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  1. #3016
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    Quote Originally Posted by thawv View Post
    All of this!

    I also suspect that there will still be 4 umps on the field at all times. The home plate will still be calling balls and strikes. Except he will be wearing an ear piece that indicates when a pitch is a strike, or a ball. However they want to do it. Each player would have to get their strike zone set to their height and batting stance. So the vertical would be different each time a new hitter steps to the plate.

    There is literally nothing negative with getting the calls correct. Nothing at all. So many innings, and even games have been decided by bad balls and strikes calls. Hitting with a 1-2 count, instead of a 2-1 count is incredibly different. Same with 2-2 count instead of a 3-1 count.

    Home plate umpires are wrong 14% of the time with their calls. And that includes pitches WAY off the plate, or right down the middle. They are awful, game changing, and need to be relieved of their balls/strikes duties. You would completely think that they would be so on board with this because they get exposed on a daily basis. It's just so embarrassing for them. And when these over sensitive morons get challenged on something they clearly missed, they double down and throw the player/coach, who is correct, out to of the game. It's just so shameful and bad for the game.
    Almost correct. Every player will have his height measured. Then the bottom of the strike zone will be set at 28% of his height and the top of the strike zone wi!l be set at 56% of his height. There will not be any changes made based on the batter's batting stance. Hitters can still get into a low crouch, but their strike zone will not be adjusted to reflect their crouch. At least that's how the part of AAA that used to be the PCL is going to implement the robo-ump this year.
    Last edited by Stevemil505; 01-16-2022 at 08:39 PM.

  2. #3017
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    Quote Originally Posted by chicagofan08 View Post
    Some details from yesterday:

    If you are age 28 at the end of the year you become a free agent. Both the Union and owners benefit.

    The vast majority of players currently become free agents at a later age than 28. But the owners get an extra season or two of control for highly touted prospects.

    And with the above listed rule once a prospect is deemed big league ready, and an everyday spot is available, there’s no reason at all for a promotion not to occur.

    Would be curious though how high the draft pick is for potential award compensation. A sandwich pick between round one and two, while a good perk, might not be worth an extra year of control for a Julio Rodriguez caliber talent.

    As for expanded playoffs I would have three wild card slots and the top two seeds getting byes.

  3. #3018
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stevemil505 View Post
    Almost correct. Every player will have his height measured. Then the bottom of the strike zone will be set at 28% of his height and the top of the strike zone wi!l be set at 56% of his height. There will not be any changes made based on the batter's batting stance. Hitters can still get into a low crouch, but their strike zone will not be adjusted to reflect their crouch. At least that's how the part of AAA that used to be the PCL is going to implement the robo-ump this year.
    Thanks for that info. Sounds like a fair way to do it.

    At the end of the day, with today's technology, coupled with the awful balls and strikes calls, this should no longer be an option. It should be a must.

  4. #3019
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    Cardinals get small-market bonus pool money for international signings. What a load of BS. They're consistently the #2 in the MLB in attendance after the Dodgers. They get more fans in the seats than the Cubs! Hope they change that in the CBA lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stratos View Post
    Cardinals get small-market bonus pool money for international signings. What a load of BS. They're consistently the #2 in the MLB in attendance after the Dodgers. They get more fans in the seats than the Cubs! Hope they change that in the CBA lol.
    I don't think the size of the stadium has anything to do with the size of the market but I suppose I could be mistaken

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    This MLBTR article describes the glory years of the Championship run with the core to it's demise in 2021. Notably the rise of the rotation with Arrieta, Lester, & Hendricks to last year's debacle with Hendricks & Davies. Team ERA went from 2.96 in 2016 (1st in MLB) to 26th last year with a mark of 5.27.

    https://twitter.com/mlbtraderumors/s...77464734138372

    Some excerpts:

    Last season, as most of Major League Baseball moved incontrovertibly towards a high velocity, strikeout-forward approach, the Cubs put together a soft-tossing rotation not at all focused on missing bats. Headlined by*Kyle Hendricks*and*Zach Davies, perhaps the two preeminent control artists in the sport, the Cubs unique approach aimed–quite literally–to induce weak contact rather than avoid it. If success was a long shot, there was at least a strategy, even if their zag to the league’s zig was prompted by need.

    They’ve already made strides, putting together a less gimmicky rotation than last year, scooping*Wade Miley*off the waiver wire and signing one of the top free agent arms in*Marcus Stroman.

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