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21 hours ago, sportsfreak2744 said:

 

I believe it was teams recognizing that unless a player can steal at >70% success it wasn't worth it in terms of run expectancy. Having data on hitters spray charts brought about the shift. Data for starting pitchers the third time through the order is why so many only go 5-6 IP now.

It's all this info that teams didn't have before that's changed the game and pushed it towards the 3 outcomes (BB, K, HR). And I agree that this has probably been a negative impact on MLB popularity. 

Will be interesting to see if MLB feels they need new rules like banning shifts to make up for this or will they allow players and the league time to adjust on their own.

 

Banning the shift would be yet another dumb Manfred rule...  Maybe if these guys, instead of hitting into the shift, would maybe, you know, work on going the other way or bunting, that would stop it...

But no...  They only care about their stupid launch angle and exit velocity and other stupid terms like that...

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Yes, clearly the only possibly explanation is every single person who wants universal DH isn't a real baseball fan. 

Every anti-DH argument I hear always revolves around the word "should". Pitchers should have to hit, hitters should have to field, that's the way the game should be played, etc. Are there actuall

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15 hours ago, posty said:

Banning the shift would be yet another dumb Manfred rule...  Maybe if these guys, instead of hitting into the shift, would maybe, you know, work on going the other way or bunting, that would stop it...

But no...  They only care about their stupid launch angle and exit velocity and other stupid terms like that...

Lol.  Most players screw up their swing if they try and change it to adapt to the shift.  Many have tried and ended up in major slumps because of same.  Nope.  Shifts have to be regulated for sure.  Shifts have unbalanced the game and forced hitters into the three true outcomes game.  it is the only thing proven to work against the extreme shifts which takes the whole fun of rallies out of baseball.  Extreme shifting is the villain.  Remove it and we can have old timey baseball back again.

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1 hour ago, The Big Bat Theory said:

How long are you going to beat a dead horse?  You want to also roll us back pre personal cpmputers and cell phones and front wheel drive brakes as well.  Lol.

You yourself said to roll it back to old time baseball...  That is getting rid of the DH...

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On 10/21/2020 at 3:15 PM, posty said:

True, but baseball would be much better if they did get rid of the DH...

Per Rotoworld

LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune hears that "as of now, the DH will be AL-only next season."

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DH can still happen in 2021.  And if not WILL on 2022.

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LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune hears that "as of now, the DH will be AL-only next season."

Neal notes that "the union and MLB would have to expand it to both leagues through bargaining," and the current collective bargaining agreement (CBA) runs through the end of the 2021 campaign. It certainly seems like a possibility that the two parties could figure something out with the DH rule independent of the CBA, as they did this year amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but there isn't much clarity as to how those negotiations might be conducted. This is an urgent issue with hot stove season fast approaching.

Source: LaVelle E. Neal III on Twitter         Oct 22, 2020, 1:52 PM ET

NL teams have been investing heavily for DH in 2021 and the Players Association 100% supports it.  We don't have to wait an extra year for the inevitable.

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https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/30777383/sources-mlbpa-rejects-universal-dh-expanded-playoffs

 

So are both off the table entirely going forward or is it just an opening shot by the NLPA going into negotiations for a new agreement?

 

2020 thread I know, maybe just change to it to 2021.

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1 hour ago, MrBrett said:

https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/30777383/sources-mlbpa-rejects-universal-dh-expanded-playoffs

So are both off the table entirely going forward or is it just an opening shot by the NLPA going into negotiations for a new agreement?

2020 thread I know, maybe just change to it to 2021.

Opening shot.  Everything is still up in the air.

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6 hours ago, FantasyGeek2018 said:

Hopefully that was the final vote on both topics.

Agreed, the DH in the NL would be a travesty as would the expanded playoffs...

I know that they will still bring up these two terrible ideas for the next CBA, but MLB is trying to kill MLB as much as possible...

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