When the ball hit the Missouri Lottery sign, I limited myself to two. Two new rules:
THE GROUND RULE DOUBLE
If there are two outs in the inning, runners should advance three bases instead of two. Runners are going on contact in this scenario, and a large percentage of MLB athletes are going to get from 1st to home on a two-out double. It’s the defense who currently benefits from this, and I think the advantage belongs to the guy who just hit 95 over an outfielder’s head.
Exception: Runners should only advance two bases on batted balls that leave the playing field before reaching the fence and foul pole–like a ball that hits the playing field fair and slices over the rail.
A FIFTH UMPIRE
Assign a 5th umpire to each game who is watching from a better vantage point than are the other four: a TV screen.
Are there any logical reasons against this?
- Not willing to devote some of MLB’s $9 billion in gross revenue toward getting calls correct?
- Miss out on the charade of managers walking to the top step, waiting for their lieutenant to phone yet another person. A person who’s watching…a TV.
- Don’t get to ogle Joe West, as he saunters to and fro, using the portable video contraption?
Major increases in technology have managed to coincide with an increase in fan animosity toward the umpires, because they don’t always get to see the better views we do.
This isn’t even balls & strikes–this is whether a ball bounced over an 8-foot wall.
I don’t care if Clint Hurdle is out of challenges.
I don’t care if David Bell is no Kelvin Sampson with a phone.
I don’t care to see Mike Scioscia try to do anything physical in under 10 seconds.
A lot of us watch MLB games with a DVR and a cell phone.
Just not the umpires.