My Central Jersey – Mike Ashmore-Bridgewater March 12, 2019
This is a recent interview with Mike Sword, Senior VP of the MLB and lead person regarding rule changes in The Atlantic League of Professional Ball Players. It discusses Mike Swords perspective on the new rule changes in The Atlantic League. It is a very interesting article and worth reading.
There have been many mixed emotions on the recent implementation to take place this year. This is considered en experiment for the Atlantic League, while Major League Baseball has yet to consider incorporating any of the changes, over the three year experimental rules. The pace of play, such as between inning activities and trips to the mound are the most legitimate. The three hour games seem to a bit much for most fans and many would like to see shorter games, spanning the 2 – 2.5 hour mark. The other changes seem a bit off the mark, such as moving the mound back (owners, manager/coaches and players think this to put more of a strain on pitchers arms and style of play and will enhance batting averages), larger bases (this writer does not see how this will enhance the game at all) and preventing infielder shifts (sort of takes away from the defensive strategy, MLB seems to believe this will enhance batting averages). As for the rest of the rule changes, such as mound visits and pitchers facing at least 3 batters (unless there are already 2 outs, from what is understood the pitcher does not have to come back the next inning for face the other 2 batters), this seems ambiguous. Managers and players will pretty much have to change the way they view the game in the traditional sense and come up with alternatives to how they approach the entire game itself. Any opinions or views on this topic? Please feel free to comment.
In an article from the New York Times (article by Victor Mather 3/8/19), discussion of change implementations throughout the Atlantic League of Professional Ball Players and MLB. A machine to assist umpires call balls and strikes, bigger bases, pitching mound distance change, visits to the mound, faster pace of play, among other changes. These issues implemented in the Atlantic League in conjunction with Major League Baseball will be followed throughout the 2019 baseball season. Many baseball traditionalists find this difficult to even hear, much less see put into affect. While some changes like the pace of play are a strong and valid point, other implementations seem odd and even less likely to be accepted, even when put into affect. It is a three year trial period to run through 2021. Please feel free to read the article and comment.
From a story on News 12 [local Long Island news station] NY legend Buddy Harrelson and his family will be advocates in Alzheimer’s disease public awareness. Buddy is a long time Long Islander and former player for the NY Mets and currently part owner of The Long Island Ducks. For more information on this story, you can visit this link: News 12
New from the Atlantic League of Professional Ball Players about a partnership with Major League Baseball. A three year test experimental rules. Changes in the Atlantic League will be observed by Major league baseball over a three year period.
This is a follow up story to a feature from the Richmond Flying Squirrels Eastern League AA minor league team) and their seeking a new ball park. The link above provides further information.
A few years ago, the minor league team of the San Fransisco Giants, had been debating with the Greater Richmond area about new development of a new ball park for the Squirrels. Discussion has gone on for years.
Now, the Squirrels are looking pretty much to replace the old stadium and start fresh.
You can read here. Please feel free to post comments on this.
Here is an interesting article about Minor League Baseball and what the player are dealing with when it comes to salaries, housing, etc. It may not seem that different from workers outside the world of baseball, when it comes to dealing with many similar issues. The primary issue is something we could all identify with, earning a decent living. Any thoughts on this? Please feel free to comment.
The Eastern League, a Double A League, is changing its format to a split season. I am personally a traditional baseball fan and have enjoyed watching teams stay hungry to finish first. Now with this new format, winners of the first half will play winners in the second half, a playoff sort of format and then onto the Eastern League Championships.
Any thoughts by other baseball fans? Feel free to comment. Check out the link below for more information.