It's still February, but Spring Training has officially begun, even if it seems kind of insane for it to be happening.
Then again, it was nearly 70 in NYC on Valentine's Day, so why even travel to Arizona to play the games?
Anyway, the new season is almost upon us, with new bases and a new pitch clock that should be very interesting to try and get used to.
Based on that video, it's definitely going to speed up the game, although I'd argue that maybe it could be pushed to 20 seconds rather than 15 between pitches. I am very excited to see how Max Scherzer is going to freak the f*ck out over it though.
Max Scherzer loves new MLB rules, says pitchers 'totally dictate pace'
Huh. Did not have him liking it.
I appears his statement is true. Hot Stove (MLB Network) discusses this and while the batter can't see the clock, the pitcher can and delay or hurry or whatever their delivery keeping batter in even more edgy. If he steps out to get his head back into it, he ends up in the same position, but now can't step out without a penalty.
So far the players seem to be enjoying the rules and especially fan's with more hits and athleticism being displayed.
Games were too long. I like it
I assume I'll be a fan of the clock when watching a TV broadcast and less enthused if I happen to be catching a radio broadcast. One of the joys of a good announcer is their ability to tell stories, and having listened to a few innings of a spring game over the weekend, there was way less time for (for lack of a better phrase) the game to breathe.
Everyone with a sub to The Athletic should check out the Oral History of Joey Votto (with commentary by Joey Votto). Really good stuff.
Every once in a while I think of canceling my subscription, but there’s just enough great stuff in there to make it worth it.
On the bright side, any doubt that Diaz is a met at heart has been removed.
Also, the fact that the Mets is the one sports team across all sports whose date I still have any emotional stake in goes to show just how deeply ingrained my masochism is.
This'll be the last WBC with MLB players.
I doubt it. Enough players seem to love playing for their home countries that the owners would have to agree to some other demand in the next labor agreement for the players to give teams control over who can/cannot play in the WBC.
Is anyone on GWJ setting up a fantasy baseball league?