To: Co- Commissioner Kelly “The Coach”
From: Co-Commissioner Eric “The Hammer”
CC: Public Commissioner Memos Blug
Reply to Memo Regarding Upcoming Rules Review and Proposals for Rule Changes
Re: List of Potential Rule Change Proposals
In preparation for the proposed rules review during the Oregon Tapey Beercone Invitational, this Commissioner has reviewed the proposed rule changes and offers the following insights. Rule changes not listed below do not include the complete list of all proposals, but are a subset determined by this Commissioner to require further review from the initial proposal.
Kudos on the idea to include intra-office correspondence of the Commissioner’s Office on tapeybeercone.com.
In addition to the rules review during the Oregon Tapey Beercone Invitational, this Commissioner formally proposes the election and appointment of a new Speaker of the Tapey Beercone Beer Congress for the upcoming Sixth Season. The Office of the Commissioners is grateful to Jeff “The Natural” for his faithful service and dedication to the Buckos Nation and our great game. However, this Commissioner believes it is time to bring fresh ideas to the table, lest we allow our game and nation to stagnate in this new decade of play.
This Commissioner looks forward to further discussion on these and other rules related topics.
Co-Commissioner Eric “The Hammer”Proposed States of Play Rules:
Sub-Section e: Calling Time – For purposes of promoting beer consumption and allowing bladder relief, the Umpire may grant time to a requesting player so long as the ball is not live.
This description of “Calling Time” is restrictive. It does not allow for time to be called for clarification of rules or play calls. It further does not allow for time to be called for the execution of penalties. This Commissioner therefore proposes the following wording of this rule:
Sub-Section e: Calling Time – The Umpire may grant time to a requesting player so long as the ball is not live. Interruptions of play requiring a player to leave the play area (e.g. Using an actual restroom) or requiring an extended break in play (e.g. Making and eating a large unwieldy sandwich) should be reserved for the inter-inning breaks.
Proposed Reformat of Runners Section:
Sub-section b: Limits on base advances – Runners may only advance one base in the event of a passed ball. Runners may not advance any additional bases on a successful throw out or bean out.
The definition of passed ball is vague and should be addressed. We should alter this rule to be “Wild Throw” and define whether this applies to throws missing their target but remaining in play. The MLB definition of “Passed Ball” applies only to balls that get by the catcher, and the Wild Throw rule (Rule 5.06(b)(4)(G)) applies only to balls that go out of play.
Sub-section c: No Sliding – No Sliding into bases is permitted; runners sliding into bases will be declared out.
An excellent and venerable rule. Slippery fields provide a unique problem in that coming to a stop often results in a slip / fall. Any thoughts?
Proposed Clarification of thrown outs:
Define in glossary: Thrown Ball: Any purposeful motion of the ball directed from a fielder is considered a thrown ball.
This Commissioner is in favor of the moderate ruling.
Proposed SUDDEN DEATH RULES:
Excellent! A great idea!
Proposed Removal of Reference to Inches:
This Commissioner has, in the past, advocated for a Buckos National System of measurement based purely on beer can measurements. Still hold this same opinion.
Note that the proposed text of the Strike Zone Definition also includes Imperial Measurement reference. This should be corrected if it is to be integrated into the rules review.
Proposed Pitching style rules:
Article III: Section B: Sub-Section a: Pitcher – The Pitcher delivers the ball underhand, in a single forward swing, and serves as Umpire in the absence of an Umpire.
This Commissioner is of the opinion that pitchers not be handicapped by technicalities, as delivery of pitches varies greatly between pitchers. In the proposed wording, delivery styles similar to “The Professor” could be construed as illegal. Furthermore, the proposed language would not disallow the fast-pitch style throw, because it is a single, albeit 360 degree, forward swing. This Commissioner does not find reason, at this time, to legislate on this subject as it has not yet become a contention in a real event.
However, a ground rule has been enacted on another facet of pitching pertaining, so far, only to “The Rooster/The Dragon” preventing the pitcher from taking more than one step past the rubber.