Page 1 of 5 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 45

Thread: MLB survey: What's the one thing you would change about baseball?

  1. #1
    Journeyman Pauly's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Atlanta
    Posts
    3,447

    MLB survey: What's the one thing you would change about baseball?

    So the MLB sent me this survey via email. Most of it is BS about how you watch the game and how often you attend games, but there is one good open-ended question asking: If you could change one thing about the on-field game, what would it be?

    My answer is below but so super disappointing there was nowhere to rant about the antiquated horrible blackout rules regarding MLB.tv

    Here's the link if you want to participate: https://mlb.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/fo...BWqfhDg3Ryrnqm

    Now, at the risk of self-disqualification, I put a two-part answer to the question above:
    "Use robo umps for balls and strikes, and remove Angel Hernandez from any aspect of Major League Baseball."

    One goes hand-in-glove with the other, am I right?

  2. #2
    Welcome to the Big Leagues, Kid harmon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    canada
    Posts
    1,263
    Agree with robo umps for balls and strikes. It's overdue.

  3. #3
    All Star GwynnInTheHall's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Old Pueblo
    Posts
    9,065
    The ABS system should absolutely be added to the game. I also think that when a call is over turned, the Ump in the replay box should have to forward the video they used to do so and allow teams to play them for the fans if they choose to do so.
    If I whisper my wicked marching orders into the ether with no regard to where or how they may bear fruit, I am blameless should a broken spirit carry those orders out upon the innocent, for it was not my hand that took the action merely my lips which let slip their darkest wish. ~Daniel Devereaux 2011

    Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.

  4. #4
    Do I get two things if the first thing I'd do would be to fire Angel Hernandez?
    I'm just here for the baseball.

  5. #5
    All Star Kevin Seitzer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    8,747
    I expect if/when the ABS system comes to the major leagues that it will likely be the challenge system, where each team gets certain limited number of challenges to the umpire's ball/strike calls, rather than a full replacement of the home plate umpire's judgment with the machine. Otherwise you would be radically changing the nature of position of catcher, to one where you don't have to care how the catcher receives the ball, or with the bases empty, whether he catches the pitches at all, and offensively it quickly becomes a position similar to right field.
    "Jesus said to them, 'Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you.'"

  6. #6
    All Star heyelander's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Sactown
    Posts
    9,890
    Hopefully we are taking the first steps toward this, but I would like Minor League players to be treated better.
    I'm not expecting to grow flowers in the desert...

  7. #7
    MVP The Feral Slasher's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Seattle
    Posts
    12,060
    Quote Originally Posted by chancellor View Post
    Do I get two things if the first thing I'd do would be to fire Angel Hernandez?
    watching the Astros - Orioles game I can't believe anyone is worse than Lance Barrett.

  8. #8
    MVP The Feral Slasher's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Seattle
    Posts
    12,060
    Quote Originally Posted by The Feral Slasher View Post
    watching the Astros - Orioles game I can't believe anyone is worse than Lance Barrett.
    hold my beer, says whoever is umpiring the braves-phillies games

  9. #9
    All Star GwynnInTheHall's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Old Pueblo
    Posts
    9,065
    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Seitzer View Post
    I expect if/when the ABS system comes to the major leagues that it will likely be the challenge system, where each team gets certain limited number of challenges to the umpire's ball/strike calls, rather than a full replacement of the home plate umpire's judgment with the machine.
    This would be a mistake. The issue is Umpire accountability. everyone else in MLB is pretty much accountable to the press, the fans et al. Except the Umps. They can influence the outcome of a game with NO accountability. Players train to know the zone--they shouldn't be expected to accommodate every umps specific/different zone and THEN get tossed for arguing what they know to be a bad call. So a guy like Hedges gets minimalized in the process, others will benefit from the openings behind the plate.

    Umps need to be held publicly accountable or be preplaced.

    BTW get rid of the Blackout policy--it sucks.
    If I whisper my wicked marching orders into the ether with no regard to where or how they may bear fruit, I am blameless should a broken spirit carry those orders out upon the innocent, for it was not my hand that took the action merely my lips which let slip their darkest wish. ~Daniel Devereaux 2011

    Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.

  10. #10
    Quote Originally Posted by GwynnInTheHall View Post
    This would be a mistake. The issue is Umpire accountability. everyone else in MLB is pretty much accountable to the press, the fans et al. Except the Umps. They can influence the outcome of a game with NO accountability. Players train to know the zone--they shouldn't be expected to accommodate every umps specific/different zone and THEN get tossed for arguing what they know to be a bad call. So a guy like Hedges gets minimalized in the process, others will benefit from the openings behind the plate.

    Umps need to be held publicly accountable or be preplaced.

    BTW get rid of the Blackout policy--it sucks.
    I'll take the other side on this. Keeping the integrity of the catching position is crucial. Knowing they can be challenged on a bad call and embarrassed if it is overturned should result in umpire accountability, especially when ample games have been played to compare the number of overturned calls for each umpire. Sure, stats like that are tracked, and used by gamblers and DFS players, but that's not the same as having to publicly see a ball/strike call reversed.
    Follow me on Twitter @ToddZola

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •