Even though I’m on the record as being in favor of putting the designated hitter in both the American and National League, I do consider myself a card-carrying baseball traditionalist.

After writing this column, I may be called on to turn in my card.

But there are some interesting rule tweaks being tested in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. Some of them have my attention.

The independent league entered into an agreement with Major League Baseball to test, and gather data, with the specific intent to speed things along. The Atlantic League  gets to use top-of-the-line technology in its league, featuring many former MLB players looking for one more shot at The Show, which has to help at the gate. In return, MLB gets a laboratory for its diabolical experiments.

After all, there is no logical reason for any 9-inning baseball game to take more than three hours, and 2-1/2 is much more to my liking. That’s true of the postseason, and especially true when the Red Sox play the Yankees, although it’s possible it only feels like it takes forever and a day when those teams play a single game.

The case has to be made that technology has to be embraced by all professional sports, or risk disappearing from the face of the earth. Our kids love the stuff, and expect it to be used.

Some of the stuff, like an electronic strike zone, I’m taking a wait-and-see approach. I’d have to actually see it in action for a few games to really formulate an opinion. But with seven teams near the east coast and the eighth in Texas, I’ve a feeling I’ll be relying on the internet for that info.

If a pitch replay can be handled in a timely manner, like an in/out call in professional tennis, then I’m not sure I have a problem with it. But there has to be some severe limits put in place, lest games move more toward a cricket-like pace.

A rule change I’d like to see in place is eliminating mound visits. Managers will need to decide a little quicker to get a reliever up and warming.

My compromise: a coach asks for time out from the dugout. Once granted, the coach has to be back in the dugout in 40 seconds. It might mean the mound visit is made on a baseline, but the stall tactic is minimized.

I don’t like the idea of a pitcher facing a minimum of three hitters. Instead, the manager can make the subsequent change from the dugout, and the next guy in gets three warmup pitches, not eight.

Another proposal calls for a minimum of two infielders on either side of second base. While I detest the shift, I abhor (is that a stronger word?) paid professionals not being able to beat it.

Yes, it’s a round ball and a round bat, and the idea is to hit the ball square. Yes, a power hitter is neutralized by not swinging for the fences each and every time up.

But the rules have, since the beginning of the game, required only a player behind the plate and a designated place from which the pitcher begins. Everything else is up to the other team.

Keeping the line moving is a perfectly valid offensive strategy, and requiring the defense to defend it is silly at best.

The one change that intrigues me most didn’t kick in until after the ALPC’s mid-season point. A batter may now choose, regardless of count, to take off from the box to “steal first” if the ball gets away from the catcher. The way it is now, if the bases are empty and a pitch gets away from the catcher, the bat attendant tracks the ball down.

That has all kinds of strategic implications.

In a close game in the late-innings, would a pitcher throw fewer breaking balls, or fastballs up, to someone like, say, Javier Lopez? The ball doesn’t have to get away very far for Lopez to go for it.

On the other hand, a guy like Anthony Rizzo might have to stop and think about it, and that hesitation might prove costly.

And scouting reports become that much more valuable: what pitches are thrown on what counts?

If nothing else, there’s plenty of opportunity to make up for any lost strategy when the designated hitter is implemented in the National League. We know that’s a matter of when, not if, now, and it may be in place as early as next spring, but it seems more likely to be a part of the next collective bargaining agreement with the players union.

And by the way, I never said a pitcher should never hit. But it seems unlikely even the best hitting hurlers are a better option at the plate than someone on the payroll because they hit well. The rule is if the pitcher hits, there’s no DH.

It’s time to take the game into the 21st century, even if it is with many fans kicking and screaming.