Put Up or Shut Up: Why I Love the One Game Wild Card Format

I know, I know.  The one game playoff is an abomination that isn't a True Measure of a Baseball Team, yadda yadda yadda.  There are a dozen [1] articles out there about how baseball should do away with this latest incarnation of the wild card race and change it to something else, but I like …

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Changing the Intentional Walk Rule is Dumb and Here’s Why

It's spring and that means with spring training comes the release of the new rules for the coming season.  I'm not a hoary old traditionalist(2), so some of the more recent rules I like (increased use of replay is a net positive, I think) and some I don't (the 30 seconds for coaching visits seems …

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Commonly asked questions about umpire school.

1.  Did you have fun?  Oh, hell yeah.  Umpire school is one of those all-encompassing vacations where you're engaged both mentally and physically.  It isn't relaxing, per se, but it is calming to focus on only one thing every waking moment. 2.  Are umpires required to vocalize ball and strike calls, or is a hand …

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