The rules and customs of a sport are what give it color, what make it into a bizarre pantomime mockery of real life, with its colorful pajamas and fireworks and artificial, hypnotic drama.
The quality of your fantasy league is only as good as its set of rulesâ€”and the character of its players.
One rule, but so many questions.
Mike identifies the flaws in the rules that typically govern basic fantasy formats.
Should there be a rule change to minimize injuries from takeout slides?
Is the solution to baseball’s pace problem a rule that’s already on the books?
The staff has some recommendations to bolster rules enforcement and call accuracy in Major League Baseball.
Ben and Sam answer listener emails about Mariano Rivera’s workload, rarely applied rules, FIELDf/x and shifts, quality starts, and more.
Watching 50 balks to get a read on an imprecise rule, arbitrarily applied.
Early last week, ESPN.com published a column by Jayson Stark that proposed 20 rules changes for MLB, ranging from the cosmetic (“Toughen up the save rule”) to the crazed (“But add the designated fielder”). Now, I’m not going to talk in particular about Stark’s column today, except to say that I think many of his suggestions sound good until you give serious consideration to how they would affect the way the game is played.