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Two mound meetings and you have to change pitchers

Nov 8, 2009, 1:00 PM EST

That’s one of the three proposed rule changes Nico of Athletics Nation makes this morning. He’s not just talking about manager visits: catcher and infielder pow-wows would be limited too.  His reasoning on that one is that conferences in every other sport are limited by the number of time outs and natural breaks in the action at the team’s disposal, so why not baseball too?  Not sure how I feel about it. On the one hand baseball’s lack of a clock makes the time out analogy inapt. On the other, man, I hate those mound meetings.  Why not give an advantage to teams that prepare better before the game?

The other two changes make sense too.  Check ‘em out.

  1. philsfan1 - Nov 8, 2009 at 12:31 PM

    It’s about time!! Posada visits the mound every other pitch–my God, he makes the game at least four hours long!! Baseball moves to slowly for many to be able to watch the whole game–this would be welcomed change in my eyes.

  2. old gator - Nov 8, 2009 at 1:43 PM

    I’m good with this idea, except in cases where (1) a scheduled batter is replaced with a pinch hitter (one extra meeting permitted during that at-bat), or (2) a fielder is injured or replaced by the team in the field (one extra meeting during the at-bat immediately following said replacement). I don’t think you want to hamstring the pitcher or dilute the strategic flexibility of the game all that much, especially in the Designatedhitterball League where they don’t really play baseball anymore anyway; it’s already more like a mammoth hunt over there, with nothing but apelike hominids with big clubs in silly looking pajamas.
    As far as letting the base umpire call the checked swing, anything that further emasculates and humiliates the home plate umpire works for me.

  3. Chris - Nov 8, 2009 at 5:41 PM

    Just leave it the way it is. If you don’t like when the action comes to a screeching halt, go watch the last 60 seconds of a basketball game.

  4. bh0673 - Nov 9, 2009 at 6:03 AM

    Baseball was never a game about speed,just like chess there are moves that slow he game down. It was never an issue before Selig (BS). Some of the greatest managers were brilliant when it came to slowing the game down, I feel leave the game alone if you want a faster pace watch hockey.

  5. Kenny Davis - Nov 9, 2009 at 6:27 AM

    That’s really stupid. There are so many reasons a catcher might need to speak to a pitcher, that it couldn’t possibly work, and would cause more problems than it tries to solve. Maybe a max per at-bat, but not per inning.

  6. Church of the Perpetually Outraged - Nov 9, 2009 at 7:51 AM

    It’s about time!! Posada visits the mound every other pitch–my God, he makes the game at least four hours long!! Baseball moves to slowly for many to be able to watch the whole game–this would be welcomed change in my eyes.

    lenght of time for each game, courtesy of b-ref.com
    G1 – 3:27
    G2 – 3:25
    G3 – 3:25
    G4 – 3:25
    G5 – 3:26
    G6 – 3:52
    So save for G6, every game was almost the exact same time, and not even close to 4 hours. Blame Fox for the absurd commercial breaks, not Posada.

  7. bernie - Nov 9, 2009 at 12:04 PM

    There’s a reason Posada goes to the mound so often. He’s telling his pitcher to “Please don’t throw a curve ball because I can’t catch it.”

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