Alexander: Does baseball need fixing? Here are some ideas

Posted On Aug 26 2020 by

first_imgOpening up those platforms would give folks in L.A. who currently don’t have Spectrum another option. Additionally, it would remove what are patently ridiculous coverage restrictions in various regions. For example, people in Hawaii – 2,500 miles or so from California – can’t stream Dodgers, Angels, Giants, A’s and Padres games. Those in Las Vegas are prevented from watching all of those plus the Diamondbacks. And those in Des Moines are shut out of the Cubs, White Sox, Royals, Twins, Brewers and Cardinals. Absurd, isn’t it?Another fix: Mandate that every MLB team put 40-50 games on local over-the-air TV, even if they’re simulcasts with the cable network. As we’ve often said in This Space, the first lesson of business is to seek out potential customers instead of forcing them to find you, and that includes cord-cutters. What sense does it make to limit your audience for the benefit of someone else’s bottom line?2. Bring back the high strike.With great fanfare, baseball reduced the strike zone 50 years ago from top of shoulders/bottom of knees to armpits/top of knees. Twenty years after that, with less fanfare, the top of the strike zone was lowered to the midpoint between the letters and the belt, meaning the top of the strike zone is now a couple of inches above the belly button.Moving that upper boundary back to at least the pre-1988 limit will force hitters to swing the bat. The result: More action and a quicker pace.3. The universal DH.I never thought I’d write this, and people who have known me for a long time might be wondering what medication I’ve been taking. But it’s time to either adopt one set of rules for both leagues, or go to a 28- or 29-man roster in the National League as pitching staffs continue to expand.After all, what’s more excruciating to watch? Pitchers hitting, aside from the Madison Bumgarners of the world? Or a position player pitching?4. The electronic strike zone.This is another innovation I didn’t expect I’d agree with, but the extreme variance – i.e., inconsistency – in various umpires’ strike zones suggests that its time has come.Plus, a bonus: It will eliminate the emphasis on pitch framing. You can’t steal strikes if you can’t fool the electronic eye.5. Banning, or limiting, shifts.I know. This is the nuclear option. But a large part of the reason why baseball has become a Three True Outcomes sport – homer/walk/strikeout or nothing – has been data-driven defensive strategy, which has become so effective as to skew the game. Mandating two players on each side of second base would at least restore some of that balance.6. Allow exuberance to flourish.The complaints about how individual players are marketed – such as the apples/oranges question of why Trout can’t be as popular as LeBron James – don’t take into account the old-school “play the game the right way” mentality that remains so pervasive. If you are too flamboyant, show too much personality or otherwise violate the unwritten but sacred “code,” someone in either your clubhouse or your opponent’s will complain. (Or you’ll get a fastball in the ribs.)It’s time to lighten up. Bat flips and celebrations are not a sin. Games in the World Baseball Classic between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, where everyone celebrates and no one gets mad, are as much fun as anything you’ll see on a baseball field. What can possibly be wrong with that?And the more players’ personalities emerge, on and off the field, the easier it is to market them. Feel free to check with people in the NBA offices about the way that works.One final thought: It is popular to assume that younger people aren’t so interested in baseball. I would argue that if you go to a game and sit in the stands, you’ll see evidence to the [email protected]@Jim_Alexander on Twitter  May I offer some suggestions? I mean, I’m sure if you follow the game you’ve thought of what you would do if you were Rob Manfred for a week or even a day.Today it’s my turn, and here’s my platform:1. TV exposure – widen it!The Dodgers/Time Warner-Spectrum/DirecTV fiasco seemed to have been a tipping point in the relationship between baseball and cable networks, a warning of the dangers of overreaching … but rumblings are that the Cubs are thinking of going a similar route and launching their own network in the Chicago area. That, too, could get ugly.Here’s a fix that solves two problems and should have been implemented years ago: Remove the “out-of-market” designation from the MLB.TV streaming service and the Extra Innings cable package. You pay, you get every single MLB game, home teams included, local commercials and all – including the Facebook Watch weekday games since there is no reason why that platform should have blanket exclusivity. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Baseball, you might have heard, is in trouble. On life support, even.Its target audience is aging. TV ratings are a shadow of what they used to be (although the same can be said for plenty of other programming). All of the devices meant to cater to millennials haven’t roused them from Fortnite, Snapchat, etc.We are overreacting a bit, aren’t we?The reports of baseball’s demise are premature, but there are signs of concern, especially from within. Baseball people might be the most self-critical creatures in professional sports when it comes to examining their game and ways to improve it. That’s the genesis of pace-of-play initiatives and rumbling about infield shifts and what in the world do we do to make Mike Trout as popular elsewhere in America as he is in Orange County?last_img read more

Death investigation underway at boat ramp in Stuart

Posted On Aug 12 2020 by

first_imgThis is a developing story. Authorities in Stuart are currently investigating the death of a person at a boat ramp.Not much is known at this time, however, authorities did report that the death occurred at Sandsprit Park in Martin County.last_img

Motherwell manager says Carl McHugh injury is a ‘real concern’

Posted On Dec 22 2019 by

first_imgMotherwell manager Mark McGhee has said he is ‘very concerned’ regarding the head injury Carl McHugh sustained in August. McHugh suffered a nasty head injury in an SFL game against Kilmarnock on August 6th – and hasn’t played since.The former Bradford City and Plymouth Argyle player suffered delayed concussion and required stitches for the horror injury. McGhee confirmed that McHugh has not made much progress, and it is not getting any better, an worryingly admitted he has no idea when he will return.The Motherwell manager told BBC Sport, “It is really grim,” said McGhee. “He is having a really difficult time and we are very concerned about that.“It has not made much progress. It is just not getting better. We are doing everything we can.”“There is no time given to this injury,” McGhee added. “They don’t say it ‘will take six weeks or eight weeks’, they actually say ‘it could take six weeks, eight weeks, it could take six months’. That is the nature of it and we just hope it doesn’t take six months obviously.“It is a complicated and nasty condition that he has ended up with.“He is seeing a guy in Dublin actually this week to put his mind at rest.”Motherwell manager says Carl McHugh injury is a ‘real concern’ was last modified: October 16th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Is Wizz Europe’s best low cost carrier?

Posted On Dec 18 2019 by

first_imgFor those that live outside Europe it is unlikely you would have ever heard of low cost carrier Wizz air or W!ZZ as they are more commonly written. Wizz commenced service from its base in Hungary in 2004 and has quickly become a popular airline of choice for travellers wanting low cost travel around Europe and especially the in vogue, Eastern Europe.  Whilst successful, most of the population outside Europe don’t know about Wizz and tend to stick with the more well known Ryan Air and easyJet for low cost air travel.Wizz has built up an impressive  route network in just 10 years serving over 100 destination with a fleet comprising of 52 A320 aircraft with an average fleet age of just four years.Wizz is an ultra low cost carrier meaning everything from water to snacks needs to be purchased on board, or passengers can bring their own (with the exception of hot drinks). Like easyJet and Ryanair, there is no inflight entertainment, no seat recline and no blankets or pillows. The seat pitch is a fairly comfortable 30 inch and much more comfortable than the 28-29 inch pitch offered by some of its competitors.To avoid being slugged with a 20 euro ‘airport check-in’ charge passengers must check-in on the web before their flight. If passengers know they will not be able to web check-in on line and print out a boarding pass, an airport check-in can be pre-purchased for 10 euro at the time of booking.  Web check-in is available 30 days to three hours prior to the flight. Web check-in is not available for flights departing  Dubai, Hurghada, Istanbul, corfu, Palma Dre Mallorca, Turin and Zaragoza.  In these cases there is no fee to check-in at the airport.            See Passenger Reviews for Wizz AirAs with any low cost carrier it pays to pre-purchase your checked baggage. Wizz air charges differing amounts for this based on the time of year you are travelling and the length of the route. There are also strict rules regarding carry-on baggage.  Larger carry-on baggage does need to be pre-purchased, however, small things like a hand bag can be carried on board for free. We strongly suggest you view the rules about baggage sizes and weights here to avoid hefty charges at the airport.When booking an airfare with Wizz it is worth checking what airport you will be arriving at.  Secondary airports, or airports far from the city centre are used by low cost carriers because it is cheaper. It is worth checking out how much it will cost to get from the secondary airport to your accommodation or the city centre as the full service carrier that flies into the main airport could end up being cheaper once you add on these extra transport costs.  Wizz, like easyJet, provide options to book cheap bus transport at the time of booking for a small fee and we strongly suggest you take this option to avoid the high charges that would come with catching a taxi.Of course as with every low cost carrier there are options to make your flight more comfortable and of course, these come at a price.  Using the example of London to Belgrade we looked at these options and the associated costs.WIZZ XXLong legroom seats are those at the front of the aircraft or the emergency exit that offer significantly more legroom and can be pre-purchased at the time of booking.  For the London Belgrade flight this would cost an extra 14 pounds per person.Wizz Xtra Space allows you to purchase the seat next to you so you are guaranteed to have a free seat.  This service can be purchased online, via the call centre, at the airport or onboard and will vary in price.  Wizz extra space also comes with priority boarding.Wizz Reserved Seat, at a cost of seven pounds, is another add on service that guarantees you a seat in the first three rows of the aircraft meaning you can be amongst the first to get on and off the plane.Wizz Xpress Priority Boarding at three pounds, lets you board the plane and pick your seat first (remember seating is not allocated). When travelling by bus to the aircraft you will be in a section at the front of the bus that ensures you are boarded first.Provided you follow the rules and look at the total costs involved in getting from “A to B” Wizz Air may just be your answer to getting around Europe cheaply.  Despite not being well known outside Europe, it is a big airline and definitely worth checking out if you’re looking for some cheap flights.last_img read more

Another look at 20 years of fertilizer recommendations

Posted On Dec 18 2019 by

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest There are likely as many varied opinions on the validity and the accuracy of the Tri-State Fertilizer Recommendations as there are farms and soil types. No matter what that opinion may be from field to field, it is hard to deny that the document has had an incredible impact on crop production in Ohio.last_img

INFOGRAPHIC: If Obama Used Foursquare

Posted On Dec 17 2019 by

first_imgjolie odell Tags:#Digital Lifestyle#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Today has been the Day of Location-Based Reporting at ReadWriteWeb, and what better way to help you end your tedious work week than by showing you this entirely speculative infographic that’s recently been making the rounds in our back channels. Now, since the Commander in Chief has admitted to not even being a Twitter user, we can also safely assume he’s not big into Foursquare, either. But what if he were? What if he had the freedom to complain about bad restaurant service, gossip about his colleagues and get a hard-earned “Bender” badge just like the rest of us? Would the maps of his checkins look something like these, perhaps?Featuring humorous – if fictional – anecdotes and tips from the POTUS, this graphic also blends real info about hotspots the First Family has hit up in four major U.S. cities. Perhaps one day, we’ll be able to talk Obama (or one of his predecessors) into sharing the minutiae of his nightlife with the public. How do you think the Secret Service would feel about that? Click the image below to see the full version, and let us know what you think in the comments.The piece was inspired by the Foursquare-integrating BlackBook Guides (iTunes link), a set of cultural guides to major cities, featuring restaurants, nightlife, travel, fashion and entertainment. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Del Potro beats Dimitrov to win Stockholm Open

Posted On Nov 30 2019 by

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ Laimbeer excited for chance to build Las Vegas franchise CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It was the Argentine’s first title since he beat Jack Sock in last year’s Stockholm final. The two Stockholm wins are del Potro’s only tour titles since he returned in 2016 following chronic wrist problems.For Dimitrov, it was his fourth final of the year and first defeat. The Bulgarian is now 7-6 in career finals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina celebrates after defeating Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov in the men’s singles final at the ATP Stockholm Open tennis tournament Sunday Oct. 22, 2017. (Claudio Bresciani/TT via AP)STOCKHOLM — Juan Martin del Potro won his 20th career title Sunday, beating Grigor Dimitrov in a successful title defense at the Stockholm Open.Del Potro held serve throughout as he won 6-4, 6-2 against Dimitrov while also landing 70 percent of first serves and firing in nine aces.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more


Posted On Nov 7 2019 by

first_imgThe Australian Teams have arrived on mass in Christchurch, New Zealand. The largest touring party that Touch Football Australia has ever sent overseas will commence playing in the All Nations tournament tomorrow, 26 October. The teams attended the official Australian night on Tuesday, with all players being presented their Australian playing uniform by TFA Director, Mr Peter Del Monte. Another part of the evening saw the announcement of the two players to carry the Australian flag at the opening ceremony of the All Nations tournament. Jody English from the Women’s 30’s side and David Cheung from the Men’s 40’s team were selected as the representatives and were obviously proud to have the honour of carrying their Nations flag. Both players have been fantastic role models and ambassadors for the sport since they commenced representing Touch Football Australia, and have been a part of many international and World Cup campaigns. Congratulations Jody and David, we know you will lead your teams well and good luck to all All Nations players as your tournament begins tomorrow.last_img read more

Masters Trans Tasman Coach Applications

Posted On Nov 7 2019 by

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Prince Charles Attends StarStudded Garden Party For Princes Trust

Posted On Oct 16 2019 by

first_imgThe Prince of Wales hosted a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace today to mark 40 years of His Royal Highness’s charity The Prince’s Trust.Dame Joan Collins and Gemma Arterton with Prince CharlesCredit/Copyright: Prince was joined by Prince’s Trust Ambassadors, including Sir Ben Kingsley, Fearne Cotton and Pixie Lott, alongside more than 5,000 of the charity’s supporters and beneficiaries. In the last 40 years, the charity has supported 825,000 young people.During the garden party Dame Joan Collins and Gemma Arterton presented His Royal Highness with a portrait of himself created from hundreds of images of people whose lives have been touched by the work of The Prince’s Trust.A digital book of memories containing messages recorded by young people and supporters of The Prince’s Trust was also presented to The Prince by Sir Ben Kingsley.Sir Ben Kingsley presents HRH with a Digital Book of MemoriesCredit/Copyright: Prince’s Trust was founded by The Prince of Wales in 1976, and supports 13 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed, struggling at school or at risk of exclusion.Many of the young people helped by The Prince’s Trust are in or leaving care, facing issues such as homelessness or mental health problems, or they have been in trouble with the law. The Trust’s programmes give vulnerable young people the practical and financial support needed to stabilise their lives, helping to develop self-esteem and skills for work.Singer Pixie Lott, who became a Trust Ambassador aged 18, said: “I just think that the work it does is amazing, giving young people a chance is so good. I’ve met some amazing people today, it’s lovely to hear their stories and how much more confidence they have from working with the Trust, and the way they’ve turned their lives around.” read more