1) there would be a lot of intentional unintentional walks
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2) a lot more people would get plunked.
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Yeah, my league banned intentional walks. But "unintentional intentional walks" happen all the time (I've done it myself lots of times) and I know of several instances where people have been hit on purpose. You can't just change a rule like that and expect it to do anyhitng significant. Although it would be nice if we could say "everybody has to throw strikes to Barry"
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At least make the pitchers throw close to the zone so that there is at least a chance of a hit. As for pitchers throwing wild, make it a rule that any pitcher who throws 3 consecutive pitches so far out of the zone(or into the dirt) that they could be considered wild, then that pitcher must be replaced.
I have just had a brainwave, here are a list of dumb rules for consideration. (In no particular order of stupidity)
1. 3 wild pitches in a row, compulsory drag.
2. Any player deemed to have been intentionally walked cannot be picked off at first. (may be thrown out at 2nd or tagged out in a squeeze).
3. The pitcher has to take a microphone and proclaim before the stadium " I am too scared to throw to this guy"
4. The batter has the option of refusing the walk the first time, thus meaning that it will take 8 pitches instead of 4 to walk bonds.
5. Any pitcher guilty of intentionally walking is automatically disqualified from the Cy Young award.
6. The same pitcher is not allowed to intentionally walk the same hitter twice in a.game.
As for the infield fly rule, any player who drops an infield fly should have to drop and do 20 before they can pick up the ball.
5. Any pitcher guilty of intentionally walking is automatically disqualified from the Cy Young award. 6. The same pitcher is not allowed to intentionally walk the same hitter twice in a.game.
i like both of these rules... its not eliminating the rule... its eliminating the players' desire to use it as a crutch...
and as for pitchers intentionally giving unintentional walks, because the catcher has to be in the crouched position, intentional unintentional walks will increase the amount of wild pitches, passed balls, and stolen bases.
The IBB is unchangeable in any facet IMO. It would be like the Butterfly Effect, the dynamics of the game would change so much that it wouldn't be baseball anymore.
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