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MLB officer Joe Torre is telling us all that MLB will be testing a new college football style overtime rule forcutting down on extra-inning games.

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Well, the funnest news of all from yesterday is the announcement by Joe Torre that MLB wants to go all carnival time on the game and change the rules for extra-inning games. The current notion, to be tested in Rookie ball, would be to alter the way that frames start after the 9th inning, should games still be tied. In the nuttiest of shells, the team at-bat would at-bat would begin with the winning run on second base. No outs.

We already have a lot of chatter (here, for instance) concerning the two pace-of-play ideas to which we linked on Tuesday.

I am left wondering how they figure out what player gets to be the Designated Runner? And if this some guy not already in the lineup, how are stats tracking folk going to be crediting players for scoring runs without measuring those against any at-bat? I also wonder if such a major change to the game will have as much net effect on extra-inning games as MLB management hopes. Remember, the visiting team gets to start with a runner on 2B, and then the home gets to do same. I can see an outcome where both teams tend to score in each inning and the game remains tied anyway. So the net "benefit", if you agree that it is, would be how many extra-inning games we still have versus what we previously had. Might not be so much. Oh well, at my age I ain't going to worry about it. That's not something that will make the Show in what remains of my lifetime...........

But I do still have enough life in my bones for Links:


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A Little Bit of Angels News

Add yet another blue light special to the Minor League Spring Training showcase. This time Yusmiero Petit, right-handed pitcher...........

A reddit reminder that we are enjoying, through the brilliance of Mike Trout, one of the greatest stretches of baseball achievement in history...........


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Everywhere In Baseball

Rob Manfred, in the service of his cause to find ways of entangling up and coming generations of sports fans into the sport of Major League Baseball, has chosen to start walking a can of spray paint ever closer to that sign proclaiming The Cardinal Rule in every clubhouse. No Gambling. Except when it might further the interests of Baseball to promote fan interest. Let's face it, for all that clusterfracks FanDuel and DraftKings aren't going anywhere. And half of baseball is about fantasy team leagues. Pete Rose must be giddy..........

The Crazy World of Brian Wilson is attempting a comeback. Lacking the beard, but sporting a knuckleball. I vote for the Tim Lincecum treatment. What can it hurt?..........

Out here in the blogosphere, I try very hard to avoid FanSided articles for a reason.  And stuff like that doesn't help our cause. We don't need to give the dinosaurs choosing to fight us any ammunition. (For the record, "Blue Jays Nation" is not the Toronto site within SBN. That would be Bluebird Banter.)............

The final sentence here confuses me. All along I thought the problem was the fans of St. Louis kicking the rest of us around with their Cardinal Way. One little PECOTA projection and now they are the sorry underdogs?.........

ESPN is still sinking, and still dragging down the Mightiest of Mouses with it............And while on the subject of Baseball Biz, I cannot help but feel that the small crack opened up by the MLB settlement (however nice it is for this upcoming season) in the fan-based class action suit against blackout rules, while nice, is really a defeat of time. It delays for years the better, eventual, outcome...........

WBC rosters are announced. The Halos have 5 guys spread around the tourney, Mike Trout not being among them. Careful and clever readers will find it odd that Joe Torre (above) is using the long grind of the full season and additional abuse on our athletes that comes from extra-inning games as the motivation for weird rules changes on the very same day that MLB is celebrating adding a bunch of innings to the year for many of their brightest stars. But maybe that's just me...........Oh, and we get baseball rule changes for the WBC, too. One of them being an accelerated version of the Torre extra-inning plan...........

Food for thought: signing a contract in your early years of pro ball, when pay is at the minimum and the chance of injury just ass high as for everybody, could be a dangerous thing Certainly if you are employed in Florida, Massachusetts, or very soon Illinois............

Right when we thought we had discovered the mastery of pitch tunneling, we learn that there are even greater pitchers who are mastering the revolution away from pitch tunneling?...........

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Trade Winds

After signing Hank Conger yesterday to a minor-league deal, adding Conger to their franchise along with Chris Iannetta and Jeff Mathis and now cornering the market on ex-LAA catchers, the Diamondbacks are now rumored to be deep in talks with Jorge Fabregas to come out of retirement..........

Life on the Waiver Wire will become the song story on the B side for some nightclub act in Branson, Missouri............

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The Duffle Bag

Best push-back take of the day against Joe Torre's extra-inning plan............One of our own took the official LA Angels team Super Bowl pool..........Have an early taste of Spring Training...........

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Halo-Oppo-ly

What? You thought I was going to forget about Chance/Community Chest cards??

04-CHANCE-RATS

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