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    March 21, 2019 8:07 PM PDT

    Sean M. Haffey/Getty ImagesThe Boston Red Sox are World Series champions once again http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-tom-glavine-jersey , and the team will get a chance to celebrate with the fans before too long.The team announced Monday morning that the parade will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. ET, per Kevin Slane of Boston.com. As for television coverage, MLB Network will broadcastthe parade per usual, and local news stations in Boston are also expected to have coverage of the event.Per the city's press conference Monday, the parade route will begin on Boylston Street near Fenway Park until Boston Common, before taking a left on Tremont Street. From there, it will head to Cambridge Street and end on Staniford Street.And yes, there will once again be the duck boats.Although the last few years saw teams winning their first World Series titles in franchise history or at least first in many years, the Red Sox are well-prepared for a parade after winning their fourth championship in 15 years.The city has also seen more success outside of just baseball:Bleacher Report BleacherReportBest sports city? 4lTGJkYEb9After Red Sox championships in 2004, 2007 and 2013, the city used its amphibious duck boat tours to display the players on both the roads and in the water.The 2013 parade went from Fenway Park into the Charles River, covering a total of 3.8 miles:Only In Boston OnlyInBOSThe Boston Red Sox parade route starting at 10am #WorldSeriesChamps http://t.co/t4jToRObjGMayor Marty Walsh's congratulatory tweet Sunday night hinted at more duck boats, which was confirmed Monday:Mayor Marty Walsh marty_walshFire up the Duck Boats for the #WorldSeries Champions -- congratulations RedSox, we can鈥檛 wait to welcome you home! #DoDamage #DamageDone dqUGL0ufANThe 2018 team was dominant throughout the year with a major league-best 108 wins before going 11-3 in the postseason on its way to a title. While title fatigue might set in with the fans, there will likely still be a packed city during the parade to celebrate this outstanding squad. Baseball Chipper Jones Jersey , like all sports, must evolve to survive. Rule changes and strategic tweaks are as necessary as they are inevitable.That said, there are limits. There are bad ideas.Moving the pitcher's mound back seems like one of them.In case you missed it, the independent Atlantic League鈥攊n concert with MLB鈥攚ill implement a number of rule changes. These will reportedly include the use of an automated strike zone and moving the mound back an undisclosed distance, though the Atlantic League declined to confirm any specifics, per J.J. Cooper of Baseball America.As Cooper noted, "the Atlantic League, which is full of veteran pitchers, many of whom have MLB experience, will give MLB an opportunity to try out a rather significant change with high-caliber players.""We've been talking a lot to our clubs and to the Players Association about changes to rules on the field," MLB senior vice president of league economics and operations Morgan Sword told Cooper. "We have prototypes of new equipment we want to see in action. Our group thought it was better to see them [tested] in an unaffiliated baseball league. It gives us an opportunity to test some of these things in regular-season competition."The "robo umpire" is an intriguing notion we've highlighted before. Depending on how it's rolled out, it has merit."Baseball players used to leave their gloves on the field between innings," former big leaguer and robo-ump proponent Eric Byrnes told me in July 2016. "They used to take trains across the country instead of airplanes. They used to not have lights and not play night games. It's a simple progression."Moving the mound back even by a foot or two, however, may not be progress. In fact http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-john-smoltz-jersey , it could be a counterproductive disaster.Granted, we're talking about an independent league trial run. It's not as if this is coming to a big league ballpark near you. But based on Cooper's report, baseball's higher-ups are clearly weighing the option.The Tommy John epidemic has leveled off. According to data gathered by FanGraphs' Jon Roegele, 143 minor and major league players underwent the procedure in 2015. That figure fell to 122 in 2016, 100 in 2017 and 84 in 2018.San Francisco Giants right-hander Johnny Cueto was one of 84 MLB and MiLB pitchers to undergo Tommy John surgery in 2018.Jason O. Watson/Getty ImagesStill, it's a significant issue that curtails and sometimes ends the careers of pitchers at all levels. And now, just as it seems to be abating, MLB reportedly wants to experiment with guys throwing from a longer distance, potentially putting even more strain on their arms and elbows?So we arrive at baseball's velocity obsession. Pitchers who tickle 100 mph are all the rage in today's game, but radar-gun-singeing fastballs and arm injuries are at least tangentially connected.In 2015, the Hardball Times' Jeff Zimmerman did an analysis of pitchers who averaged 96 mph or more. He found they had a 27.7 percent chance of hitting the disabled list the following season, compared to a 15.2 percent chance for pitchers who averaged between 90 and 93 mph and an 11.2 percent chance for pitchers who averaged between 87 and 90 mph.That's not irrefutable evidence, but it strongly suggests throwing harder begets more injuries. Therefore, it stands to reason, moving the mound back could exacerbate arm problems.The 60'6" mound was established in 1893. It's one of the game's oldest norms. MLB lowered the mound in 1968 to combat an offensive decline Matt Kemp Jersey , but the quirky, symmetrical span between pitcher and batter has remained unaltered for 126 years.Why tweak it now? Total strikeouts topped 40,000 for the second consecutive year in MLB last season. That's only happened twice, ever: in 2017 and in 2018. Overall, MLB has set a new strikeout record for 11 consecutive seasons.Would moving the mound back reduce whiffs? Maybe, maybe not.Chicago White Sox infielder Yoan Moncada led MLB with 217 strikeouts in 2018, the 11th consecutive year baseball set a new record for whiffs.Tom Szczerbowski/Getty ImagesUpping the distance would give hitters more time to react to triple-digit heaters. But it might also make wipeout sliders and hammer curveballs deadlier."The mound being moved back will be way worse for hitters," Kyle Boddy of Driveline Baseball told Baseball America's Cooper. "The difference is not large from a velocity/reaction-time standpoint, but the movement difference is huge.""Play catch with a big leaguer throwing sliders at 50 feet and then play catch at 70 feet," Boddy added. "[Catch at] 70 feet is infinitely more terrifying."To be fair, Boddy doesn't suggest moving the mound will increase pitcher injuries. But he does seem to feel it could give pitchers an advantage, contrary to the ostensible goal of aiding hitters.Consider MLB's other obsession, launch angle, which coincided with an all-time record 6,105 home runs in 2017. Hitters are swinging for the fences in all-or-nothing fashion. Would moving the mound back and giving them more time to size up a pitch make them do that more or less frequently?Again http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-hank-aaron-jersey , there's nothing wrong with growth and innovation, even in a game as history-steeped as baseball. Pitch clocks? Automated strike zones? A universal designated hitter? Lowering the mound again? We're all ears.But moving the mound back, assuming this experiment moves from an Atlantic League microcosm to an MLB reality, feels drastic bordering on reckless. It seems like a "solution" that may only create more problems.The distance between the pitchers mound and home plate has been unchanged at the MLB level since 1893.Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press/Associated PressThink about it. Pitchers who've grown accustomed to hurling from 60'6" since they exited Little League will suddenly be asked to adjust. Arm angle, stride, release point...all will have to be reworked.To quote San Francisco Giants broadcaster and former big leaguer Duane Kuiper, speaking on KNBR's MurphMac, "If they move the mound, I'll quit."Maybe there's nothing wrong with MLB testing this out in the Atlantic League. On the other hand, maybe this is a concept MLB shouldn't consider in the first place.MLB has to evolve. Not all evolution is created equal, though, and the league may end up wishing this experiment had been cast aside like a soggy rosin bag.