July 7, 2014
Welcome to the latest edition of the Indy Ball Weekly Perspective
- Last year, the Atlantic League experimented with shortening the lengths of games. Since that time they have continued to collect data relevant to the cause, and have now created the Pace of Play Committee. The panel, which consists of Tal Smith, Roland Hemond, Joe Klein, Cecil Cooper, Bud Harrelson and Sparky Lyle, will be taking suggestions from fans, media, baseball people from a variety of sources, and proposals from the committee who will look for ways to enhance the "watchability" of the game while keeping the fundamental rules and integrity intact.
- To continue with the POP theme, MLB Hall of Famer, Pat Gillick has joined the committee. The Atlantic League is very happy to have Gillick on board, who has a wealth of experience to the table. "Pat brings a wealth of experience, ingenuity and perspective to the Pace of Play task,” said POP Committee Chair, Tal Smith. “Baseball will benefit from his participation on the committee, as it has from his many contributions and accomplishments over the years.”
- The American Association's Winnipeg Goldeyes are leading the league in attendance, again. With over 92,000 witnessing 17 home games, the Goldeyes are pulling in over 5,430 a game. In the Atlantic League, the always entertaining Sugar Land Skeeters are also sitting a top the leaderboard. After 35 games, the Skeeters have seen nearly 190,000 come through the turnstiles, roughly an average of 5,400 per game.
- The East Cost Baseball League is the latest group to try and put together an independent league. It's very premature to guess whether this will be a success, so there's no use guessing. According to their website, the league is looking to put together 3 divisions of 4 and a 48-60 game schedule. Potential markets include: Ontario, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio Indiana. We'll keep you posted on any further developments.