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    MLB Baseball pitching question

    I admit to not being incredibly knowledgeable on the subject of baseball. I understand all the rules, but there are certain things I have never understood.

    Question 1: Does a pitcher putting on a coat over their pitching arm really help keep it "more warm?" I've never understood why when it is 90 degrees out in Florida, the pitcher goes to the dugout and puts a coat on. Does it really need to be kept warmer than that?

    Question 2: Why is it so much easier for batters to hit off of opposite throwing pitchers? Is it strictly the release point? Or is it harder to find locations for the pitcher?

    Question 3: Why does the AL DH and the NL not?

    Question 4: How can ballparks be different sizes? It would seem to not make certain stats fair in the game of baseball. If one football field was 5 yards longer think of all the whining that would happen. There has to be some team in baseball that has hit against the smallest total distance to the wall. Wouldn't this skew HR numbers?


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    Re: MLB Baseball pitching question

    Quote Originally Posted by cyfan964 View Post
    I admit to not being incredibly knowledgeable on the subject of baseball. I understand all the rules, but there are certain things I have never understood.

    Question 1: Does a pitcher putting on a coat over their pitching arm really help keep it "more warm?" I've never understood why when it is 90 degrees out in Florida, the pitcher goes to the dugout and puts a coat on. Does it really need to be kept warmer than that?

    Question 2: Why is it so much easier for batters to hit off of opposite throwing pitchers? Is it strictly the release point? Or is it harder to find locations for the pitcher?

    Question 3: Why does the AL DH and the NL not?

    Question 4: How can ballparks be different sizes? It would seem to not make certain stats fair in the game of baseball. If one football field was 5 yards longer think of all the whining that would happen. There has to be some team in baseball that has hit against the smallest total distance to the wall. Wouldn't this skew HR numbers?


    I love watching the game of baseball, not the Cubs losing, but that's another story..... I have just never understood a few things.
    This question I have always wondered as well??? makes no sense to me since baseball back in the day started with no DH



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    Re: MLB Baseball pitching question

    Quote Originally Posted by CYCRAZY View Post
    This question I have always wondered as well??? makes no sense to me since baseball back in the day started with no DH
    Also, the mound was higher, blacks couldn't play, and many other things. Just because it started that way doesn't make it better, just makes it old.


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    Re: MLB Baseball pitching question

    Only in baseball can there be different rules (DH), varying field dimensions, coaches wearing uniforms, etc. One of many reasons baseball gets old fast.


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    Re: MLB Baseball pitching question

    Quote Originally Posted by cyfan964 View Post
    I admit to not being incredibly knowledgeable on the subject of baseball. I understand all the rules, but there are certain things I have never understood.

    Question 1: Does a pitcher putting on a coat over their pitching arm really help keep it "more warm?" I've never understood why when it is 90 degrees out in Florida, the pitcher goes to the dugout and puts a coat on. Does it really need to be kept warmer than that?

    Question 2: Why is it so much easier for batters to hit off of opposite throwing pitchers? Is it strictly the release point? Or is it harder to find locations for the pitcher?


    Question 3: Why does the AL DH and the NL not?

    Question 4: How can ballparks be different sizes? It would seem to not make certain stats fair in the game of baseball. If one football field was 5 yards longer think of all the whining that would happen. There has to be some team in baseball that has hit against the smallest total distance to the wall. Wouldn't this skew HR numbers?


    I love watching the game of baseball, not the Cubs losing, but that's another story..... I have just never understood a few things.
    When a batter is facing a pitcher that throws from the same side they hit, the ball is coming across their body. Typically the pitch moves from the inside -> out and vice-versa.



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    Re: MLB Baseball pitching question

    Quote Originally Posted by LeSchmick View Post
    Only in baseball can there be different rules (DH), varying field dimensions, coaches wearing uniforms, etc. One of many reasons baseball gets old fast.
    How could that make the game old?



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    Re: MLB Baseball pitching question

    Quote Originally Posted by LeSchmick View Post
    Only in baseball can there be different rules (DH), varying field dimensions, coaches wearing uniforms, etc. One of many reasons baseball gets old fast.
    I think most of that stuff makes the game more interesting. There are more variables to think through.

    Coaches and managers wearing uniforms, though, that's strange to me.


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    Re: MLB Baseball pitching question

    Quote Originally Posted by HiltonMagic View Post
    Also, the mound was higher, blacks couldn't play, and many other things. Just because it started that way doesn't make it better, just makes it old.
    The leagues should be the same the DH is dumb


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    Re: MLB Baseball pitching question

    Quote Originally Posted by LeSchmick View Post
    Only in baseball can there be different rules (DH), varying field dimensions, coaches wearing uniforms, etc. One of many reasons baseball gets old fast.

    Dont watch it then, pretty simple fix



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    Re: MLB Baseball pitching question

    I like baseball for it's differences in stadiums and dimensions. Makes the game and managing interesting. I like the human aspect with the umps making most calls and very little replay.

    I think some pitchers might be superstitious on the one sleeve coat thing?

    I don't like the DH rule.

    Managers wearing uniforms is because they used to play and manage. I think it would be weird to see them not wearing it anymore.



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    Re: MLB Baseball pitching question

    I think it is absolutely ridiculous that it is not mandated that all fields have the exact same dimensions. That makes no sense, whatsoever.



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    Re: MLB Baseball pitching question

    Quote Originally Posted by cyfan964 View Post
    Question 1: Does a pitcher putting on a coat over their pitching arm really help keep it "more warm?" I've never understood why when it is 90 degrees out in Florida, the pitcher goes to the dugout and puts a coat on. Does it really need to be kept warmer than that?
    It's to keep the arm warmer than the rest of the body so it stays loose between innings. As soon as the arm starts to cool off and the muscles start to cool down, pitchers can run into trouble fast.



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    Re: MLB Baseball pitching question

    Quote Originally Posted by cyfan964 View Post
    I admit to not being incredibly knowledgeable on the subject of baseball. I understand all the rules, but there are certain things I have never understood.

    Question 1: Does a pitcher putting on a coat over their pitching arm really help keep it "more warm?" I've never understood why when it is 90 degrees out in Florida, the pitcher goes to the dugout and puts a coat on. Does it really need to be kept warmer than that?

    Question 2: Why is it so much easier for batters to hit off of opposite throwing pitchers? Is it strictly the release point? Or is it harder to find locations for the pitcher?

    Question 3: Why does the AL DH and the NL not?

    Question 4: How can ballparks be different sizes? It would seem to not make certain stats fair in the game of baseball. If one football field was 5 yards longer think of all the whining that would happen. There has to be some team in baseball that has hit against the smallest total distance to the wall. Wouldn't this skew HR numbers?


    I love watching the game of baseball, not the Cubs losing, but that's another story..... I have just never understood a few things.
    For me sliders/curveballs start at you with same sided pitchers. If you dont pick up the spin on the ball you think it will hit you. Where as if it is an opposite side pitcher everything starts on the outside and comes into you. Most people can hit better outside of the strike zone rather then the inside. Just my .02


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    Re: MLB Baseball pitching question

    to get people to ask questions



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    Re: MLB Baseball pitching question

    Quote Originally Posted by 06Panther View Post
    I think it is absolutely ridiculous that it is not mandated that all fields have the exact same dimensions. That makes no sense, whatsoever.
    Why is it ridiculous? If all fields were identical then it wouldn't be that entertaining to go to different fields. The different dimensions creates a home field advantage. Also why some teams are heavy on power hitters when they have a smaller field and and team with a big field have faster players.


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