With a little bit of extra time on my hands due to the one-day postponement of the Mariners’ series with the Giants, I thought I would share an interesting conversation we had this week with Rick Rizzs, Gary Hill, Mike Blowers and myself on the Roundtable segment of the Mariners pregame show.
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A number of rule changes were made prior to the start of the 2020 season – some permanent, others to help alleviate situations that might arise playing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now that we have had some time to live with these rules, we thought it would be a good topic to discuss what we have liked – sometimes to our surprise – and what we wouldn’t mind seeing shelved once baseball returns to normal.
A number of changes have been painless.
“Nobody seems to miss watching pitchers hit,” said Hill, referencing that games played in National League ballparks have featured the designated hitter. “I think the DH should just stay universal.”
The three-batter minimum for relief pitchers has jumped out at me as something that has almost gone unnoticed.
“I think that’s why it’s working,” said Blowers, a former Mariners third baseman. “The Mariners don’t have anybody that Scott (Servais) doesn’t expect to pitch through an inning. The specialty left-hander is gone anyway. You don’t see that guy anymore and I think the expectation for managers is they want guys that can go through an inning regardless of lefty-righty. We’re just not seeing that matchup as much.”
It’s a luxury that teams can no longer afford with the current usage of starters, according to Hill.
“When you had starters going seven, eight, nine innings a game, you could have a couple of guys in a bullpen that could get a batter or …read more
Source:: MyNorthwest.com – Sports