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What rules would you change to make sports better?

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24: Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers talks with home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi #10 in game one of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Could chip technology replace home-plate umpires?

So let’s just say you were the ruler of all sports ... what an opportunity that would be to fix all that is perceived to be wrong with them, right?

That’s how Globe sports editor Joe Sullivan and columnist Dan Shaughnessy approached their discussion of sports rules on Monday’s Season Ticket podcast. The conversation also addressed some of the suggestions readers shared on social media when we asked which rules they’d change.

Here’s a sampling of their thoughts:

Should three fouls balls be an out in baseball


Sullivan: “Foul balls drive me nuts. There are so many foul balls. [How about] three foul balls and you’re out?”

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Shaughnessy: “I understand what you’re saying [but] you cannot do that. That’s ridiculous. It’s changing everything about baseball as we know it. I understand it—this notion of grinding out at bats, that it’s rewarded, is really hard to watch. It’s a waste of baseballs. [But] it’s a competitive thing. They teach it. They work at it and, it’s unfortunate, but I think we’re stuck with that one.

On eliminating home plate umpires

Shaughnessy: “I understand that [this] is possible now with chips. We can have a chip in the players’ letters and knees and a chip in the ball and did it go through the zone—that whole thing. You know, it’s taking away the human element. I don’t like it. I understand it. I don’t like it. Not going for it.”

On pass interference in football

Sullivan: “It could be called on every pass play. It could be not called on every pass play. And the idea that you can gain 40 yards on one penalty just seems out of whack with every other penalty they call on the games. So, I want defensive pass interference to be 10 yards ... just like offensive pass interference is 10 yards.”

On injury time at the end of soccer games

Shaughnessy: “Let’s get rid of the injury time at the end of the game and the notion that one person in the whole world knows how much time is left on the clock. You’ve got the most important game in the world — World Cup final, whatever, and it’s 0-0 or 1-1 and then the game clock goes down to zero. And ... they’re still out there. And one person is running around with a whistle and an injury time watch. It takes away all the drama of sports! You watch the clock go down to zero and everyone [besides the one ref] is left in the dark on this important event as to how much time is left. It’s the stupidest rule in sports.”

Listen to the full discussion here:


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