While Analytics causes baseball to bleed, MLB rushes to apply a few tourniquets


Just that day, at lunch at a grill, with a Cleveland Guardians-Chicago White Sox playing on a 100-inch TV behind the bar, a lawyer admitted he didn’t wear Chicago black shirts.

“I loved when Sox had a red item, As in the thirties and fifties, he said.

I said, ‘Do you mean like ‘Go-Go Sox’? “”

yes. The 1959 Go-Go Sox didn’t hit a ton, but she was as nervous and frightened as her little man, Luis Aparicio, who tore up a passepath.

I said, ‘When was the last time any team was described as ‘Go-Go’? “”

He said, “A long time ago.”

In 1988, Ricky Henderson and Vince Coleman stole over 80 bases each. They were the last to reach these heights.

Go-Go is long, long gone.

In 2013, there were eight players who stole over 40 bases. In 2016, there were five. In 2019, there were three.

This year, one dude got a chance: John Bertie — the 32-year-old part-time companion player for the Miami Marlins who played college ball at Bowling Green and drank a cup of coffee with the Clippers — leads the major leagues with 34 stolen bases.

In the age of modern analytics, Bertie’s skill is just a bad metric: there are only too many followers in the game and calculus says that stealing the rules is too risky; And there is much more value to swinging for fences and living with the blows.

Baseball is trying to tackle this problem (Stop-Stop) and others (frustrating long games, oppressive turnovers, general lack of movement, cut/slash salaries) with some new rules.

A little over a week ago, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred announced Changes to be implemented next year: defensive shifts will be prohibited; pitchers will be set around the clock – they will have 15 seconds between pitches when the bases are empty and 20 seconds with runners; The bases will be expanded from 15 to 18 square inches, which will cut 4.5 inches of space between the bases.

We’ll be kicking these one by one in a minute.

This year, the National League adopted the designated hitter and I, as a longtime NL fan, didn’t like him. I have to get over it. The game you grew up on in the ’70s no longer exists.

Baseball evolves.

Beginning in 1968, baseball responded to field dominance, a lack of scoring and an increasingly uninterested fan base by introducing new rules: the shooting hill was lowered (1968), the strike zone was reduced (1969) and the AL began using the rhombus hitter (1973). These changes, fueled by the Rockets’ establishment of free agency, ultimately made the game more appealing. Attendance began to climb.

In this century, amid the rise of modern media and the radically different way entertainment is consumed, especially by young people, the problem of baseball’s importance is more pronounced than it was 54 years ago.

Speeding up the gameplay, cutting down strokes, and shortening the duration of games will not solve the problem. But it’s a start.

I love the court clock, which should reduce hits, increase the number of balls in play and reduce play times. What do you not like?

The average game length last year was 3 hours and 11 minutes. In 1942, Ford Motor Company built three B-24 Liberator bombers every 3 hours and 11 minutes. Best view of the Bomber Building.

Watching a pitcher stand behind the rubber for two minutes while a team of analysts calculate whether it will bounce back quickly or with a sliding piece is ridiculous. You are a major league player throwing into a big league catcher. Pretend you know your business. Let it go, already.

I love the big bases, which, like the pitch clock, yielded encouraging results in the minor league exams. Will large bases increase the number of stolen bases? I’m not too sure about that, but just watching a guy take the initiative further and even thinking about stealing would be a huge leap forward.

I have mixed feelings about shift bans. The new rule states that two attackers must be placed on each side of the second base and all four attackers must be within the outer bounds of the field (Somewhat).

There is a traditional aesthetic to this, Commissioner Rob Manfred said.

“It’s a strange regulation to solve a problem that doesn’t exist,” my attorney said.

yes.

But I hate transformation. I think eliminating it would make breakpoints great again. I think eliminating it would cut 200lbs per second with cast iron gloves.

The shift has been around since Lou Boudreaux of Cleveland imposed it on Ted Williams in 1946. The problem now is that there are teams of analysts calculating new shifts each time. These analysts know that anyone who doesn’t draw, land, or hit hits the ball exactly where the analysts think they’ll hit it.

Does this make anyone like analysts?

Here’s an idea: hit them where they weren’t, like Wee Willie Keeler He was saying – or even bunt ’em where they weren’t.

Forget about the launch angle, even for a second, read the situation, and tackle the bat.

Crazy, I know. And get out of my garden.

marace@dispatch.com


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