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#16 CarolinaSock


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Posted 12 November 2010 - 11:00 PM

Keeping players in the box between pitches would help a lot with game time. Players don't need to undress in between each pitch. Dead time between pitches and innings is really the only thing I can think to change without changing the actual face of the game. Baseball is a game you need to understand to really appreciate a 2-1 game. It's hard for a casual fan to understand how impressive a pitcher is unless he happens to light up the radar gun.

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Posted 12 November 2010 - 11:10 PM

Have every baseball fan also be a Panther fan. "Pitchers and catchers report" day can't come too early.

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 10:37 PM

get rid of the cheap ass owners and bring in guys who will spend and spend and spend

#19 TarPanther9180


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Posted 15 November 2010 - 10:16 AM

Salary cap plus shorten the season to 100 games.

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Posted 15 November 2010 - 05:26 PM

get rid of all those fat overpaid bums and have the entire league consist of hot lingerie models...then, maybe, I'll watch!

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Posted 15 November 2010 - 05:50 PM

Send it to Cuba

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Posted 03 December 2010 - 08:51 PM

#1 - Even 150 is at least 30 too many in my opinion. Must be a shorter season, so teams that are out of the playoff race early on aren't playing for nothing for a while.
#2 - Agree.
#3 - A salary cap negates the need for this really.
#4 - Cut it BY 2 weeks is a better option IMO. You've got to remember, that if they keep the # of games the same, this is where each team gets the majority of its "practice".
#5 - Don't agree on the 2 throws to first base max. But what I DO believe in is a delay of game penalty, in which the batter takes his base. Take longer than the count of 10 to pitch/throw/etc, batter walks.. Pitching warm-ups only happen in bullpen, otherwise, what the hell is the bullpen for? But 3 warm-up pitches is more than enough and I agree.

-1 minute breaks, max between changing sides.
-3 minutes breaks between innings.
-No breaks for relief pitchers except their 3 warm up pitches.
-Only a combined 5-6 mound appearances by catcher/coaching staff throughout game. Why the manager even needs to go to the mound to make a change is absurd anyway, as he can talk to his team/pitching staff with a phone and all the time between changes/innings/and when his team is at bat.
-Salary cap.
-Expand playoffs to AT LEAST 12 teams total. No best of 7 until ALCS/NLCS/WS.
-No 1 game playoffs to see who makes the playoffs. Use tiebreakers. You must have one when playing 150+ games, no?

That's all I can think of for now..

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Posted 04 December 2010 - 10:17 PM

1) Salary Cap/Minimum is an absolute must.
2) Dramatically shorten the season. I'm talking about 100 games or less per season. There is no need that teams need to be going stretches of 14+ consecutive days with games. You solve this by limiting teams to a 3 game weekend series and then a 2 game weekday series with at least 2 days a week that a team doesn't play.
3) Add at least 2 more playoff teams.

As a side note, the game play itself does not need to be changed. If you don't like the sport the way it is played, then don't watch. But if you make the games more meaningful (by playing fewer games) then the games automatically become more interesting because more is riding on each game.

#24 Squirrel


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Posted 06 December 2010 - 11:01 AM

Add a Innings clock. Have it 10 minute period per batting 20 per inning no stopping of the clock is allowed. After 10 minutes or 3 outs that part of the the inning is over no matter what.

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Posted 06 December 2010 - 11:14 AM

I agree with the folks saying leave the game itself alone. I'm not a huge fan of the game but I get what they are saying.

Cut the season. Get the World Series back in early October.
Salary cap & Salary floor.

#26 c0r


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Posted 24 January 2011 - 07:42 PM

Add two more wild cards.

this. (1 per league so 5 teams make the playoffs)

Give managers 2 challenges for bad calls. (I've come around to new-fangled thinkin)

the challenge system is dumb. even in the NFL i dont like it. if the call is wrong, it should be corrected, end of story.

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Posted 24 January 2011 - 07:43 PM

add a innings clock. Have it 10 minute period per batting 20 per inning no stopping of the clock is allowed. After 10 minutes or 3 outs that part of the the inning is over no matter what.


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Posted 25 January 2011 - 09:00 AM

1) Just get rid of the designated hitter. Make those AL pitchers stand at the plate.

2) No more than two pitchers can be on the mound in the same inning (exception can be made for injury). I understand the strategy of matching pitchers to hitters weaknesses but the five plus minutes between each pitcher change is annoying to the fans.

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Posted 25 January 2011 - 02:23 PM

A lot of talk about adding a salary cap, but really I think adding a salary floor would be the better move. Make teams like the Pirates, Padres, etc spend the money they have. As it stands now, the Pirates are pretty much a farm team for the entire league; any stars they have end up getting traded for a bunch of up and coming prospects, who will eventually be traded too. It's going to keep going on until they are forced to spend money.

A cap could definitely be good, as sometimes teams have no control of whether a player wants to stay or leave, and a winning team like the Yankees essentially handing them a blank check certainly doesn't help.

Also maybe start the season the day after the Super Bowl :D

#30 TheMostInterestingMan


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Posted 30 January 2011 - 07:01 PM

Easy, just bring a team to NC ;)