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(Tampa Bay Times)   MLB will have an independent league move the pitching rubber to 61 feet, 6 inches (from 60'6") to see if this increases offense   (tampabay.com) divider line
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2021-04-14 3:53:59 PM  
Offense = homers or offense = more action on the bases? I'd like to see the Home Run Derby returned to the All-Star break.
 
2021-04-14 3:58:54 PM  

edmo: Offense = homers or offense = more action on the bases? I'd like to see the Home Run Derby returned to the All-Star break.


True.
 
2021-04-14 3:59:37 PM  
Teams are already scoring double digit runs.
 
2021-04-14 4:01:14 PM  
Just raise the mound to the 1968 levels.  Problem solved.
 
2021-04-14 4:10:08 PM  
Before "Chicks dig the long ball," nobody had a problem with an old fashioned pitchers duel.  Heck, those games are shorter.
 
2021-04-14 4:17:43 PM  
They're doing it again? Even after the "other" Atlantic League mentioned in the TFH that is literally right below this one did it?
 
2021-04-14 4:27:23 PM  
One of the best games I ever saw live was Roy Halladay against Mark Buehrle.. it was done in under 2 hours. Though I barely got a buzz on.
 
2021-04-14 4:37:04 PM  
There are ways to make baseball more popular.   They usually involve making them less popular for advertisers and more stressful for players, so they aren't going to happen.   I blame Nomar for making PAs three times longer than they should be.
 
2021-04-14 4:37:31 PM  
It's the next story down.
 
2021-04-14 4:43:53 PM  
You want to know the awful truth, or do you want to see them hit some dingers?
 
2021-04-14 4:49:37 PM  

Tr0mBoNe: One of the best games I ever saw live was Roy Halladay against Mark Buehrle.. it was done in under 2 hours. Though I barely got a buzz on.


Yep Buehrle used to have some fast games. One Sox home opener that I went to when he was pitching, I took the day off of work to go, the game was over so quickly that by time I got home, I still had enough time to make it to work on time. That should not have even been possible.

Also, this idea of moving the mound back is going to accomplish one thing, a lot of blown up shoulders.
 
2021-04-14 5:00:08 PM  
Would effectively take 2 mph off the pitch (as if it were pitched at the shorter distance). Honestly I don't see that really changing things much. Does it really matter that Chapman blew it by you at 101 or 99? Or that Ryan Yarborough's eephus is now 73 instead of 75?

But I will make the bold prediction that walks will skyrocket if the strike zone stays the same. Good pitchers live on the edge of the plate and giving a pitch an extra foot to break will just mean more pitches break out of the zone and are called balls. I mean nothing is more exciting than a walk, right? I mean, the quant nerds LOVE walks.
 
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