The first rules have been determined, and there's one common theme.
Serious rules beat silly rules -- to a pulp.The results are below (or above if you want to scroll through the New Rulebook).
|When it comes to the intentional walk, let's pass on the four balls. (Getty Images)|
Awarding more than one run for a Willy Mo Pena-ian blast of 450 feet? Failed (3 percent).
Balancing the divisions to get rid of the short-staffed AL West? New Rule (18 percent). (Do we all agree that it's Houston who gets the AL bump on this one?)
The Bo Jackson Rule, in which all "sluggers" should break their bat after a strike out? Outta here (5 percent).
The rule saying teams with 100 losses are demoted to Triple-A? That's a New Rule (16 percent). (Do we then replace them with the top Triple-A team? This may need an amendment)
The rule limiting people sitting behind home plate one shameless TV spot? Failed (no votes).
The rule allowing managers to overturn one ejection per year? That's a New Rule (11 percent). And there was much rejoicing in Atlanta, Chicago and Detroit.
The rule of common courtesy, forcing fans to do their vending, bathroom breaking and various other non-baseball-related activities during inning breaks? Failed (no votes). And there was much anger from the few remaining hardcore baseball fans.
The rule forcing a relief pitcher to face at least two batters? That's a New Rule (9 percent).
The rule reversing MLB producer Adriane Rosen's rule of banning cheerleaders? Gimme a F-A-I-L-E-D (6 percent).
All rules posted on the message board during last week's/weekend's voting period will be eligible for this week's round of New Rules, which will be published on Wednesday. Thanks again for all the feedback as we re-write the baseball rules book.