Chris McCosky The Detroit News Published 4:21 PM EDT May 20, 2019 Detroit — Baseball, the actual game of baseball, is one of the true joys of my life. Being able to cover and chronicle it at the highest competitive level is an honor and a blessing. But, mark my words: If Major League Baseball adopts a robot strike zone, I’m done. I’ve been listening to people complain about this game for years now — the pace is too slow, there’s not enough action, it’s too boring to the newer generation of sports fans — and I’ve agreed with some of it. I have applauded commissioner Rob Manfred’s efforts to speed up pace of play and think, overall, his initiatives have helped. But when you start talking about altering the game’s DNA — messing with the distance from the mound to the plate, legislating defensive strategies out of the game or using an electronic strike zone — you’ve gone too far. And … [Read more...] about Please Major League Baseball, say no to robot strike zone
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Carlos Monarrez Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EDT Mar 30, 2019 A year ago, I visited the National Baseball Hall of Fame. I was checking out the museum’s countless exhibits, which tend to be arranged by team. When I got the Los Angeles Angels area, I saw some artifacts from centerfielder Mike Trout. A high-ranking official at the Hall of Fame was standing nearby. He said it was too bad more people didn’t know who Trout was because he plays on the West Coast and not a lot of people stay up late to watch or follow the Angels’ games. My jaw almost dropped. Enough baseball fans don’t know who the best player in baseball is? I kept my jaw shut and held my tongue. A few months later, baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Trout could be a bigger star if he devoted more of his time in the offseason to marketing himself. Of course, by extension, that meant marketing Major League Baseball. Trout has always been a reluctant superstar and he responded to … [Read more...] about Major League Baseball needs Mike Trout to save the game
FORT MYERS Fla. — Baseball, our timeless national pastime, has a time problem. A rash of rule changes announced last week by Major League Baseball included several intended to keep things moving. The most controversial: Beginning in 2020, relief pitchers must face at least three batters unless the side is retired or an injury occurs. It’s a dramatic attempt to reduce relentless mid-inning pitching changes that crept into the game in recent years. That’s not the main reason games take well over three hours — we’ll get to that in a moment — but it doesn’t help. Too often we’ve seen managers use four relievers to get three outs in the seventh inning with a four-run lead, bringing the proceedings to a halt and sending sleepy moms, dads and their children staggering for the exits. To many of us, pulling a reliever who retired a batter on one or two pitches seemed a waste of manpower. Why take out a guy who’s doing his job? We applaud … [Read more...] about Will Major League Baseball’s rule changes actually do anything to speed up the game?
Jeff Seidel Detroit Free Press Published 7:51 AM EDT Mar 15, 2019 LAKELAND, Fla. — I completely agree with Detroit Tigers outfielder Nicholas Castellanos – Major League Baseball is a mess. “The system we have now is broken,” Castellanos said. Seemingly half of MLB's 30 teams are rebuilding. The free-agent market has gone ice cold for two years in a row, leaving superstars, like Bryce Harper, dangling in uncertainty for months. The system is set up to encourage teams to swing back and forth between two extremes, from trying to contend for a championship> to trying to rebuild. But it doesn't make sense because teams are penalized by a luxury tax for spending too much but they aren't penalized for not spending too little. It doesn't make sense. More: Michael Fulmer shut down indefinitely to refine 'lower-body mechanics' “I just think winning has to be a priority,” Castellanos said. “We show up every day, ‘cause we want … [Read more...] about Major League Baseball, players need to fix free agency
By Richard Rubin WSJ Ruth Simon WSJ Fri., Jan. 18, 2019 The Trump administration set final rules for a new deduction that will provide significant savings for many business owners, providing more clarity for real-estate owners and service-industry businesses. The government also offered a cushion for many owners of rental real estate to claim the deduction if they meet certain test, but declined to allow the looser definitions some wanted. Treasury rejected requests from real-estate settlement agents, Major League Baseball team owners, writers and physical therapists, who all wanted more favorable rules. The rules for the new 20% deduction for so-called pass-through businesses—which include partnerships, S corporations and sole proprietorships—will be crucial, as business owners begin filing their first returns under the new system in coming months. Congress created the pass-through deduction as part of the sweeping 2017 tax overhaul to give a … [Read more...] about Trump Administration Sets Final Rules for New Business Tax Deduction