Nathan Thompson from Vernon, British Columbia is our August Contest Winner!
Nathan is in 11th grade, and plays middle infield for the Vernon Canadians. He roots for the Blue Jays and the Astros, and his favorite player is George Springer. Congratulations, Nathan!
August Question & Winning Response:
Baseball and softball are always evolving with new rules and technology.
Part 1: What is a new rule or technological advancement that you would like to see?
I would like to see the stealing of first base rule. I find it intriguing, and it brings an extra strategic component to the game. Furthermore, it would be quite a rare thing to happen because there aren’t many passed balls and stealing first would be very hard to accomplish.
Part 2: Name a specific player or team who would most benefit from this change, and let us know why!
As for the team and players that would benefit the most, I would have to say the Kansas City Royals. They currently are the fastest team in baseball in 2019, and the reason they are 28th on the MLB Power Rankings is specifically because they haven’t been able to generate runners and score. With the trio of Billy Hamilton, Whit Merrifield and Adalberto Mondesi combining to steal 111 bases in 2018, I think that this change could be a real game changer for their team. Not only would it allow them to generate more baserunners and score, but it might even lead them to another World Series Championship.
BONUS: Is there a rule or change that you do NOT want to see implemented? How come?
I’ve researched and have looked at some absurd rule ideas, ranging from 7-inning games to eliminating the designated hitter, but I just cannot get with the idea of computerized umpires. For one, it will put so many people out of a job. I think it also eliminates some of the feeling of the game. I myself, and probably a lot of fans, really enjoy watching a player or manager bark at an umpire over a call that didn’t go their way. Taking away the possibility of mistakes by umpire just eliminates a lot of the entertaining parts of the game of baseball.