The State of Baseball Address

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For as long as “pace of play” has permeated our baseball lexicon, there have been articles and jokes written about the subject and how Major League Baseball might not be focusing on the right factors in improving the fan experience. After all, it is the baseball fan who buys all Continue reading The State of Baseball Address

Game Flow Check (Periodic Updates)

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There’s really no point to this other than to satisfy my curiosity.  There have been a lot of extra inning games over the first series of the 2018 season, so those will naturally last just a bit longer than the regulation contests, which already get close to three hours, and Continue reading Game Flow Check (Periodic Updates)

A Matter of Time

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This was mentioned in passing in our latest Dreamcast, but while the Opening Day game between the Chicago Cubs and the host Miami Marlins did go over three hours in length, it seemed to go pretty smoothly because of all the action within the game time.  We do know that Continue reading A Matter of Time

The War of Public Opinion

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Hey hey, spring training has begun, and that means we were eventually going to hear from Commissioner Rob Manfred about the state of baseball as camps ramp up.  Enter Bob Nightengale, who is good for getting quotes from these big conferences when he’s not being dead wrong about transactions: Commissioner Continue reading The War of Public Opinion

Time Keeps on Slipping…

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You may have noticed a lack of blogs from us, and that has a lot to do with the almost complete lack of Cubs-specific news.  We know the Cubs probably want to sign Yu Darvish, and they probably also want to keep their options open for the future during this Continue reading Time Keeps on Slipping…

Try Not to Suck: Fan Edition

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Fresh on the heels of our last Dreamcast, and given a few of the not-so-nice things that have happened in stadiums both on the field and in the crowd, it seems inevitable that something like this would happen: Effective next season, Major League Baseball intends to implement a universal code Continue reading Try Not to Suck: Fan Edition

Dreamcast 18: Don’t Welcome Our Robot Overlords Just Yet

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Now that Rice has a job, it’s just a waiting game for both the Chicago Cubs to get back to first place (and stay there), and for the new job to begin.  Thanks a ton to special guest Harry Pavlidis (@harrypav) for stopping by and having a conversation: We talk Continue reading Dreamcast 18: Don’t Welcome Our Robot Overlords Just Yet

Say, Everybody, Have You Seen My (Base)Balls?

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While we have all been lamenting the fact that John Lackey is now older and possibly broken, what is strange, even for him, was the fact that he gave up way more home runs than expected given a normal decline.  And on that same vein, most fans, players, and team Continue reading Say, Everybody, Have You Seen My (Base)Balls?

More Pace of Play Ponderings (UPDATE)

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Ever since Chris Bosio got his surgeries, it takes nearly all of the 30 second mound conference clock for him to even get to the mound… Bosio out to talk to Montgomery with Ichiro at second and Stanton up #Cubs pic.twitter.com/X5Aq0M9gIv — crawly's cub kingdom (@crawlyscubs) June 6, 2017 This Continue reading More Pace of Play Ponderings (UPDATE)

A Moratorium on Drastic Rules Changes (UPDATE: Maybe Just One)

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Once upon a time, we learned that Major League Baseball was considering rules changes to improve pace of play.  While I fundamentally agree with the premise of getting more action and less dead time, I was not too keen on some of the proposed changes.  During a recent press appearance, Continue reading A Moratorium on Drastic Rules Changes (UPDATE: Maybe Just One)