Sol(stice) Train

Today is the shortest day of the year. Which doesn’t really make any sense, because every day is supposedly 24 hours long. More accurately, it’s the Winter Solstice, the day we in the Northern Hemisphere see the sun for the shortest amount of time. In fact, there ain’t been sunshine all day in Fort Wayne, so it can only get better from here.

Lately the baseball transactions have been settling down a little, but I did hear that the Padres did not offer a contract to Jackson Quezada, who saved 27 games for Fort Wayne in 2008. He was on the 40-man roster so the Padres would avoid losing him in the Rule 5 Draft but he had an arm injury and didn’t pitch in 2009. I’m hearing he’s supposed to re-sign with San Diego on a minor-league deal but haven’t heard that it’s actually happened yet.

So what else is happening in baseball (classic late-night talk show monologue time-wasting line)… Bud Selig has put together a committee of baseball people to look at ways of improving baseball games. My favorite part of this is that Selig made sure everyone knew nothing was taboo by saying there are no “sacred cows.” Odd, but OK.

What kind of changes would you want? I’d say speed up the game, first and foremost. I’m not so worried about coaching visits or pitching changes, but there are pitchers who kill the flow to a game when a runner gets on base. The TinCaps really only had one or two guys who did this in 2009, and they got an earful for it. Keep the game moving and keep your defense on its toes. Some games will still go over three hours, but not nearly as many. If there needs to be a pitch clock, then so be it. They’re experimenting with it in college. Why not try it in pro ball? Remember, no sacred cows.

Secondly, no more November baseball. The teams that made the World Series this year had more days off during the playoffs than they did during the 162-game regular season. Even as someone who travels with a baseball team for five-plus months of the year, travel days during a playoff series are ridiculous and so is the concept of one pitcher possibly starting three games in one series. It’s probably nice for the players to have days off, but I would think it would make things tougher on hitters, who depend on timing, to not see live pitching for days at a time.

That’s all I can think of for now. Let me know in the comments if you have any ideas!

Holy (sacred) cow… Christmas is later this week. In less than two weeks, we’ll be in a new decade. When did that happen?


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