches happening right now in the Phi-Atl game. They just gave Bryce Harper a glove.

Edit-not lineup switches. Fielding position switches.
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