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Would Moving the Mound Back Be Baseball's Worst Rule Experiment?


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the Atlantic League
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the Players Association
Morgan Sword
Cooper
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San Francisco Giants
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J.J. Cooper of Baseball America
Eric Byrnes
Tommy John
Jon Roegele
Jeff Zimmerman
Kyle Boddy
Duane Kuiper
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SOURCE: https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2823272-would-moving-the-mound-back-be-baseballs-worst-rule-experiment
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These will reportedly include the use of an automated strike zone and moving the mound back an undisclosed distance, though the Atlantic League declined to confirm any specifics, per J.J. Cooper of Baseball America.As Cooper noted, "the Atlantic League, which is full of veteran pitchers, many of whom have MLB experience, will give MLB an opportunity to try out a rather significant change with high-caliber players.""We've been talking a lot to our clubs and to the Players Association about changes to rules on the field," MLB senior vice president of league economics and operations Morgan Sword told Cooper. Would moving the mound back and giving them more time to size up a pitch make them do that more or less frequently?Again, there's nothing wrong with growth and innovation, even in a game as history-steeped as baseball. We're all ears.But moving the mound back, assuming this experiment moves from an Atlantic League microcosm to an MLB reality, feels drastic bordering on reckless. Arm angle, stride, release point...all will have to be reworked.To quote San Francisco Giants broadcaster and former big leaguer Duane Kuiper, speaking on KNBR's Murph & Mac, "If they move the mound, I'll quit."Maybe there's nothing wrong with MLB testing this out in the Atlantic League.

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