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They should just use the buzzer system to enable the Manager to send the signs directly to the catcher and pitcher so there is no way to steal the signs anymore.
 

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Give them audio earpieces like NFL quarterbacks have. Eliminate the need for signs between every pitch, and you would shorten games...and people are obsessed with shortening the games.

They should just use the buzzer system to enable the Manager to send the signs directly to the catcher and pitcher so there is no way to steal the signs anymore.
 

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Worth watching.

interview with A.J. Hinch
Feb 7, 2020

 

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Blows right past the buzzer question from a clip I saw
 

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Blows right past the buzzer question from a clip I saw
Watch as much of it as you can, he answered tough questions and tried to sidestep a few. Hint: He said that he sent a message to the players by hitting the illegal monitor with a bat, TWICE.

IMO, players on his 2017 team are going to get beaned this year.
 

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The more significant changes will come in 2020. Most notably, all pitchers will be required to pitch to a three-batter minimum or though the end of a half-inning, with exceptions for injuries or “incapacitating illness.” The rule was implemented unilaterally by the Office of the Commissioner.

The rule effectively signals the end of the lefthanded specialist,
Fondly known as the LOOGY or Lefthanded One Out Guy
 

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I couldn't get thru the whole thing. But Hinch seems completely likable. He comes across more like a mid-level manager at a shoe store in the Midwest than the skipper of a World Series winner. I suspect that he'll be back on an MLB team soon.
 

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MLB OKs 3-batter minimum among rule changes. 4:56 PM ET. Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Major League Baseball went ahead with its planned rules changes for this season, including the requirement a pitcher must face at least three batters or end the half-inning, unless he is hurt.

The changes were agreed to by MLB and the players' association last March 8, subject to the study of a joint committee. The three-batter minimum will start in spring training games on March 12.

There were 2,162 pitching appearances of three batters or fewer last year, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, but 1,471 of them finished with the end of a half-inning or a game.=

The active roster limit will increase by one to 26 from Opening Day through Aug. 31, will drop from 40 to 28 through the end of the regular season and return to 26 for the postseason. Each team may have a maximum 13 pitchers through Aug. 31 and during the postseason, and 14 from Sept. 1 through the end of the regular season.

Two-way players who have at least 20 innings pitched or 20 games started at a position or designated hitter with at least three plate appearances in the previous season may pitch without counting against that game's pitcher limit. For this year, a player can use 2018 or 2019 to meet the requirement.

What had been a 26th player for certain day-night doubleheaders through Aug. 31 will become a 27th player in those situations, and that player won't count against the pitcher limit.

Position players are prohibited from pitching through the ninth inning unless the player's team is winning or losing by six or more runs when he takes the mound.

The injured list and option recall minimum period for pitchers will increase from 10 days to 15, an effort to slow the use of relievers by teams who shuttle off pitchers between the majors and minors. There still is a seven-day concussion IL.

Managers' time to challenge a play with a video review has been cut from 30 seconds to 20.
 

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Oddsmakers think Houston Astros batters could be sore this season. On Monday, sportsbook William Hill set the over/under on the number of Astros batters to get plunked this season at 83.5.

In the past five seasons, only nine teams have been hit by pitches more than 83.5 times, but, with the anger over the sign-stealing scandal involving Houston, there is plenty of reason to believe the Astros will be targeted frequently.

https://www.espn.com/chalk/story/_/id/28725963/sportsbooks-expect-astros-hitters-targeted-often-season
 

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The stros have been getting torched by other players. Sure you can expect dodgers and Yankees to be pissed, but when the quiet Mike trout speaks up, people listen
 


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