Why it’s time to stop whining about MLB’s new slide rule | David Lengel

Baseball’s brass are sticking to their new rules to protect sitting duck shortstops and second basemen. Plus, a new party room for the Cubs, Vin Scully is honored while the Orioles and Nats start off streaking

Human beings crave the familiar: almost anything that disrupts routine stresses us out in a major way. When Guardian readers woke up to a spanking new, re-launched website last year, they filled feedback forms with protest. A new iPhone operating system is released and forums quickly flood with complaints. Facebook updates its app, and the sky is falling. Then, at some point, and we can’t really say exactly when or why this happens, the new becomes the normal and everything is just fine, setting up the reaction for the next change (rinse and repeat).

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