What do you think about this?
Jayson Stark of ESPN wrote…
The third rule is the one I hope gets approved more than the rest. The infamous third to first move … fake the pick-off move to third and then look to first … might be made a balk. While this fake move might lead to pick-offs in little league, the move in the major league is often used to see if runners on first are leaning toward stealing second, or if the batter might be squaring for a possible safety squeeze. It’s a micromanaging strategic move that managers use. But it also slows the game down and makes it longer, and I think we can all agree that isn’t a good thing.
It seems there are any number of ways to make the game faster without removing a strategic tool. For example, enforcing the rule about time between pitches, or having players run on and off the field every time. Right now only the home team in the top of the 1st inning runs out there, and that’s just for show. How about having the batter get in the batter’s box in a reasonable amount of time or force them to keep one foot in the box at all times between pitches so they can’t take a lap around the home plate circle after each pitch? How about making hitters wear all their at-bat body armor / protective gear while running around the bases so every base hit doesn’t require a commercial break for him to take off his samurai armor? How about limiting all the pitchers’ pre-pitch genuflecting and pointing to the heavens and the superstitious pre-pitch routines of MLB hitters?
Where will this lead? Will pitchers no longer be allowed a fake to second base?
The baseball rules should be treated with a bit more sanctity… like the US constitution. When was the last time The Bible was changed? Hmmm…some of those commandments are a bit inconvenient, maybe we should contact The Pope