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Old 03-12-2012, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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No to all the above. If I were baseball dictator there would be no DH and no inter-league play.
I posed that only as hypothetical to be discussed by people who hate baseball and want all the rules to be changed in order to maximize concession sales at the ballpark and TV revenues and orders for MLB-licensed apparel, and get more girls in halter tops at the ballpark waving inane sign with the letters ESPN in bold red, and "speed up" a game that's played around 36 minutes of commercial breaks. You know, like, "good for baseball".
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Old 03-12-2012, 02:15 PM
 
Location: NE PA
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when was the last time you saw a pitcher put into an infield or outfield position as a defensive replacement?

Roy Oswalt in LF for the Phils...

Oswalt plays left field for Phillies in Astros' wild 16-inning win - Big League Stew - MLB*Blog - Yahoo! Sports
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Old 03-12-2012, 02:16 PM
 
Location: NE PA
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I do think Bud Selig is hell bent on turning MLB into Arena Football....
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Old 03-12-2012, 04:08 PM
 
Location: Hometown of Jason Witten
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I posed that only as hypothetical to be discussed by people who hate baseball and want all the rules to be changed in order to maximize concession sales at the ballpark and TV revenues and orders for MLB-licensed apparel, and get more girls in halter tops at the ballpark waving inane sign with the letters ESPN in bold red, and "speed up" a game that's played around 36 minutes of commercial breaks. You know, like, "good for baseball".
Amen, Bro. I'm with you on this one.
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Old 03-13-2012, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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If they wanted to do something to create interest in games, why not allow--here comes the heresy, so brace yourselves--women to play on major league teams? I find it impossible to imagine that there aren't any women out there who wouldn't play at least as well, if not better, than some of the men on major league rosters today.

Perhaps Selig is worried that this might eventually result in a female Commissioner of Baseball, which would put him out of a job.
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Old 03-13-2012, 09:07 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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If they wanted to do something to create interest in games, why not allow--here comes the heresy, so brace yourselves--women to play on major league teams? I find it impossible to imagine that there aren't any women out there who wouldn't play at least as well, if not better, than some of the men on major league rosters today.

Perhaps Selig is worried that this might eventually result in a female Commissioner of Baseball, which would put him out of a job.
No way. There might be one or two women who could play baseball competitively at some level above high school, but there is no way any female player could play in the big leagues.

The men's Olympic record for the 200-meters is 10% faster than the women's record, for the long jump is 20% farther, and for the Javelin throw it's 27% longer. There no way any female olympian could come anywhere near competing in a field of men in those events, and it would take some big explaining to tell why baseball would be any different..

However, there is nothing in the rules of baseball that says a player must be a human being, so a team could train a retired Greyhound as a pinch runner. It would be easy, just teach the dog to obey the commands of the first base coach, and run to the next base on cue. Like this dog, but hopefully with a more favorable result, since a dog's gotta do what a dog's gotta do:

http://www.wimp.com/dogcourse/

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Old 03-13-2012, 05:10 PM
 
Location: Parts Unknown, Northern California
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However, there is nothing in the rules of baseball that says a player must be a human being, so a team could train a retired Greyhound as a pinch runner. It would be easy, just teach the dog to obey the commands of the first base coach, and run to the next base on cue. Like this dog, but hopefully with a more favorable result, since a dog's gotta do what a dog's gotta do:

Dog obstacle course fail. [VIDEO]
Sorry, but you'd have to run your idea through Bud Selig first. After the 1954 stunt with Eddie Gaedel batting for the Browns, MLB reacted by establishing a new rule requiring all contracts to be approved by the commissioner.

My goodness, jtur, you have led us from considering the possibility of the NL adopting a rule which has already existed for four decades in the AL, to pinch runner racing dogs. You have taken your teflon coated slippery slope, affixed it to the side of a steep cliff, greased it with Crisco and dived head first.
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Old 03-14-2012, 03:34 PM
 
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It better not happen. Get rid of the DH period.
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Old 03-14-2012, 04:55 PM
 
Location: Parts Unknown, Northern California
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It better not happen. Get rid of the DH period.
Or else...?
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Old 03-15-2012, 01:04 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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No way. There might be one or two women who could play baseball competitively at some level above high school, but there is no way any female player could play in the big leagues.
When you stop looking at statistics for athletic performance, and consider the level to which major league play has been watered down, I suspect that there are plenty of women who could compete at the modern major league level. If they happen to run a few percentage points slower than medal-winning runners, or couldn't pitch a ball at 97mph but merely 92, I doubt anyone would notice the difference when watching teams with three or four women on the roster. (And the best women would arguably be playing better than the more mediocre men).

Of course, if you have women on the team and there's a locker room scandal that makes the front pages of the tabloids, DH will acquire a new meaning (do you let the Designated Hussy bat, or not?)
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