Looking at the “Pace of Game” rules that will be experimented in the AFL

The Arizona Fall League will, this year, be a test bed for some possible rule changes to speed up the pace of play in baseball. It is, of course, an important issue, and I’m glad to see that already some possible changes will be tested. So, let’s take a look at what we’ve got here:

 

Batter’s Box Rule: The batter shall keep at least one foot in the batter’s box throughout his at-bat, unless one of a series of established exceptions occurs, in which case the batter may leave the batter’s box but not the dirt area surrounding home plate. (Exceptions include a foul ball or a foul tip; a pitch forcing the batter out of the batter’s box; “time” being requested and granted; a wild pitch or a passed ball; and several others.)

 

A fine rule to start with. A chunk of the killed time these days is because batters step out to take some practice swings or adjust some equipment after nearly every pitch. So, on the surface, forcing hitters to stay in the box is good. However, there are some possible flaws, mainly in the fact there are a ton of exceptions, with the biggest one being the fact the batter can still call “time”. Yes, sometimes when a batter calls time it is for a good reason, but other times it is just so that they can do the aforementioned practice swings or adjustments. So, ultimately, this rule will only help if umpires cut down on unnecessary calls of “time”, otherwise the problem will remain, just in a different form.

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Your Offseason Baseball Viewing Listings for November 16, 2013 has Asia Series, Arizona Fall League Finals and Australian Action

The great Wi-Fi crisis continues, and thus I am able to only place this lonely post up today. Still, it’s going to be a great day of Offseason Ball, with further Asia Series play, the Arizona Fall League finals, and also some Australian League action.

(All Times ET)

11 PM (Friday): Asia Series, Canberra Cavalry (2012/13 Australian Champions) vs. EDA Rhinos (CPBL Runner-Ups). Will be streamed here.

12:35 AM: Australian Baseball League,  Adelaide Bite at Melbourne Aces. Will be streamed here.

2:00 AM: Australian Baseball League, Sydney Blue Sox at Brisbane Bandits. Will be streamed here.

5:30 AM: Asia Series, Uni-President Lions (CPBL Champions) vs. Fortitudo Bologna (European Cup Champions). Will be streamed here.

3:00 PM: Arizona Fall League Finals, Mesa Solar Sox (Angels, A’s, Cubs, Nationals, Tigers) at Surprise Saguaros (Brewers, Indians, Orioles, Rangers, Red Sox). On MLB Network and the AFL website.

10:00 PM: Australian Baseball League, Sydney Blue Sox at Brisbane Bandits. Will be streamed here.

10:05 PM: Australian Baseball League,  Adelaide Bite at Melbourne Aces. Will be streamed here.

Your Offseason Baseball Viewing Listings for November 9, 2013

Today’s games:

12:30 AM: Australian League- Perth Heat at Adelaide Bite doubleheader. Streaming here.

3:00 AM: Australian League- Canberra Cavalry at Sydney Blue Sox. Streaming here.

8 PM: Arizona Fall League, Peoria Javelinas at Salt River Rafters. On MLB Network and streaming on the Arizona Fall League website.

10 PM: JWBL, will be streamed here.

Your Offseason Baseball Viewing Listings for November 8, 2013

Baseball!

3:00 AM: Australian Baseball League. Canberra Cavalry at Sydney Blue Sox. Will be viewable here.

3:30 AM: Australian Baseball League. Perth Heat at Adelaide Bite. Will be viewable here.

9:00 PM: Arizona Fall League. Glendale Desert Dogs at Scottsdale Scorpions. Will be on MLB Network and the AFL website.

10 PM: Japan Women’s Baseball League, will be streaming here.

Know of anything I missed? Let me know!

Your Offseason Baseball Viewing Listings for November 7, 2013

Well, we have a game in Australia very, very early in the morning and an Arizona Fall League game as well.

 

3:30 AM: Australian Baseball League. Perth Heat at Adelaide Bite. Will be viewable here.

9 PM: Arizona Fall League. Salt River Rafters (Prospects from D-Backs, Rockies, Cardinals, Rays, Blue Jays) host the Scottsdale Scorpions (Braves, Mets, Yankees, Pirates, Giants). On MLB Network and the Arizona Fall League website.

 

 

Know of anything else? Let me know!

Your Offseason Baseball Viewing Listings for November 6, 2013

Tonight:

 

6 PM: SIlver Slugger Awards announced, MLB Network

9 PM: Arizona Fall League. Salt River Rafters (Prospects from D-Backs, Rockies, Cardinals, Rays, Blue Jays ) at Scottsdale Scorpions (Braves, Mets, Yankees, Pirates, Giants)

Your Offseason Baseball Viewing Listings for November 5, 2013

Stuff today to view:

6 PM: Finalists for BBWAA awards revealed on MLB Network.

7:30 PM: Dominican League Baseball (Tigres del Licey vs. Toros del Este) on the WatchESPN app.

9 PM: Arizona Fall League: Mesa Solar Sox (prospects from Cubs, Tigers, Angels, A’s and Nationals) at Salt River Rafters (prospects from Diamondbacks, Rockies, Cardinals, Rays and Blue Jays). MLB Network.