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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Increase time to reduce time: only in the Bud Selig Alice in Wonderland league.

Selig refuses to enforce existing 12 second rule between pitches! Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Allan Huber "Bud" Selig should suspend himself 211 games and self flagellate indefinitely...

Selig is not in favor of putting a clock on pitchers, requiring them to adhere to a little-enforced 12-second rule between pitches.

“I think it can be enforced in a better way,” Selig said. “We’re a game without a clock. It’s one of the great things about this sport.”

Like me, you're probably staggered by the sheer and utter stupidity of what you just read.


Arizona Fall League's six experimental rules. Two are dumb, the rest ineffective. Monday, November 3, 2014

01. 20-second Rule

modified version of Rule 8.04 ... Rule 8.04 requires the pitcher to deliver the ball to the batter within 12 seconds after he receives the ball with the bases unoccupied ... A pitcher shall be allowed 20 seconds to throw each pitch.

Say what?  20 is 66% longer than 12.  Why increase the time? ...

increases the 12 second rule to 20 seconds

Bud Selig, the Mad Hatter of Alice in Wonderland
Why indeed?  Now this utter silliness is mentioned again and not ridiculed.  What is it about baseball that makes otherwise well educated intelligent people think so stupidly? 

As Baseball Games Drag On, Timelessness Becomes Less Than Sacred 
By TYLER KEPNER Jan. 17, 2015 The New York Times

The rules are changing in the minors this season — or, at least, the rules will finally be enforced, with a digital reminder ticking down to each pitch. Class AA and Class AAA ballparks will include countdown clocks, with pitchers required to deliver within the specified time or be charged with a ball. Hitters must stay in the box for the duration of the countdown, or pitchers can toss a free strike.

As Commissioner Bud Selig leaves office next weekend, to be succeeded by Rob Manfred, pace of play is a serious concern in an industry of relative calm...

by testing the clock in minor league games, baseball is experimenting where it is possible to do so, following an initial test at one ballpark in the Arizona Fall League.

There, pitchers were given 20 seconds to deliver each pitch, a modified version of the rarely enforced Rule 8.04, which limits the pitcher to 12 seconds with the bases unoccupied.


There's more junk in The Times article about how impossible it would be for players to perform without jerking around between pitches. Baseball people should watch the two other major U.S. team sports: football and basketball. Both require players to make split second decisions at a very fast pace while under physical pressure.

Bud Selig's legacy: he let baseball devolve into an unwatchable mess. Thursday, January 15, 2015

of all the things that I think that Selig did to harm baseball nothing is worse than the obvious and indisputable fact that Selig let baseball become boring.  What could be worse?


Alex in Wonderland gets curiouser and curiouser. A-Rod v. B-Sel.  Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Alex Rodriguez has fallen through a rabbit hole and finds himself in "Wonderland," an increasingly unreal world of talking animals, singing flowers, and litigious Queens.

It's a steel cage no rules knife fight with his antagonist Allan Huber "Bud" Selig (B-Sel), commissioner of the Major Baseball League (MBL), a.k.a., the Mad Hatter.

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