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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row gap=”10″][vc_column][vc_column_text]The game of baseball is evolving. Over the past decade MLB has implemented a number of rule changes — the universal designated hitter, pitching change limits, extra inning “ghost runners,” etc. — that, when you stack them up on top of each other and throw them into the official rulebook, redefine the way the games plays.

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Blake Treinen calls them “trash.”

“When my kids grow up. I want to teach them the same game I grew up playing.”

Has anyone informed Mr. Treinen that more “trash” is coming his way — very soon. The game is moving quickly to adopt the pitchers clock at the MLB level. The league is also working to incorporate an automated strike zone.

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred argues the changes being implemented will make the game faster, stronger, better.

Has it, made the game better? If so, please define better.

Is faster, better?

What makes baseball better is defined by a number of factors. Baseball — The National Pastime — stood apart from other sports because of its distinctive features.

For example, unlike football, basketball, soccer or hockey, the game was never measured and determined by a clock. It was a distinctive of the game. Notice the use of past tense there. The pitch clock is coming. Period.

Until recently, baseball was the only sport that took into consideration the “human element” of a team or player. Name one other sport that includes errors in its linescore? But MLB sees errors as a weakness. The game is flawed, let’s clean it up. Let’s eliminate the margin of error, whether it’s a blown call or any strategy that will slow down the pace of the game. I mean, come on, pick it up. I don’t have time for all these multiple instances of pitch-catch-pitch-swing-catch-pitch-swing-run-catch over and over and over again. I’ve got selfies to take. A TikTok account to manage. Stop thinking so much and hurry up. I don’t have the patience for this.

Where is the data that supports this philosophy? Better yet, is there data that supports the changes or is this based on societal “norms” that plays on the emotional trigger of our desire for all things now? I’d like to see that data.

Why has the game changed? Because MLB believes society isn’t interested in sitting down for three hours to watch 10 minutes of action.

Baseball is a chess match, a thinking man’s sport; not a kinetic, rapid fire video game.

Baseball is changing, alright. It is becoming a game that is morphing into a stew of every other sport. Soon, it will become homogeneous and unrecognizable. Well, expect for the small pockets of teens who want to see a real live video game.

I recommend you read the story in today’s L.A. Times, then ask yourself the one question: Is baseball better?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_btn title=”READ THE STORY” style=”flat” shape=”square” color=”black” size=”sm” align=”center” link=”|target:_blank”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row gap=”10″][vc_column][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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John Strubel

Hi. My name is John Strubel. Thanks for visiting my website. I write primarily about my passion: baseball. In addition, I occasionally publish posts and podcasts related to sports media, journalism and technology impacting the industry. You can also connect with me on social media @johnstrubel.

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