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The Official 2017 Rule Changes to MLB

With a new season comes new players, and now even more rules to obey.

Originally, Commissioner of MLB Rob Manfred shared with the media that the CBA did not approve any of the suggested rules. They seemed to be very strict on changes and un-cooperative.

On March 2, 2o17 MLB came out with a statement addressing the official 2017 rule changes… there goes the “leaving the game the way it is” attitude from the CBA.

The new rule changes are as follows:

  • No Pitch Intentional Walk
  • 30 – Second limit for managers to decide whether to challenge play.
  • Crew chief may invoke replay review for non-HR (home run) calls beginning in the 8th inning instead of the 7th inning.
  • 2 – minute guideline for replay officials to make decision.
  • Prohibition of markers on field that could create reference system for fielders.
  • Pitcher may not take 2nd step towards home plate or otherwise reset pivot foot during delivery (of pitch).

In my opinion, these rules do more bad than good.

A no pitch intentional walk ruins part of the excitement of baseball. Have you seen the Gary Sanchez sac-fly off of an intentional walk ball? Or seen Vladimir Guerrero hit a home run on an unintentional-intentional walk ball? These were the moments that added a surprise touch of excitement to the game of baseball, and now stuff like this will never happen again!

Although I am a fan of lowering the time that managers can ask to review calls, and how long it’ll take umpires to make decisions on replay reviews, this will only slow the game down by the time of about five minutes (if that).

The stupidest rule of all has got to be the “Pitcher may not take 2nd step towards home plate or otherwise reset pivot foot during delivery (of pitch).” It’s just dumb.

I understand what Major League Baseball is trying to do. They want to game to be faster, but they want much more offence and excitement. Those two don’t add up. More offence would result in longer games, as each inning needs 3 outs to be completed. If more offence is somehow created, that’ll mean more batters coming up to hit. If they want to make the games somehow shorter, there will have to be less offence and quicker outs.

I would love to hear your opinion(s) on these rule changes, you can tweet me (and follow me while your at it) here!

The entire office of MLB is trying to make baseball appear to different people, but we all know that baseball lovers won’t be leaving anytime soon because of minor changes to rules.

Alyssa Cohen

The 2016 MLB Lockout/Strike Possibility (NEW AGREEMENT)

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To me, baseball is like a constant. From the first week of April, to the last week of September, during almost everyday, there is baseball. Whether your team is destined to win the World Series, or destined to be the worst in the league, baseball was and will always be here.

When I first heard of a strike, I remember my parents reminiscing about the 1994 strike. While the Toronto Blue Jays weren’t that great of a team in those days, my parents among every other fan still watched them. It didn’t matter whether they were good, baseball was always on TV/Radio, so why not watch it? In 1994, there was no postseason. They didn’t even play past June. There was NO point. I really don’t know how I would have survived that season.

Thinking to the upcoming season, I don’t know how I will get through it with a strike or lockout. It’s the Blue Jays year, we can all feel it. But what’s the point of building a championship team, when there may not be a champion at all?

If you are not aware, on Thursday December 1, 2016, the current MLB Collective Bargaining agreement between Major League Baseball and its players comes to an end. However this year, there are many things that the players union will wants to fix, that MLB does not. To read all of the details, please visit this article that thurghly explains everything you need to know:

In 1994, baseball in its entirety, lost a lot of its fans and followers. People didn’t understand (and still do not) why millionaires were arguing about money, when there are people around the world who make less than $1 a day.

And although many players claim they are not afraid of a lockout, I sure am. Writing about baseball is what I do, and what will I be doing for an entire year if it isn’t just that?

If a lockout does happen, I will be losing a lot of respect for the entire Major League Baseball, although I do understand the majority of the key points listed in the article above.

So, how does a lockout specifically affect our Blue Jays? Well, let me ask you this first. Haven’t you noticed that there haven’t been many big deals, trades or signings made recently? That’s because everyone is waiting to see what happens after December 1. Although the Blue Jays have already signed Kendrys Morales and Lourdes Gurriel Jr., there are still many holes that need to be filled. Such as new relievers, new outfielders, and more left handed batters. If a lockout or strike does proceed, everything related to the contracts or trades is either delayed or stopped entirely. And if you really think about it, time is moving fast. Pitchers and catchers report for spring training in mid-February, and it’s already the beginning of December.

What will happen to our team if there is a lockout? That’s the scary part… Nobody knows.

Well, it turns out now we know!

Just about 30 minutes ago (as I type this), MLB has officially signed onto a 5 – year agreement with the MLBPA. Here are the reported new guidelines (note: new guidelines are coming out as we speak, so make sure you follow me on twitter for new updates every hour. I also will list them below with the word NEW for the most recent one I have added):

  • No 26th Roster Spot
  • No International Draft
  • Luxury tax threshold at $195 million for 2017, will grow to approximately $210 million over 5 years
  • (NEW) All Star Game will no longer predict home field advantage for World Series, the team with the best record between the two that win the ALCS/NLCS with the best regular season record will gain home field advantage
    • This will leave a lot of creativity for how they can split up the two teams, rather than just American League VS. National League, they can have the game teams as USA VS. International
    • This could also be a poor choice because, there is a big difference between a hard division such as the AL East, rather than the NL East
  • (NEW) Disabled List reduced from 15 days to 10 days, resulting in more DL trips for starting pitchers with off day/rotation shuffle.
  • (NEW) Longer season extension, 187 from 183 days. Lets players rest and have a few more days off.

Beginning Next Offseason:

  • Free agent compensation must be paid by teams over tax threshold only
  • Draft pick will be below first round

Thankfully, we will definitely be having baseball over the next five seasons indefinitely!

Alyssa Cohen

PS. I’d like to welcome all of the new visitors of my blog that have arrived over the past few days. Thanks to some sharing on a massive Blue Jays Facebook group, my latest post about Kevin Pillar had over 2,000 views in just one day!

DH/Pitcher Problems in the National League

Hi everyone!

One of my favourite things to do in my spare time include writing blog posts and catching up on Twitter. As I’ve said before, one of the best (if not the best) communities on Twitter include the MLB one. Friday afternoon we had some spare time in class, and I checked Twitter on my iPhone. “DH in the NL” was among the top 20 trends in Canada, and I was immediately in wonder of what I could’ve missed. Turns out, I didn’t miss much. Other than the fact that the entire world was sharing there opinion about DH’s in the NL. As a Baseball blogger for a team in the AL, I don’t have much experience nor have I really formed an opinion on this. Although, I do have an opinion on one thing. Something that I think that the National League should think about is not making pitchers hit. Pitchers are an essential part of a baseball team, whether it be little league or the majors. Pitchers are not hitters and that’s something that they need to understand. Who remembers when “thee who shall not be named” (no I don’t mean Voldemort I mean David Price.. Haha) got a base hit, and I believed that tied the game?! I’ll admit, that was pretty cool but it’s something you definitely wouldn’t see everyday, or every season for that matter.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on any of the ideas above in the comments below, or as always feel free to throw me a tweet @aalyssacohen!To end off today’s post, I have a trivia question for you all! My mom has been sharing my blog with a few of her co-workers who like the BlueJays, and one of them gave me a question to ask you… So hear it is:
For the four major sports leagues in North America – MLB, NFL, NBA and NHL – what are the only 2 days of the year where there are no games played in any of these league?

Answer in the comments or below or tweet it to me, and the winner and answer will be revealed in my next post!
Catch you in the Rogers Centre!