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REAL STRIKE RULE

The more pitches in a game, the longer the game.  Recent Major League rule changes only tried to shorten time between pitches. Two types of pitches make games longer without much action:

  • Foul Balls
  • Pitches out of the zone

Did you know that 60% of Major League pitches are out of the zone?

LEARN MORETHE REAL STRIKE RULE

The Real Strike Rule will motivate pitchers to throw in the zone more often yet keep tradition and maintain competitive balance between the hitter and pitcher:

  1. All foul balls are strikes.  Fouling off strike three is an out.
  2. Batters walk on ball three.
  3. Umpires receive electronic assistance on the location of pitches.  Baseball is experimenting with this now.
  4. All pitches not put in play that are out of the strike zone are balls regardless of whether the batter swings or not.

Two hours is about as long as any American can wait for the close of a baseball game, or anything else for that matter“. A G Spalding, Pitcher, Manager, Team Owner

Do they keep with tradition?  From Alexander Cartwright’s day until 1904, the “count” was changed several times. Originally, no foul balls were strikes, and “arbitrators” did not call “balls and strikes” until several pitches into an at bat.  As pitchers became more skillful, rules were changed to save time.  The “two-strike, fouled-bunt attempt is an out” rule was another change to reduce pitches and save time.

DOES THE REAL STRIKE RULE MAINTAIN COMPETITIVE BALANCE?

The advantages for the pitcher throwing in the strike zone are:
  • The batter is more motivated to swing.
  • Fewer pitches to throw
The advantage for the hitter is more pitches in the zone.
The advantages of shorter games for players are:
  • Pitchers’ arms are healthier allowing them to stay in games longer and to have longer careers.
  • Catchers’ knees last longer allowing them to have longer careers.
  • Position players have shorter innings in the field, so they can be more focused on every pitch.
  • Pitchers and other position players sit less time while their team is at bat.
  • Balls & Strikes calls will be accurate
  • Catchers won’t have to frame pitches
Fans will benefit:
  • Games will be more fun to watch.
  • They can get home from games earlier.
  • It will be easier to see the end of TV games, especially for the Eastern, Central time zones.
  • It will be easier to get younger fans interested.
Shorter games will help teams by:
  • Reducing stadium utilities and personnel costs.
  • Possibly reducing the number of pitchers on rosters
  • Increasing attendance, TV ratings, & team merchandise sales.
  • Attracting more top young athletes to a baseball carreer.
  • Increasing the value of franchises.
Communities will benefit from:
  • Businesses’ increased sales and employment
  • Increased tax revenue
  • A more positive community image
  • More young people involved in positive activities
The Real Strike Rule will:
  • Be easy to test out and implement this decade .
  • Provide easy to understand rules.
  • Keep the flow and appearance of the game nearly identical while eliminating unproductive time.
2004: Colorado Rockies Photo: © Ryan McKee / Rich Clarkson & Assoc.

2004: Colorado Rockies Photo: © Ryan McKee / Rich Clarkson & Assoc.

2004: Colorado Rockies Photo: © Ryan McKee / Rich Clarkson & Assoc.

08 AUG 2005: Colorado Rockies vs. Florida Marlins (Game 1 of doubleheader make up games) Photo: Ryan McKee/Rich Clarkson and Associates, LLC.

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