So how did New Zealand’s election go?
On Saturday New Zealand has an election, who are the main players and what are the big issues?
1. There is already a pitch clock in the minors. I don't know if it successful or if it simply going to be used to help train young pitchers to be more efficient (and not be adopted at the majors)
2. The batter's box rule was initiated either this season or last; it's not clear that the Umpires are enforcing it.
3. Player's Union will fight elimination of specialist pitching.
4. Challenges are new and I think they will continue tinkering with the scope. I think a lot of people don't like the challenges in which the baserunner is sliding over a bag, but because of the bumpy surface (the bag), slow motion tv will show a moment where the body is not in contact and call an out that nobody every imagined was an out. Here instant replay is not making the rulings more objective, but creating a new type of play that didn't exist previously.
5. The strike zone has been shrinking.
Overall, the problem is that the regular games clock in around 3 hours; but for people who don't watch until the post-season, they see a different type of game where teams are trying to wring out every edge, and they have extra days of rest to have more pitchers available. I'm sure tv advertising doesn't hurt. I would eliminate walks to the mound, but in the post-season these are the times where dramatic narratives are pushed. What's he saying to the young pitcher? (Pitch better) ((I'm trying))