The Baseball Prospectus PECOTA projections were released. Pham won his arbitration case and some new MLB rules may be on the horizon.
Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic has been covering the recent discussions between Major League Baseball and its players union. They have been toying with the notion of a few rather dramatic yet unlikely rule changes for the 2019 season and I discussed them.
Here is part of my take on the proposed 3 batter mandate for pitchers:
"I get that mid-half inning pitching changes can get tedious and time-consuming but those small moves embody the true beauty of the sport. Baseball is a chess match and a beautifully challenging and engaging (in my opinion) one at that. When you start to limit what a manager can do to put his team in the best position to win, the game that we all love starts to lose what separates it from the rest. It is me against you, right here. You can’t run down the clock by kneeling. You can’t foul someone and send them to the line for a pair of free throws. If a specialist is in to face a batter, the batter has no choice but to go to battle and by implementing a mandate, we could lose that in a sense. We could lose out on some great moments power versus power matchups in huge situations!"
While these changes are rumored to still be years away, some more interesting rules to fix the lacking competitiveness surrounding the league may be announced such as draft penalties for teams who don’t reach a certain win total.