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Bringing baseball back - this aint never gonna work!
Posted by: RgrF
Date: July 02, 2020 11:36PM
There's also a ban on spitting, which many baseball players do conspicuously. Spitting, "including but not limited to saliva, sunflower seeds or peanut shells, or tobacco," is prohibited.

What's next? No crotch scratching?
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Re: Bringing baseball back - this aint never gonna work!
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: July 03, 2020 12:15AM
The field stuff is all kind of a farce, since they have to sit on the bench and then go into the locker room, where they surely won't keep 6 ft apart.
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Re: Bringing baseball back - this aint never gonna work!
Posted by: Speedy
Date: July 03, 2020 08:21AM
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mrbigstuff
The field stuff is all kind of a farce, since they have to sit on the bench and then go into the locker room, where they surely won't keep 6 ft apart.

They can put benches on the field on either side of the dugout. Same for the locker rooms; put some lockers in the hallways, etc. The players don’t have to shower.

But how do the players maintain distance on the field of play?



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Re: Bringing baseball back - this aint never gonna work!
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: July 03, 2020 10:44AM
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Speedy
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mrbigstuff
The field stuff is all kind of a farce, since they have to sit on the bench and then go into the locker room, where they surely won't keep 6 ft apart.

They can put benches on the field on either side of the dugout. Same for the locker rooms; put some lockers in the hallways, etc. The players don’t have to shower.

But how do the players maintain distance on the field of play?

Those are some tight quarters, not sure that is physically possible, even if they have no extras on the bench.
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Re: Bringing baseball back - this aint never gonna work!
Posted by: freeradical
Date: July 03, 2020 10:48AM
Of all the various sports, I think that baseball is one where they could bring the fans back in a limited fashion.

It is played outside, so the risk of people getting infected from someone else is quite low if people are kept at appropriate distances, and required to wear masks.

Baseball could even give away large numbers of tickets for free via some sort of lottery. Or perhaps sell them at just enough of a price to cover their stadium operating expenses. This would certainly earn them some goodwill with the fans.
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Re: Bringing baseball back - this aint never gonna work!
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: July 03, 2020 01:31PM
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RgrF
There's also a ban on spitting, which many baseball players do conspicuously. Spitting, "including but not limited to saliva, sunflower seeds or peanut shells, or tobacco," is prohibited.

What's next? No crotch scratching?

How about a Designated Spitter?
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Re: Bringing baseball back - this aint never gonna work!
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: July 03, 2020 03:03PM
I did just read that the Sox are using luxury box suites to change in rather than the clubhouse, so I guess they can chill with distance.
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Re: Bringing baseball back - this aint never gonna work!
Posted by: Speedy
Date: July 03, 2020 03:21PM
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RgrF
There's also a ban on spitting, which many baseball players do conspicuously. Spitting, "including but not limited to saliva, sunflower seeds or peanut shells, or tobacco," is prohibited.

What's next? No crotch scratching?

How about a Designated Spitter?

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Re: Bringing baseball back - this aint never gonna work!
Posted by: Ca Bob
Date: July 03, 2020 05:03PM
The last I looked, baseball was planning to introduce the designated hitter to all games, signifying a tragic step down in the history of the game. It takes out a whole level of strategy and, in addition, takes away the advantage of a "good hitting pitcher." I remember one time in the bottom of the ninth, they sent up Don Drysdale as the pinch hitter. He actually connected with a long fly ball that sadly failed to go over the fence. There were a lot of complete games in the old days, even though there wasn't a DH.
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Re: Bringing baseball back - this aint never gonna work!
Posted by: freeradical
Date: July 03, 2020 05:37PM
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Ca Bob
The last I looked, baseball was planning to introduce the designated hitter to all games, signifying a tragic step down in the history of the game. It takes out a whole level of strategy and, in addition, takes away the advantage of a "good hitting pitcher." I remember one time in the bottom of the ninth, they sent up Don Drysdale as the pinch hitter. He actually connected with a long fly ball that sadly failed to go over the fence. There were a lot of complete games in the old days, even though there wasn't a DH.

They're also introducing a new rule where if there are extra innings, a base runner is automatically placed on second at the start of each team's half inning.

This sounds like little league to me. I'm surprised they haven't decided to go with a aluminum bats as well.
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Re: Bringing baseball back - this aint never gonna work!
Posted by: raz
Date: July 03, 2020 06:58PM
They could save money on expensive pitchers by putting the ball on some sort of Tee-shaped device at home plate.



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Re: Bringing baseball back - this aint never gonna work!
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: July 03, 2020 08:56PM
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Ca Bob
The last I looked, baseball was planning to introduce the designated hitter to all games, signifying a tragic step down in the history of the game. It takes out a whole level of strategy and, in addition, takes away the advantage of a "good hitting pitcher." I remember one time in the bottom of the ninth, they sent up Don Drysdale as the pinch hitter. He actually connected with a long fly ball that sadly failed to go over the fence. There were a lot of complete games in the old days, even though there wasn't a DH.

And I've seen home runs hit and strike outs during intentional walks. Not anymore.
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