While MLB has been tinkering with the idea of adding more instant replay to the game (this in spite of the fact that even with instant replay the umps blew a fan interference call in game 4 of the ALDS), I've been thinking of a few new rules of my own. I'll grant you that with the country's default pending, with the government shut down, and with North Korea making new noise about an "all out war" the following may seem more than a bit trivial. But, as they say, so what? So here goes. New Rule #1: If you wear some old-timey version of your team's uniform it's got to be made of the same old-timey material as the original. That usually means wool. That's right, wool. We'll see who the real men are when a team has to don those woolen bad boys during a nice summer day in Atlanta or St. Louis. My guess is we'd see a faster game. Who's going to stand around calling time out five or six times per at bat with the sun beating down on a field full of wool uniforms? So, if you go old-timey you gotta go all the way. New Rule #2: Whatever equipment you wear into the batter's box you have to keep wearing until you return to the dugout. I don't know about you, but I've about had it with guys calling time out once they get on base so they can take off their batting gloves, elbow pads, shin guards, and whatever else they used during their at bat. Some players even switch out the batting gloves for a special set of sliding mittens. Please! A guy hits a double, slides into second with all the crap on that he had on in the batter's box and now for some reason he can't move another inch with the same stuff on? You put it on, you wear it 'til you're done. Plain and simple. I think both new rules would speed up the game nicely. What? You don't think the game needs speeding up? During yesterday's ALCS contest between the Red Sox and the Tigers one run was scored and the game took 3 hours and 56 minutes. Case closed.