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How Can We Make Baseball Watchable Again

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How To Make the Game Of Baseball More Entertaining

Over the years baseball has been a sport that is getting longer and longer. This is why I do not watch baseball anymore. I will watch if I am with a friend.I have watched the Red Sox 5 times. Now people might think this means that I know nothing about the sport, and should not say how to fix it. In the past, I would watch almost every game of the season from beginning to end.

I have watched the Red Sox, maybe  5 times this season. Now people might think this means that I know nothing about the sport, and should not say how to fix it. In the past, I would watch almost every game of the season from beginning to end.

Then the sport seemed to change, or maybe I changed, but I lost interest in baseball, mainly due to the pace of play. Just This year the Red Sox have played a few games that reached the four-hour mark. That is same time it takes to play a round of 18 walking the course. Then in the past couple of weeks, I have been watching the Little League World Series and I have loved every minute of it. These kids play ball like it should be played.

Then in the past couple of weeks, I have been watching the Little League World Series and I have loved every minute of it. These kids play ball like it should be played.

These games seem to go by really fast, then it hit me the kids only play 6 innings. This got me thinking what if the MLB shortens the number of innings in a game. Maybe not down to six but even one inning could save 1 hour of play on the high end.  I understand that the 6 innings is to protect the pitcher’s arms from injury and the kids themselves. Now the pitchers themselves have a pitch limit. The kids can only throw 85 pitches in a game, if they reach that mark mid count then they finish with that

Now the pitchers themselves have a pitch limit. The kids can only throw 85 pitches in a game, if they reach that mark mid count then they finish with that batter and have to be replaced, no buts. Then after the kid is not allowed to pitch for another 5 days again no buts. This is to prevent injury.

What if the MLB does something likes this and makes the game of baseball even more about strategy. Say all starting pitchers can only throw 90-95 pitches. If the pitcher gets shelled and only lasts three innings then too bad. Then other the other side he could pitch the whole game. Yes, this could hurt the bullpen guys like 8th inning guys and so on. This would also eliminate those guys and get rid of the bring one pitcher in for one batter potentially due to the shorter game.

Justin is a Computer Networking student at Wentworth Institute of Technology and joined the Trifecta Network as an Editor in February of 2016 and is a guest on Down to the WIRE Sports Talk.

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WEEI To Close Its Doors On Friday

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Boston sports radio station WEEI is set to close its doors on Friday amidst some highly controversial storylines.

The station is going to be stopping all broadcasts this Friday between 6 am- 6 pm with the entire company attending an all-day mandatory sensitivity training.

The company claimed in a press release that it is trying to put in place policies and procedures that are more align with their listeners and the City of Boston. This move comes after two major national incidents portrayed the station in a highly negative light with Alex Reimer calling Tom Brady’s daughter a “pissant” and Christian Fauria imitating Brady’s agent Don Yee.

These two incidents are not truly isolated though with morning show host Kirk Minihane always stirring the pot and going after anyone he dares too including media giant Boston Globe which is owned by Red Sox owner John Henry who has a radio contract with WEEI.

WEEI’s decision to go dark and refocus their staff has been met with some serious controversy with some supporting the decision but the general feeling is negative. The people who are looking at this in the negative light are seeing it as a serious form of censorship, a censorship that was clearly heard on the airwaves on Wednesday with Minihane saying repeatedly that they are going to do the worst radio show in America and hope they finish last in the rating book.

Ultimately this will likely kill WEEI as a radio station once again which is unfortunate since the Kirk and Callahan program has helped the station launch itself back into relevancy.  At this point, it looks like Minihane might be thinking of greener pastures.

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Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl Title Should Be Vacated For Illegal Play

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The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII but they did so illegally.

According to the NFL rulebook, former officials, and common sense the Eagles ran an illegal play on the Nick Foles touchdown catch trick play. Philly lined up illegally on the play with the officials during the game going with the wrong judgment call on the play. With the play being in the trick variety the officials during the game should have been even more aware of what is legal and what isn’t legal.

While this particular play didn’t decide the game it did result in points for the Eagles and impacted the final outcome of a Super Bowl.

Generally, when the Patriots are accused of doing something illegal it becomes a massive national story that doesn’t die with calls of win and to have their title stripped from them.

For that reason, I have taken it upon myself to demand that the Eagles have their title vacated and a long painful investigation with massive reports and then have counter reports with the team’s notes released.

None of this will happen, and it shouldn’t. But in the pursuit of being fair, it may be necessary.

If you haven’t guessed it at this point I am not actually serious about any of this, but the purpose of this was to point out the hypocritical nature of the media and their hatred of the New England Patriots.

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WEEI Censoring Kirk And Callahan With Station Advertisers Pulling Out

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The number one morning program in Boston is getting a makeover.

That program is, of course, WEEI’s Kirk and Callahan program that has been number 1 in the rating book for the last 6 months. Much of the show’s success can be attributed to Kirk Minihane who is widely known as a host that is willing to say anything and go after anyone. But now it is looking like WEEI is putting a muzzle on their prized horse in a move that might tank the station.

WEEI’s bosses have allegedly directed the show’s personalities to tone down the rhetoric and avoid certain subjects like attacking the hypocritical Boston Globe and their writing staff.

The reason for this censorship is unclear but with some advertisers pulling out from WEEI it could be the primary reason for WEEI’s change of heart. Advertisers have been pulling out for a variety of reasons with national incidents occurring with Alex Reimer calling Tom Brady’s daughter a “pissant” and Christian Fauria making a poor impression of Brady’s agent Don Yee.

Both incidents occurred at different times but within weeks of each other. The Boston Globe among other media outlets have crucified WEEI for these incidents.

Interestingly enough the Globe and their writers have gone out of their way to write negative outlook articles on WEEI which may or may not have attributed to censoring of radio personalities whose main job is to drive in ratings.

Always interesting to see a station running away from ratings by killing the only product that has them in first. Can’t imagine this will end well for the personalities involved or the station which is owned by Entercom.

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