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View Poll Results: Should the regular season be shortened
Yes, shorten the regular season 23 44.23%
No, keep it as it is 29 55.77%
Voters: 52. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 04-29-2018, 04:23 PM
 
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Fans seem to evenly split on this issue, with a slight edge to keeping it at 162.


https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018/...ll-season.html
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Old 04-30-2018, 05:06 AM
 
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20 second pitch clock- called ball penalty. Batters step out of box called strike. Batter walking up to hit has 10 secs to get in box- called strike for violation. No catcher visits..use signs. No infielder visits to mound. The game has too much down time which causes announcers to rattle on about mindless BS.
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Old 04-30-2018, 04:09 PM
 
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20 second pitch clock- called ball penalty. Batters step out of box called strike. Batter walking up to hit has 10 secs to get in box- called strike for violation. No catcher visits..use signs. No infielder visits to mound. The game has too much down time which causes announcers to rattle on about mindless BS.
The last thing baseball needs is penalties. That's what makes it unique, it doesn't have all sorts of infractions about players and coaches doing things wrong, at least not in comparison to basketball, football, and hockey.

I suppose you could enact those if you wanted to water down the game with unnecessarily penalties, and more "bad" calls to anger each team and its fans when things didn't go their way. In NBA/NFL/NHL, it distinctly feels like the referees are managing the flow of games, as opposed to the action on the court/field/ice, which leads to further speculation regarding who the league wants to see win/etc.

Unless you yourself have ever pitched, stepped in the box for an at bat, or played defense on a baseball field, you would understand why everything takes so "long". For the guys out there, none of this takes long at all.

Baseball is not for those with short attention spans, it never has been, never will be, and never should be. It is a "pastime". The bigger question to ask is why we think we no longer have any time to pass.
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Old 05-04-2018, 12:30 AM
 
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Rizzo agrees w/ me. He must have read this message board.


'We play too much baseball'


Anthony Rizzo of Chicago Cubs OK with taking pay cut for fewer games, says 'We play too much baseball'

"In a perfect world, we'd start the season later and play a few scheduled doubleheaders going into an off day," he said. "As a fan you're going to a baseball game in April, and it's raining, snowing and [with] freezing rain. Is it really that much fun? That's my question."

Is rain and snow with freezing rain at football games really that fun? No but that's the way it is.

More baseball, not less.
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Old 05-14-2018, 11:20 PM
 
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With the exception of the NFL, all regular seasons are too long. Why ? Because they are meaningless. No one cares about a 3 game series before July between any two teams with the exception of Dodgers/Giants, Yankees/ Red Sox or Cardinals/Cubs. Totally meaningless.

A game on Christmas between say the Warriors and the Cavaliers also meaningless by the time the playoffs role around. In MLB it’s not because too many teams make the playoffs, there’s just too many games, in the NBA and NHL it’s because too many teams make the post season.

You can throw in college basketball. No one cares about college basketball until the opening round of the tournament.

At least in the NFL, every game counts, a team can lose in Week one and miss the playoffs by one game and it is meaningful.

Plus in MLB all i see are 1/2 empty stadiums in April no matter who is playing. The weather is horrible and why go in April when you can go in the summer
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Old 05-15-2018, 08:06 AM
 
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An NFL team can lose the first few games of the season and still make the playoffs if they win their division. Teams with losing records have made the playoffs.

College football is the only sport where every game matters and they're trying to mess that up with expanded playoffs.
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Old 05-16-2018, 06:58 AM
 
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In my opinion, the season is long enough that it evens out the lows and highs of teams and players. Teams and plsyers commonly slump over 10-15 games or they streak for 10-15 games. But over 162 games, that evens out. I feel like, in general, the best team in each division does indeed win their division.

Could they go to 154? Sure, I suppose so. Based on my logic, shortening the season by 8 games isn't a big deal. But more DH to shorten the season? That's probably not a good solution. Considering that most games are played outdoors, adding in forced DH along with day-night or twi-night DH for makeup games doesn't seem like a great idea.

Baseball thrives on its stats that go back to the dawn of time. There's a lot of history there. People don't follow the sport simply because of the numbers, but I think many people have a good idea of what these numbers mean. And that gets lost if the season is shortened too much or if the game duration is lowered to something like 7 innings. Hell, a 7 inning game would probably change the sport a lot more than a 100 game season would.
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Old 05-16-2018, 09:05 AM
 
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Well 154 was the standard for most of the records so that's a good number. Plus it allows for a later start and finish to the season, with DHs. It doesn't seem like it would make a big difference but it does. It's a good idea to drop back to that number. Get baseball back to over in Oct and started in spring, not winter.
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Old 05-20-2018, 06:37 PM
 
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There’s no reason for 162 games but unfortunately they can’t change it cuz of the record books. But if we could restart history baseball would only be about 100-120 games and the games would be quite faster. Part of the reason players take ped is they are bored and need energy. It must feel like a real grind to travel and never get any days off. Maybe baseball should be 3 days off 4 days on with some double headers. Not fair that players get no summer vacation. Millions of dollars with no time to enjoy their lives. At least in Nba almost every other day is off. In baseball there’s no days off. And you travel on off days. No need for 162 games plus extended preseason and spring training plus long playoffs.
Are you even a fan of baseball? The reason is because it started in 1961. Records/stats are very important to Baseball fans. Perhaps if we could start baseball over they would use a football and call it football! I fail to understand what point you are trying to make other than you are not a fan of baseball. Do you actually feel bad for the baseball players who make more money than most everybody even in sports. They have plenty of time to spend their money from November to March and when they retire at the young age of 40!
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Old 05-20-2018, 06:40 PM
 
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Lightbulb Ah-Ha I've got it!

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Well 154 was the standard for most of the records so that's a good number. Plus it allows for a later start and finish to the season, with DHs. It doesn't seem like it would make a big difference but it does. It's a good idea to drop back to that number. Get baseball back to over in Oct and started in spring, not winter.
Keep it as it is except add in double headers every Sunday and expand the rosters to 27 players. I would like to see the season go from April 7th thru October 10th (including the World Series).
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