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Say No to Robo
It seems that umpires are missing more and more calls when it comes to balls and strikes. What needs to be done? Since technology has come so far in such a short amount of time, should an automated strike zone, a Roboump, be implemented to better call the game? Sounds all nice and packaged with a bow on top but I think we are missing the point. Let's talk about it!
Pop-ups 3 - Mensa Man Project
Mensa Member, Nick Elam, suggests several ways to make the game more exciting for fans as well as players. Mensa Man Project
Umpire or Empire
The words Umpire and Empire don’t seem to have anything in common. In fact, the former rules over its subjects while the later arbitrates between two subjects. But is the first letter of these words slowly becoming the only difference? Are umpires making sure the game is under control or are they trying to take control of the game? This episode takes a dive into some issues, 5 specifically, that I have observed this year concerning umpires and their presence during the game. Do they need...
Pop-ups 2 - ESPN Vs. NY
Who's in control of operations at the MLB? ESPN seems to think they can determine the schedule. Where's Manfred?
Pop-ups 1 - Rizzo's Slide
Was Rizzo's slide at home dirty? I pop-up and chat about it!
Kill the Error
Baseball and its statistics are changing. Especially with the growing popularity of Sabermetrics. Does this mean that traditional pieces of data, such as hits, ERA, OBS, will slowly disappear? In this episode I discuss Brian Kenny's notion that the error is an antiquated metric that needs to go away. I explain why I disagree with his reasoning by addressing six of his quotes well as present my own solution.
For the past 90 years there has been a troop of men armed with gloves and determination. Patiently listening for that one sound that calls them into action: the crack of the bat. They call themselves, ballhawks. These men congregate on Waveland Avenue, sipping on Gatorade, and pining for the coveted homerun ball. Spectators line the street in lawn chairs enjoying the show. It was fun. They weren't in the way. They weren't a nuisance. They were just baseball fans. But things have changed....
Pace of Play Rules 2018
The MLB has instituted new Pace of Play Rules for the 2018 season. This is an attempt to not only shorten the length of the average baseball game, but also to help the action within the game move at a quicker pace. Basically, less dead time and more action. These rule changes, although seemingly minor, may have a major league (see what I did there) effect on the DNA of the game itself. This is the MLB's blueprint for making America's pastime more appealing to the casual fan. In this...