Not4u13, I apologize for the slow response, but I’ve been an MLB fan since the mid- or late-1960’s, and there are many things about the game that have always been pet peeves of mine. So I’ll list them below. I also think in the modern world, when attention spans can only be stretched to 15 seconds or 140 characters, the game needs to change or die. When the Anaheim Ducks were playing the Nashville Predators in the NHL playoffs a few weeks, ago, I switched between the Ducks game and the Angels game a few times and the differences were shocking. So here goes:
1. Intentional walk. I agree that an intentional walk should be gestured rather than requiring four pitches. It’s already being done in MLB, but not at most of the lower levels.
2. 20 seconds between pitches. A violation counts as a ball to the current batter.
3. No stepping off the mound. There’s no need for a pitcher to take a stroll around the mound between pitches, whether rubbing up a new baseball or adjusting his crotch.
4. No stepping out of the batter’s box. Same as #3 above. The batter can get his signs from the third base coach while in the box. There’s no need to step out and take a practice swing or readjust your batting gloves when you just did it for the tenth time one pitch ago. A violation counts as a strike.
5. No visits to the mound by coaches or managers for discussions or pep talks. Talk strategy or tactics before the game or between innings.
6. No visit to the mound to change pitchers. The manager can signal the change from the dugout. The ceremony of taking the ball from the departing pitcher and handing it to the incoming one is silly.
7. Field size. The shape of the outfield and the distance to the fences should be standard in all ballparks, with exceptions made only for altitude. No other sport allows the home team to change the shape of the playing field or ice rink to its advantage.
8. No eating while playing. Baseball is the only sport in which players toss sunflower seeds into their faces for three hours while in the field. Eat before and after the game.
9. No chewing tobacco. This one’s obvious, for many reasons.
10. Uniforms on players only. I don’t need to see 300-pound Mike Scioscia jogging his fat ass to the mound in white yoga pants. And shriveled old beef jerky managers like Jim Leyland shouldn’t be in uniform either. What’s the point? You never saw John Wooden coaching in shorts and a tank top, and Bill Belichick doesn’t coach in a helmet and shoulder pads. If you aren’t an active player, dress in a suit or business casual attire.
11. Catchers call pitches. For over a hundred years, catchers were smart enough to call the pitches during a game. Now they’re suddenly too stupid and managers have to call every pitch. It only takes five seconds to get the signs from the dugout and signal them to the pitcher, but at 300 pitches a game, that adds 25 minutes to every ball game for no reason.
12. Tie games. The NHL plays a 5-minute, 3-on-3 overtime before going to a shoot-out in regular season games. MLB could do the same. Play one extra inning, and if still tied, go to a home-run derby to decide the winner.
There are many more, but I think you get the idea.