FanGraphs Audio: Dave Cameron Analyzes New Baseball

Episode 448
Dave Cameron is both (a) the managing editor of FanGraphs and (b) the guest on this particular edition of FanGraphs Audio — during which edition he analyzes the baseball that’s there and also the baseball that isn’t.

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Audio after the jump. (Approximately 45 min play time.)

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joser
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joser
2 years 19 days ago

You have to have a break in between each 3 inning contest, and the reason for that is so that there is time for the spectators to file out, pay for new tickets, and file back in again. Because tripling the revenue is the only way you’d be able to persuade team owners (minor league or whatever) to go for this idea.

John Dupont
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John Dupont
2 years 18 days ago

And you should get Dave Cameron’s opinion after he partakes in some adult beverages…..

Ryan
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Ryan
2 years 18 days ago

It sure is weird listening to the many Jose Fernandez mentions when this was clearly recorded before the injury was known. :(

Robert
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Robert
2 years 18 days ago

Along the lines of calling this Arena Baseball, they should use metal baseball bats.

joser
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joser
2 years 17 days ago

In that case they should also use a dead-er (less lively) ball, so as not to kill pitchers on come-backers.

joser
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joser
2 years 17 days ago

So this opens up a larger question I like to pose to the folks in the next seat or on the next barstool during games: what one rule change would you make to the sport?

For me, it’s the “batter can reach first base on a dropped 3rd strike.” Even though this rule has been in the rulebook from the very beginning, it’s always struck me as weirdly arbitrary. But I wouldn’t get rid of it; I’d generalize it so that the batter can try to reach first on any dropped (swinging) strike. The batter would have to swing at the pitch, but if the catcher missed or dropped the ball the batter could take off running, no matter what the count. Suddenly “stealing first” would be kind of a thing.

I don’t think this would change the game very much, but it would allow those speedsters who have trouble with breaking balls a broader opportunity to get on base — and give pitchers who throw those kind pitches a little something extra to worry about. I doubt anybody would deliberately swing at a pitch in the dirt in the hope that it gets by the catcher, but if they did, more power to them. A few more baserunners makes the game more interesting.

As to how to score this, I’d treat it as a Reached On Error (and no K for the pitcher unless it was actually the 3rd strike, exactly like it works now). I’d also add RoE to the OBA stat, since it probably would be happening a little more frequently and that should get included in the stat anyway.

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