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    MLB MLB Baseball Is Broken...How Can It be Fixed ?

    With the first game of the regular season only 2 days away

    I thought it would be timely to discuss what baseball can do to improve the game and create interest

    New Rule for 2019

    Once a relief pitcher is brought into a game, he must face 3 hitters

    What I propose for 2020

    Pitch Count

    Nobody on base.....20 to 25 seconds
    Runners on base....40 seconds
    9th inning and beyond.....60 seconds

    Along with some kind of time-out system

    Salary Cap

    Make a hard cap, or if if there continues to be a soft cap
    Stiffer penalties foe exceeding the cap (some kind of draft pick penalty)

    Division & Playoff Realignment

    4 Divisions in Each League....North....South....East....West (For Example...Yankees In The AL North....Red sox In The AL East )

    4 Division Winners Make The Playoffs...Top 2 Teams Get A First Round Bye (Like The NFL)
    2 Wildcard Non-Division Winners Make The Playoffs

    Best 2 Out Of 3 Wildcard Series

    # 3 Seed vs # 6 Seed
    # 4 Seed vs # 5 Seed

    DS....CS & World Series Would remain the same
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    Re: MLB Baseball Is Broken...How Can It be Fixed ?

    A low cap as well as a high cap. Enough of the owners putting inferior product on the field just so they can line their pockets.


    DH both NL and AL. No one wants to see a pitcher bat.



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    Baseball is fine


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    Re: MLB Baseball Is Broken...How Can It be Fixed ?

    Universal DH, pay the players, reasonable pitch clock and robo umps I'm all in


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    Agree on the idea of expanding to 32 teams and splitting the divisions up to 4 per league. With playoffs being 6 teams per league.

    Salary cap will never happen, sadly. But I agree it's needed.

    Don't agree with the pitch clock, or any of the rules intended to speed up the game. Not crazy about the new 3 batter minimum rule, because I feel like it takes away some strategy, but I also feel like I guess there's still some added strategy to it so it's not the worst.

    Definitely agree wild card games need to be a best of. Best of 3 seems fair. I genuinely feel like the Pirates could've won against the Giants back in 2014 if it was best of 3. That goes back to Hurdle though and his mismanagement of the pitching rotation leading into that game.

    Also really really really do not want to see extra innings have an automatic runner on base. No way.

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    Re: MLB Baseball Is Broken...How Can It be Fixed ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sully View Post
    Agree on the idea of expanding to 32 teams and splitting the divisions up to 4 per league. With playoffs being 6 teams per league.

    Salary cap will never happen, sadly. But I agree it's needed.

    Don't agree with the pitch clock, or any of the rules intended to speed up the game. Not crazy about the new 3 batter minimum rule, because I feel like it takes away some strategy, but I also feel like I guess there's still some added strategy to it so it's not the worst.

    Definitely agree wild card games need to be a best of. Best of 3 seems fair. I genuinely feel like the Pirates could've won against the Giants back in 2014 if it was best of 3. That goes back to Hurdle though and his mismanagement of the pitching rotation leading into that game.

    Also really really really do not want to see extra innings have an automatic runner on base. No way.
    I have not heard of the idea of having an automatic baserunner on base in extra innings
    What a stupid idea

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    Re: MLB Baseball Is Broken...How Can It be Fixed ?

    Quote Originally Posted by TCON View Post
    I have not heard of the idea of having an automatic baserunner on base in extra innings
    What a stupid idea
    I have heard that idea. I think it's stupid as well.


    I actually dont mind the extra innings.

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    Bring back the expos
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    Re: MLB Baseball Is Broken...How Can It be Fixed ?

    Quote Originally Posted by indyfan View Post
    Bring back the expos
    I agree. They should also get rid of the Tampa Bay Rays or move them to Montreal. While they’re generally a consistent team, they have basically no fans (one of the lowest attendance figures per year) and their stadium is an archaic monstrosity.

    Ironically, these were two of the reasons the Expos franchise died.


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    Re: MLB Baseball Is Broken...How Can It be Fixed ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fuji Vice View Post
    I agree. They should also get rid of the Tampa Bay Rays or move them to Montreal. While they’re generally a consistent team, they have basically no fans (one of the lowest attendance figures per year) and their stadium is an archaic monstrosity.

    Ironically, these were two of the reasons the Expos franchise died.


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    Bringing baseball back to Montreal is a big talk around here. They need to make a new stadium downtown. The Olympic Stadium is on the east side. A Downtown Stadium would be more attractive for the 5 to 7 crowd ( happy hour) hit a terrace after work. Food and drinks, then a baseball game. People found it a hassle to go out to the big O.
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    Re: MLB Baseball Is Broken...How Can It be Fixed ?

    I'm down for the Montreal Bartolos


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    Re: MLB Baseball Is Broken...How Can It be Fixed ?

    For a lot of kids it's just too slow, and boring of a sport. I don't think little things will change that. The demo seems to be trending to older as the years go by. Whoever is watching baseball for the most part that I ever talk to seems to be fine with the length of games, I watch most games and a lot of the times I'm in and out watching.

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    Re: MLB Baseball Is Broken...How Can It be Fixed ?

    Quote Originally Posted by indyfan View Post
    Bringing baseball back to Montreal is a big talk around here. They need to make a new stadium downtown. The Olympic Stadium is on the east side. A Downtown Stadium would be more attractive for the 5 to 7 crowd ( happy hour) hit a terrace after work. Food and drinks, then a baseball game. People found it a hassle to go out to the big O.
    A stadium downtown would be perfect but the real problem comes in maintaining attendance. As noted earlier, dwindling numbers were one of the main reasons for the franchise leaving for greener pastures, so it'll always be a cause for concern moving forward.

    I know that the O manages to get filled up for those pre-season Jays games, as I'm sure it will next week, but whether people regularly attend games again is another story. On the other hand, at least you won't know until you try, while it's become painfully apparent that even having a winning team won't improve Tampa Bay's attendance.


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