Change baseball

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    I was out at a local watering hole the other night with my lovely wife and of course there was a baseball game on the TVs in the bar.

    Now most of you know that I don't waste my time watching pampered overpaid athletes on the idiot box but I couldn't escape it.

    As I watched some of the game I realized that baseball has got to be the most boring game on the planet.

    I watched as the pitcher took about 5 minutes to throw the ball. The hitter swung, missed then had to walk around for a few minutes, fix his gloves, tap his shoes with the bat then take a few swings all just to wait a few more minutes for the pitcher to throw another ball.

    It was agonizing.

    IMO Baseball should be put on a clock like any other team sport. Now I realize that the entire game can't be subject to a time limit but there should be a pitch clock similar to the play clock in football or the shot clock in basketball.

    At least then the game would move along at something more than a snail's pace.
     
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    Only a true baseball fan can understand and appreciate everything that goes on during a game. The time spent between pitches has a lot to do with the pitcher and catcher thinking about what pitch to throw next, and the batter thinking about what pitch might be coming next.
     
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    I think we should change baseball too. Instead, of grass, it should be played on ice. And instead of a diamond, it should be played on a rink. And we should replace the ball and bat with a puck and sticks. And everyone should be on skates, five aside and a goalie.

    Then, baseball would be awesome.
     
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    Plus, fans need time to order beers.
     
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    What would happen with all the black players?
     
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    New Rule:

    If the pitcher hits the batter, the batter's out.
     
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    What do you mean "all the?". There's almost as many blacks in hockey as there are in baseball!
     
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    Oh I have thought about this as well. If I could change baseball I would do the following:

    1) Remove the rule about having to drop the bat as you round the bases. Basemen can hold a shield.

    2) Put offensive players on each base as well as defensive players.

    3) Replace the baseball with a small cannonball....which can be used by defensive players to...ahem...defend the base.

    4) Slugouts will count.

    so with those we get this hypothetical play between the Mariners (at bat) and the Rangers (pitching)

    The Rangers' pitcher pulls the cord on the cannon and shoots the ball. The Mariners' batter connects with a dribbling grounder halfway to the mound. The Mariners' catcher grabs the Rangers' catcher around the throat and horse-collars him leaving the pitcher the only guy to charge for the ball. The batter charges toward first, bat in hand where the Rangers' first baseman has performed a wicked knee drop on the Mariners' first baseman and is wide open. But the batter fakes high with the bat and takes the Rangers' first baseman out at the knee. Noticing the base runner rounding first the pitcher lobs the ball to second but the Mariners' second baseman rips the shield from the Rangers player and cones him with it. The ball rolls to center where the Rangers' outfielder races to make the play. Rounding second the base runner sees the Rangers shortstop has defeated his opponent and is going for a low tackle. The base runner leaps over the defender as the ball goes whizzing by his ear where it's intercepted by the Mariners' third baseman. With an open path the base runner sprints for third as the Rangers' third baseman uses his shield to take the ball holder out at the ankle. The ball dribbles out of his hand toward second base. The Rangers' left fielder has been paying attention and has rushed toward the baseline. He picks up the ball and hurls it to the plate but the baserunner hurls the bat toward the Mariners' catcher who in a stunning move grabs the bat out of the air bringing it down on the shoulder of the Rangers' catcher's body armor. The ball is dropped and the base runner touches the plate. HOME RUN!!!!


    Now THAT'S a game I will watch!!!!
     
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    Yeah, we all know you are a frail little social outcast who is intimidated by the mere sight of athletes, but if you don't understand or appreciate baseball just STFU and go back to hiding in the bushes.
     
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    I can tell you've never managed a baseball team.

    Have a pitchers duel and the games are usually pretty short anyways.

    Have a game where there are a good amount of baserunners and the time flies by, as the strategies change from pitch to pitch.
     

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