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UPDATE REGARDING MLB-ALPB EXPERIMENTAL PLAYING RULES

According to the Long Island Ducks website, there will be delays in some of the rule changes that were supposed to be implemented this season throughout the Atlantic League of Professional Ball Players.
(this is a continuing story. ©2019 Long Island Ducks)

for more information visit:

http://liducks.com/news/current/?article_id=1951


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Is There Proper Baseball Park Etiquette?

Don’t arrive late. Don’t leave early. And kindly sit down.

From Southern Living article by Valarie Fraser Luesse

I thought this to be a very interesting article from Southern Living. It is something that is sort of a forgotten way of life when attending baseball games.

“We all know there are rules of engagement for the players running the bases, but what about fans in the stadium? If you’re more of a football fan and have never seen a baseball game live, it might surprise you to know what’s expected of you—and not by Management but by the fans. 

As with anything else, there are differences of opinion among the diehards. But some rules of baseball etiquette are almost universally accepted. If you don’t want to get the stank face from your neighbors in the stands, write these down:

Don’t be late. Fans hate it when somebody in the middle of their row shows up during an “at bat” and expects everyone to stand up and make way. Why? Because when the people on your row stand so that tardy you can get to your seat, they block the view of fans behind them, and everybody could miss a big play. In case of an emergency—and baseball fans define “emergency” as stopping by the hospital for outpatient surgery on the way to the ballpark—wait till a break in the action, like a changeover or the end of an inning, to find your seat. 

Don’t leave early. Fans strongly believe that everybody should stick around till the very last out.

Remove your hat during the National Anthem. This applies to male and female fans. Show respect for the stars and stripes.

While we’re talking fashion, it’s bad form to wear the jersey of a team that isn’t on the field. In other words, if the Rangers are playing the Astros, don’t show up in a Cardinals jersey. 

Leave your glove at home, Pepaw. If you’re old enough to drive, you’re three or four years past your glove-totin’ days. Kids only, please. 

Sit down . . . unless we’re standing up. During certain critical moments in a game, everybody stands up. Otherwise, baseball fans are sitter-downers. Watch your neighbors whenever you aren’t sure what to do. (If you’re an SEC football fan, we know what you’re thinking: Stadiums have SEATS?  Who knew?)

Never, ever, ever, do the wave (if we may paraphrase Taylor Swift.) At the very least, do it only during a changeover. And do it only in “wave-friendly” stadiums. Actually, now that we think about it, don’t do the wave—never, ever, ever. Some fans will hesitantly allow that the wave has its place, but most of the purists shun it.

Watch how you handle yourself with vendors. Treat them politely. Let them know how many hotdogs or drinks you want by holding up the appropriate number of fingers. Don’t get up and walk to the vender so that all your neighbors have to move. Politely ask them to pass down your money and let them know how much you aim to tip. (And you really should tip.) Your food and change will be passed back to you. And nobody misses a play.

Don’t talk on your cell phone, especially if you’re sitting behind home plate. If you were stepping up to the plate with two outs and bases loaded, would you want to be distracted by Baby Girl calling Mama to finalize plans for that upcoming Sip ’n See? No. No, you would not.”

https://www.southernliving.com/culture/baseball-etiquette

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Long Island Ducks Baseball 2019

Atlantic League baseball is just around the corner. It’s about a month away!
The Long Island Ducks will be celebrating their Twentieth Anniversary Celebration!
Their Celebration starts on May 3, 2019.
For baseball fans on Long Island, this a spectacular event and is very important to the culture and heritage of Long Island.
The Long Island Ducks logged 12 Division berths, finishing first 7 times, and also have won 3 Championships – 2004, 2012 and 2013.
They have also had many past and future MLB stars either managing or playing for the club.

For more information on The Long Island Ducks, click the link below.

http://www.liducks.com/home/


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2019 MiLB Rule Changes Unveiled (continuing story)

(from a continuing story I have been following across baseball, from MLB to MiLB to The Atlantic League of Professional Ball Players)
[additional story and link by Ball Park Digest Editors March 29 2019]

Baseball in its infinite wisdom, continues to incorporate rule changes. First to experiment are teams in The Atlantic League of Professional Ball Players.
Three batter minimum for pitchers (unless it is two outs, pitcher does not have to face two more the next inning), size of bases will go up to 18″, pitchers mound to be moved back two feet, no infield shift, limit of mound visits, possible rob umps to assist umpires. Many fans think this to be a joke. What next? Robo – players, robo umps, rob fans, robo venders?
The Commissioner, Rob Manfred, does not even seem to care and expressed that is why it is starting out in the Atlantic League, when asked by Michael Kay pertaining to pitchers possibly getting injured.
Not it appears that Minor League Baseball will be incorporating some or all of those experimental rule changes.
In a recent article by Ball Park Digest (a very good e-zine by the way), mentioned that thee will be a small twist to their experimental rule changes in each of the different levels in Double A and Triple A leagues. Unlike the Atlantic league, Minor league will make a revision to the Extra Inning Runner on Second Base rule, unlike the Atlantic League, which at this time remains as it is like previous seasons.

For more information you can visit Ballpark Digest:

https://ballparkdigest.com/2019/03/29/2019-milb-rule-changes-unveiled/?fbclid=IwAR0m7aesjJSjfRuw_S0Sw_g7xADsRrUUI-Q7YS3aguf5F-T03zA-yFmEBfU

This link is directly from MiNOR League Baseball:

https://www.milb.com/milb/news/milb-announces-pace-of-play-rules-for-2019/c-305774226?fbclid=IwAR1NvJX7MekRTCNSyexjXLolWnKLBCSv8QBS8MjCYM3kAP0ivq8PgjxK214

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More Atlantic League of Professional Ball Players/MLB News on Rule Changes in the Atlantic League. This is part of a continuing story…

“Rob Manfred not too concerned with health of Atlantic League players” from MLB/NBC Sports

Article written by Craig Calcaterra March 28 2017 in an interview with Michael Kay

Seems like the current commissioner of Major League Baseball has created some negativity by his recent comments, regarding some of the new experimental rule changes, specifically moving the pitcher mound back by 2 feet.
Apparently he is not concerned with what can happen to a pitchers arm nor health.
One has to really read the article to believe it.

https://mlb.nbcsports.com/2019/03/28/rob-manfred-not-too-concerned-with-health-of-atlantic-league-players/?fbclid=IwAR3eMwUiBJekGw3D3PHAyYQj-jXMndAPJZiH-MCKcHKRqCAzh6knZBDkPUE

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Experimental MLB and Atlantic League Rule Changes continued…

This is a continuing story I am following for the 2019 Atlantic League Season in conjunction with Major League Baseball.
In a recent interview, Long Island Ducks manager Wally Backman, expresses his thoughts on the new experimental rule changes presented by Major League Baseball. This interview was actually held on March 22, 2019.
(from todays 3/24/19 Newsday©®™)

https://www.newsday.com/sports/local/ducks/wally-backman-ducks-1.28874149?fbclid=IwAR2TUfYg-4E2J_D58NB2RD35oLwqPoTSZqVg7SG64krf7jOZkznOq8h05DQ#user=56bc00c618ff43a12491a886&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Sports

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http://www.atlanticleague.com

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Breaking down MLB’s rules changes: The good, the bad, and the weird

By Stephen Tolbert  Mar 14, 2019, 2:00pm EDT

From SB Nation/MLB Daily Dish, some slight changes among similar news to recent posts.
Hot Topic include:
• Only One Trade Deadline
• All-Star Game Election Day
• Changing Roster Size
• Shortening Commercial Breaks
Check the link below for more information. It was a nice edition to recent news about the changes in the Atlantic League of Professional Ball Players.

https://www.mlbdailydish.com/2019/3/14/18265858/the-good-mlb-rule-changes-the-bad-ones-and-a-few-weird-ones-batter-minimum-trade-deadline?fbclid=IwAR2KWrdjLCXVUqK8ZV2Nw54dgL_1kqojcO-fKFeXuWKxX31v781BVfyTJH0

BallPark Digest also had an interesting perspective on this as well.

https://ballparkdigest.com/2019/03/14/2019-mlb-rule-changes-unveiled/?fbclid=IwAR2uKjVVyjdfPbHeIQQQyJKnmNywN5e9rbMwAma5LmuoSZHC4humPoQS618

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MLB’s Senior VP, League Economics & Operations Speaks On New Atlantic League Rule Changes

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.

https://www.mycentraljersey.com/story/sports/baseball/patriots/somersetpatriotspulse/2019/03/12/mlbs-senior-vp-league-economics-operations-speaks-on-new-atlantic-league-rule-changes/39190079/?fbclid=IwAR3C89dD-ugsL14XCFPPV3vApr1iCg7I_iEm_McQskifJ0a5zuuzAyXDzE0

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More News on Rule Changes of the Atlantic League of Professional Ball Players

Latest information on the recent rule changes of The Atlantic League of Professional Ballplayers has mixed emotions and feelings from around the baseball world.

From Beyond The Boxscore (article by Matt Provenzano March 11, 2019)
https://www.beyondtheboxscore.com/2019/3/11/18259050/mlb-atlantic-league-rob-manfred-ducks-skeeters-mlbam-free-agency?fbclid=IwAR1-MFE2Bbn5uKaZvCcRpJRfWttkde-vyIQH_GOF9XiMNgg91UJX3fbtmpE

From My Central Jersey (part 2 article by Mike Ashmore March 11, 2019)
https://www.mycentraljersey.com/story/sports/baseball/patriots/somersetpatriotspulse/2019/03/11/part-2-atlantic-league-president-rick-white-reveals-new-details-in-mlb-partnership/39183851/?fbclid=IwAR1LEnZ7lN5S9Gb7kJuaYKtaYdqyL5cqpa_hDxJ4KyjXi_l1zXaIRrgkPCs

From The Orange County Register (article by J.P. HoornStra March 8, 2019)
https://www.ocregister.com/2019/03/08/dodgers-rich-hill-believes-atlantic-league-rules-changes-are-a-joke/?fbclid=IwAR2IFnpTi9bEP-YK7cRyRU9dFclcSsqW9n8e-LT-KZLZAaOpn_9KTV_VsME

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.

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Bigger Bases and Limited Shifts: Atlantic League to Test Rule Changes By Victor Mather March 8, 2019 New York Times

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.

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