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The Atlantic League Plans To Move The Pitcher’s Mound Back One Foot, And It’s a Great Idea

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It’s easy to say that today’s Major League hitters should “make adjustments” to prevent strikeouts, but what if I told you that it’s too hard? Apparently Major League Baseball agrees, so they’re having the Atlantic League move the mound back a foot. Ya know, to give hitters that extra split second to make a decision. It’s actually a brilliant idea, and I’ll explain why.

When Tony Gwynn and Pete Rose were “taking what the pitcher gave” on a slashed single to left field, how often were they seeing a pitch like this? Spoiler: Never.

I’m simply stating that eventually, evolution overpowers a sport. We started seeing it in the NBA about ten years ago when teams learned that taking three-point shots was worth the risk. Now, everyone’s taking and making those.

It’s just baseball’s turn. All hitters see today are 98 mile-an-hour fastballs with wicked movement. The days of the lefty starter throwing 88 mph for seven innings are gone with the wind.

They went away when analytics figured out that home runs were more effective than singles, stolen bases, and successful hit-and-runs. MLB organizations countered the sudden itch for the long ball by finding ways to prevent contact. Their answer was velocity, and now baseball is admitting these hitters are overmatched. Pitching velocity should still remain, but hitters can’t get a job done when all they see are Pedro Martinez-like heaters.

And baseball is doing this the right way

What harm does it do for the Atlantic League to give moving the mound back a try? It won’t change baseball until it’s gone through a long, drawn out process of trial and error. If hitters suddenly start putting the ball in play and velocity becomes less of a factor like in years past, then maybe we start seeing small ball again?

We won’t know unless we try!

Written by Gary Sheffield, Jr

Gary Sheffield Jr is the son of should-be MLB Hall of Famer, Gary Sheffield. He covers basketball and baseball for OutKick.com, chats with the Purple and Gold faithful on LakersNation, and shitposts on Twitter. You can follow him at GarySheffieldJr

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  1. I have to disagree on this. The 60’ 6” from the rubber to home plate, 90’ between bases is the sport. We can accomplish the same thing in ways that don’t change the basics. It allows us to compare players/eras to each other. Can’t we do less radical things to help the hitter. Consistent strike zone, pitchers facing at least 3 batters, limiting the amount of pitchers on the active roster. Get rid of shifts too, requiring two infielders on each side of 2B at pitch release. I love baseball because it isn’t changing rules every off season. That I can say I played the game in college on the same scale of MLB. Everyone of these huge power pitchers break down eventually. If they have to throw more innings each year-they’d have to moderate how hard they throw.

  2. That doesn’t put small ball in play, they should be doing that now and they aren’t. This will just make everything about jacking one. Small ball is what you fo to overcome powerful pitching…which backing the mound up removes.

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