Major League Baseball will use electronic umpires. Soon balls and strikes will be relayed to the umpire who will recite them as if they were coming from the human mind. But they won’t be. I get that tennis and soccer are using these technologies. I think it’s worked in tennis. The phrase we want to “get it right” will be used, ok, but that’s now become a catchphrase to basically start doing away with most baseball traditions like the manager arguing with the umpire over a bad call. Blame Joe Torre over this one. He proclaimed managers can no longer argue over balls and strikes back in 2016.
This will be tested in the minors. It already has been tested and soon MLB will force it into the sport. Even if you love that do you love bigger bases? You can’t. With bigger bases, there will be more steals? First off, teams will have to want to steal to try and take advantage, and secondly, what does that say about the game and the players? Don’t worry, if you’re not fast enough, we will help you out. If you’re a catcher that has trouble throwing out runners, now you’ll have more trouble. Sorry, not sorry.
Something else that could be a bad by-product of the bigger bases is the ball will inevitably hit the bases more often which will then slow down the ball that would have been a hit in the outfield before and that could create more outs. Taking away from the desired effect. The yin and the yang of the game. If you leave it alone, then it’s being played the way it should be.
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Baseball has to try and stop trying to draw in non-baseball fans. It’s not going to work. People who dislike the sport will continue to do so even if you speed up the games and make it easier to score runs. What baseball doesn’t realize is they could push away people who love the sport who at some point decide, “this isn’t the game I love anymore”. That’s going to happen.
The Universal DH
If it were up to Twitter, and it’s not, the Universal DH would be a part of the 2021 season. Every time a player gets cut loses out in the competition for a position or has a partial injury, fans cry out for this, forgetting that you are now accepting the fact that players who can’t play that part of the game will have jobs because they’re good at one part of it.
When kids first learn how to play, don’t they play a position? Of course, they do. Will kids in the future tell their coaches they want to be a DH? They might. To me, that would be scary. Nobody aspires to be a DH, they become one based on some weaknesses and one great talent. Therefore, there aren’t a lot of DHs in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. It’s much harder to play the field and hit for 15 years as compared to someone who played for a few years in the field and was a DH for the rest of their career.
I realize I’m in the minority. On a recent spring day, I saw some kids playing catch with a girls’ softball game in the background, along with soccer practice. If you plan on being a DH, there’s no point in having a catch ever again. Instead of having that heartwarming catch with your dad, ask him to take you to the batting cage and watch, so you can show off your best launch angle.