FORT MYERS Fla. — Baseball, our timeless national pastime, has a time problem. A rash of rule changes announced last week by Major League Baseball included several intended to keep things moving. The most controversial: Beginning in 2020, relief pitchers must face at least three batters unless the side is retired or an injury occurs. It’s a dramatic attempt to reduce relentless mid-inning pitching changes that crept into the game in recent years. That’s not the main reason games take well over three hours — we’ll get to that in a moment — but it doesn’t help. Too often we’ve seen managers use four relievers to get three outs in the seventh inning with a four-run lead, bringing the proceedings to a halt and sending sleepy moms, dads and their children staggering for the exits. To many of us, pulling a reliever who retired a batter on one or two pitches seemed a waste of manpower. Why take out a guy who’s doing his job? We applaud … [Read more...] about Will Major League Baseball’s rule changes actually do anything to speed up the game?
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Bobby Nightengale Cincinnati Enquirer Published 3:01 PM EDT Mar 14, 2019 GOODYEAR, Ariz. – There will be one trade deadline, a new way to vote for All-Star teams and perhaps more player interest in the home run derby this season. Major League Baseball and the Players Association announced several rule changes, including a few that are effective this season. The trade deadline will remain on July 31, but August trade waivers will be eliminated. It could have a big impact on the Reds who have eight players in the final year of their contracts: Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp, Scooter Gennett, Alex Wood, Tanner Roark, David Hernandez, Jared Hughes and Zach Duke. Hughes has a $3 million club option for the 2020 season. “What is fascinating is that even the smallest rule change, I don't think you can ever fully grasp all of the consequences,” said Dick Williams, the Reds’ president of baseball operations. “At the end of the day, you take the approach that … [Read more...] about Cincinnati Reds ready to adapt to new Major League Baseball rule changes
MGM Resorts International has signed a deal to become the official gaming and entertainment partner of Major League Baseball. The company and the MLB announced the agreement on Nov. 27. The partnership will include MGM gaming promotions across MLB digital and broadcast platforms. MGM will also gain access to MLB's "enhanced statistics" for use in its sports betting operations, which are expanding following the U.S. Supreme Court's overturning of the federal ban on sports betting last year. "We are excited to enter into this historic partnership with MLB. We are thrilled to create a new one-of-a-kind fan experience for baseball fans," MGM Resorts Chairman and CEO Jim Murren said in a statement. "Combining MGM Resorts' world class entertainment and technology with MLB data will continue to transform a rapidly changing industry." MGM has already signed similar partnership deals with the National Basketball Association and National Hockey League. MGM currently offers sports betting in New … [Read more...] about MGM becomes official gaming partner of Major League Baseball as sports betting expands
By J.P. Hoornstra | [email protected] | Daily NewsPUBLISHED: September 26, 2018 at 5:55 pm | UPDATED: September 26, 2018 at 5:57 pm ANAHEIM — Andrelton Simmons leaned into the black reclining chair at his locker in the Angels’ clubhouse, his eyes closed. Beneath his seat, Simmons bounced a baseball off the floor, from his left hand to his right hand, back and forth, over and over. The shortstop was steeped in trance-like concentration as he studied the sensation of the ball’s leather surface against his fingertips. This was a test. “I feel like it’s a BP ball,” Simmons said. “The seams are higher. Where did you get this?” Batting practice, I confessed. It was October 2017. Dodger Stadium. While the players took BP, a ball rolled to my feet in foul territory as if drawn by magnetic force. I picked it up and scanned my surroundings. No one seemed to be looking for a baseball, so I pocketed my pillage. A month later I received an official … [Read more...] about A major-league baseball vs. a Triple-A ball: Can players tell the difference?
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Subscribe Log In Feature For Mets fans, the broadcast trio have figured out how to do the impossible: make baseball fun again. From left: Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez in the broadcast booth in August. Credit Credit Dolly Faibyshev/Redux, for The New York Times Supported by ByDevin Gordon Sept. 25, 2018 ‘Look at my foot,” Keith Hernandez said. The air in the Mets’ broadcast booth was a swamp — July in Flushing — and it hadn’t budged in three innings. At this point, it was only technically air. The Mets were opening what should have been an important series against a division rival, the Washington Nationals, but it hadn’t worked out that way. The Nats were underperforming, as they do, and the Mets were Metsing away another season at their usual velocity. Keith had kicked off his burgundy leather driving moccasins in the top … [Read more...] about Major League Baseball According to Gary Keith and Ron