Maybe if they just don't show we can play without them. Tee ball sounds good. That gets the game back to basics: hitting, fielding, base running. Not jerking around while 90 percent of what passes for action is two guys playing catch. There were more strike outs per nine innings in 2012 than ever. And plenty of walks. And all the slow down rituals by batters and pitchers that SUCK the life out of a once great game.
Who wants strike outs and walks? Who? Put the ball in play! Just eliminate the pitchers as we know them and the catchers completely. Big improvement. You know the expression: Joe Blow is a thrower, not a pitcher? We need throwers, players who can simply put the ball in the strike zone without all the Bugs Bunny pitchers. Just throw strikes!
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Pitchers and Catchers: Humbug!
Am I the only one who is sick of hearing the lame phrase "pitchers and catchers" thrown around this time of year as some sort of identifier: hey, we know baseball? We, the morons who haven't had an original thought in decades.
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Eliminate the catcher, outlaw the collisions or properly equip the fielders.
Baseball catcher is easily the stupidest position among the three American team sports. Only football center comes close. Catcher could be eliminated if MLB had any imagination...
Place something behind the plate that would be a target for the pitcher ... The metaphor for a catcher is backstop. A backstop is a wall. Who wants to play wall? It's easily the most ridiculous position in team sports. Most baseball players want no part of catching. Put that player in fair territory where he can do some good. How about next to the pitcher where he could field balls hit up the middle and still be close enough to cover home plate? I have already advocated that base runners may not take a lead until the ball is hit... And put a damn screen in front of the pitcher before one gets killed with those blasts up the middle.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Start the count at 3-2. And limit the batter to three swings maximum.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Radical Baseball basics
1. start count at 3-2; batter gets max three swings to put ball in play then is out.
2. runners may not take lead
3. replace catcher with a round physical target 20 inches in diameter, like a bull's eye; if ball hits target it's a strike; batter may adjust height between knees and shoulder; catcher may play anywhere in fair territory; plate ump moves behind pitcher ...
7. eliminate mound; pitcher must release ball no closer than rubber
8. extend foul territory 45 feet from home plate into what is now fair territory