MLB Changing Intentional Walk Rules

Discussion in 'Brown Cafe Polls' started by UpstateNYUPSer, May 22, 2016.


Should MLB change the current intentional walk rules?

Poll closed May 29, 2016.
  1. Yes-----it is boring and will speed up the game.

  2. No----there is always the chance that the catcher may drop the ball or the batter may hit it.

  3. Don't care.

  1. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    MLB is considering several changes for the 2017 season, one of which includes a major change to the intentional walk rule which would mimic most slow softball leagues. Rather than the catcher standing up, signaling for the intentional walk and the pitcher being forced to throw four pitches, the new rule would allow the pitcher to simply signal his intent and the batter to advance to first base without any pitches thrown. The thought process behind this change is to speed up the game.
  2. Future

    Future Well-Known Member

    I like any idea that would speed up the game. This is a small step in that direction, but as stated it does eliminate the chance of a "passed ball" by the catcher on a wild throw.
  3. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    ...or the batter reaching out of the strike zone and hitting one of the pitches...
  4. Future

    Future Well-Known Member

    Very rare.... But it has happened
  5. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    I can recall Vladimir Guerroro (Expos) doing it a couple of times; of course, he would swing at anything from his ankles to his shoulders.

    I remember when I was coaching Babe Ruth I had a player who was being intentionally walked swing at one of the pitches, driving it down the right field line for a triple.
  6. upschuck

    upschuck Well-Known Member

    I think I heard where they are considering changing the strike zone, making it smaller, I believe. That would lengthen the game, either more walks, or more hits, a much bigger time impact than the intentional walk issue.
  7. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Yes, they are considering this change as well.
  8. sox

    sox Member

  9. sox

    sox Member

    Miggy Cabrera beat the Orioles about 10 years ago getting a rbi while getting walked and I remember Pete rose doing it!
  10. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt You can call me Chappy Staff Member

    or striking out Johnny Bench on a "supposed" intentional walk with the count 3-2.

    Last edited: Jun 9, 2016
  11. Future

    Future Well-Known Member

    First Favorite baseball team early 1970's amazing A's.......can still rattle off the starting lineup seconds!!