MLB Reports – Drastic Changes To The Game Going Forward In The Next CBA?
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The game of baseball is in decline right? Loved hearing that yet once again from every non-baseball fan. I tend not to disagree, but to think that no changes going forward is the right call is entirely wrong.
With Bud Selig making his grand exit in 2 months, Rob Manfred has a daunting task of capturing the new age fan, while the core audience grows a little older next year.
Here at the Report we have suggested some radical thought-provoking topics towards how baseball can improve, so I thought I would put them all in one article.
This list coming forth is a compilation of our top personalities – and their stances towards how the game can improve.
In this blog, I am using a lot of (Paul Francis Sullivan) Sully’s ideas. He is our lead personality on this site, and has the pulse of all sorts of historical and new age references that make sense.
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We will also use some of our Owner/Lead Analyst’s (Chuck Booth) views to add to the puzzle.
Finally, the list is completed by yours truly.
Sully’s list of changes
1. Have the ALL – Star Game (from the previous year) as the kick off to the new MLB season opener every campaign.
Sully’s reasoning behind this makes total sense – as player are rewarded for 3 months of play, whereas they could stink in the 2nd half of a year, but are always labelled as an ALL – Star.
2. Start the season in March – in the warmer climate ballparks, so that your season can be over by Labor Day, and then the playoffs will be wrapped up by near the end of September – and you are not in competition with the NFL as much.
3. Kill the “WBC’ once and for all, as the season is already too much longer.
4. Start postseason series without waiting for TV to dictate the schedule. Shortening the season is a good idea.
5. Make every game available on MLB.TV and knockoff the regional blackouts for the clubs.
6. Stop enforcing the copyright infringements on ‘Youth Baseball’ – and instead by doling out free uniforms to the Little League as cost of marketing expense.
Sully often refers to the kids wanting to follow baseball more when they are wearing the same jersey’s as the pro’s. This is a perfect way to engage the younger demographic.
Chuck Booth’s changes.
1. Revamp the whole Divisional format so that we can have geographical/payroll sensed Divisions that make it easier on travel and competition based on economic factors.
2. Have the ALL – Star Game not mean anything for home field advantage. Just use the team with the best record determine who hosts more Divisional games.
3. Divisional games be scaled down to 11 games, other division in the same league down to 6 games each, and then to play a total of 50 Interleague games. Yes… you heard that right.
Part of the examples used for not having so many contests against one specific team is it doesn’t lend to the new playoff format, where 12 teams are competing for 2 wild card spots, after the 3 division winners are already in the postseason.
4. Just like point #3. Interleague should be ramped up by two or 3 times (36 – 50 games). It would be nice to showcase all of the stars around the league, so that we don’t have to wait 6 years for a player to come through.
That is ridiculous for a schedule that consists of 162 games per year. Under the new format, each team would play at least every 2 years in the other league’s park. This is smart business.
Hunter Stokes Changes (Chuck agrees with a lot of these two)
1. Eliminate both the DH and the Pitcher hitting, and just hit with a lineup of 8 players. This should help the offense. The Designated Hitter’s spot is the most futile it has been since it was created.
Nobody likes seeing the pitcher hit either. Forget this crap of the NL is a better brand because of strategy, as that will not draw in new fans.
In an era where defense and pitching are reigning supreme again, this could bolster scoring. I mean who wouldn’t want to see their stars hit more often in the game. Could mean an extra 50 – 60 AB a year for the best players in the game.
To have this happen, rosters should be expanded to 26, with a limit of 13 pitchers and 13 positional players out of the mix. This will create a uniformity across the game of MLB, where no one will have an advantage.
This will help in Interleague, where the AL has been speedbagging the NL for the last 11 years, with a winning percentage around .550 – and 11 straight seasons with a winning record.
As Sully said in a prior podcast, who cares if a guy can’t play defense!!! That would make the game more interesting from a strategic aspect.
2. Shorten the season from 162 game to 154, reinstating the Babe Ruth 60 HRs as the ALL – Time Record. You could still have the 162 game record be Bonds, but this would be a perfect way to eliminate the man from being the keeper of the record.
3. Have the League Division Series be 7 games. The way the playoffs are constituted presently, it actually still rewards the Wild Card teams. Best of 5’s are just not enough games to be played.
If you don’t agree with this, let me remind you all 9 underdogs won the damn series this recent 2014 playoffs. Yes, it may be an outlier, but obviously there is no advantages for the teams with better records in the regular season anymore.
4. Make all of the best of 7 formats 2 – 4 – 1, with games 3 – 6 being with the higher seed’s home park. We stated in an article this year that the stupid winner of the ‘Mid Summer Classic’ has actually hosted 1 less game (33 – 32) since the inception of the rule.
It is our belief that the higher seed should never have trail in home games played for the series past game 4. Since the MLB brass would never go for the 2 – 2 – 1 – 1 – 1 Series for travel, the 2 – 4 – 1 maneuver makes sense.
As all of us know, it is more likely for a series to go 6 games, than for it to go 7. Having a team the higher seed as the visitor in 3 of the 1st 5 games of the best of 7 is ludicrous!!
Unanimous Website thoughts.
Speed the game up. Use the pitch clock rule if you have to. The game times are adding to an already lengthy game. Taking out unnecessary movements could help the game go by quicker.
Some of you may be screaming by now. Rest assured, none of these will be applied when the 2016 CBA expires, and he new Agreement is signed to, other than the speed up the game enforcements.
We are just spit-balling these idea’s in hopes that we can at least pique someone’s interest for a healthy debate.
If you want to read some of our article/listen to the podcast we have done regarding these changes, I invite you to use our website search engine – to seek out the applicable idea.
– Having a salary cap, or stiffer penalties on the Luxury Tax abusers would be nice, to help balance too.
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