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    2nd and 3rd nobody out 6th inning.

    Houston rookie sensation dude choked as did next batter.
    Cuba whiffs on full count, Gurriel pops out.

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    I hate it to be honest. It's too easy to hit home runs. Makes the game like today's NBA and NFL when it comes to scoring. Basically it's all about walks and HRs just like the NBA is all about 3-point shooting and the NFL is about passing. Defense, contact hitting, base-running doesn't matter as much now. Fuck it.
    I think there's a perception that home runs are excessive because it's what highlights are centered around, but the increase per game hasn't been all that much, since a home run is actually a comparatively rare event. The current rate is 2.8 per 9 innings. In 1986, which was definitely a "speed and contact" era/year, the rate was 1.8 per 9. So we're seeing only one extra homer per game. The walk rates are the same. I think the event that needs reduction is strikeouts. In 1986, the rate was 10.8 per 9. Today, it's 17.6 per 9. That's 7 less balls in play that could lead to a great defensive play, game changing error, etc.

    I'm in favor of the new ball if potentially reduces the strikeout rate. Pitchers will start naturally being more fearful in giving up homers, so they'll try to nibble/throw more out of the zone, which will lead to more positive hitter counts and more fastballs/meatballs. Hitters will likely swing more controlled, knowing they don't have to come out of their shoes in order to drive a ball.
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    I think there's a perception that home runs are excessive because it's what highlights are centered around, but the increase per game hasn't been all that much, since a home run is actually a comparatively rare event. The current rate is 2.8 per 9 innings. In 1986, which was definitely a "speed and contact" era/year, the rate was 1.8 per 9. So we're seeing only one extra homer per game. The walk rates are the same. I think the event that needs reduction is strikeouts. In 1986, the rate was 10.8 per 9. Today, it's 17.6 per 9. That's 7 less balls in play that could lead to a great defensive play, game changing error, etc.

    I'm in favor of the new ball if potentially reduces the strikeout rate. Pitchers will start naturally being more fearful in giving up homers, so they'll try to nibble/throw more out of the zone, which will lead to more positive hitter counts and more fastballs/meatballs. Hitters will likely swing more controlled, knowing they don't have to come out of their shoes in order to drive a ball.
    Naturally more K's is a byproduct of more HR's because hitters in general are much more aggressive and willing to swing at pretty much anything.
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    The MLB All Star weekend is just as bad as the NBA. They’re just so boring and senseless.

    They should think about ending the practice imo.

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    I think there's a perception that home runs are excessive because it's what highlights are centered around, but the increase per game hasn't been all that much, since a home run is actually a comparatively rare event. The current rate is 2.8 per 9 innings. In 1986, which was definitely a "speed and contact" era/year, the rate was 1.8 per 9.
    So, 162 more per team per year. That's quite a lot more. It's like the year the NBA moved the three a few feet closer and guys like Ewing became three shooters or the BS that led to too many threes ruining the game today. Back in 86, being a 30 HR hitter was a special thing; 40 HRs even more so. Nowadays, people don't even pay attention to that anymore.

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    The MLB All Star weekend is just as bad as the NBA. They’re just so boring and senseless.

    They should think about ending the practice imo.
    I have only watched a few times in the past decade but O did catch home run derby last night

    MLB all star game much like the sport still has a wholesome charm. You can sit down with your entire family and enjoy it. NBA lost any hope of that when they made a relationship with the Hip Hop community/culture in the early 2000s.


    Father pitching to his son in the derby

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    Random black celebrity sitting court side



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    So, 162 more per team per year. That's quite a lot more. It's like the year the NBA moved the three a few feet closer and guys like Ewing became three shooters or the BS that led to too many threes ruining the game today. Back in 86, being a 30 HR hitter was a special thing; 40 HRs even more so. Nowadays, people don't even pay attention to that anymore.

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/mlb...cid=spartanntp
    Still not much on a per game basis, as I don't think anyone minds seeing an extra home run per game. I do hate the all or nothing approach some hitters, like Joey Gallo, have, though. And this era has made one dimensional players like him more valuable.

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    Still not much on a per game basis, as I don't think anyone minds seeing an extra home run per game. I do hate the all or nothing approach some hitters, like Joey Gallo, have, though. And this era has made one dimensional players like him more valuable.
    One a game makes a pretty big difference, tbh. It was never 1-9 are HR threats before. The game had a much better cadence.

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    The AL is so stacked.

    National League

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    The AL is so stacked.

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    Philles are the team that's mainly disappointed me this year TBH. I thought they were back to 2009/10 status dominance wise, but this time with more offense than pitching.

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    Alvarez homered twice already

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    Easily the most incredible sports moment of the year:


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    Alvarez homered twice already
    Rangers won cuz

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    Easily the most incredible sports moment of the year:


    Pretty cool.

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    Rangers won cuz
    Impressive how the Rangers have scratched and clawed themselves into the Wild Card race, since they don't have any notable players aside from Gallo, who's streaky. A 37 year old Korean has been their best all around player this season .

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    Philles are the team that's mainly disappointed me this year TBH. I thought they were back to 2009/10 status dominance wise, but this time with more offense than pitching.
    Bad pitching, subpar hitting and they don't like the manager. Locker room is becoming toxic. Looks like the Nationals will likely finish 2nd

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    Bad pitching, subpar hitting and they don't like the manager. Locker room is becoming toxic. Looks like the Nationals will likely finish 2nd
    Yeah, GK is trash and needs to go before anything else.

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    Impressive how the Rangers have scratched and clawed themselves into the Wild Card race, since they don't have any notable players aside from Gallo, who's streaky. A 37 year old Korean has been their best all around player this season .
    It's been exciting to watch for sure. Our bullpen always makes it interesting.

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    Red Sox at least making pitching moves.

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    Baseball going full retard; well maybe only part retard at this point.

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    They need to shut down Sale. He is completely useless. Holy fucking shit.

    I'd trade him at this point.

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