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Perhaps It Is Time For The MLB To Adopt The ‘Boomerang Concept’ For Drafting Rounds In The Amateur Draft

The MLB should consider doing what all 'even level playing field' sports pools do and that is to use the boomerang method of each draft round. A team that drafts 1st in round one would draft last in round 2, before picking 1st in round 3 again and so forth. It wouldn't alleviate tanking altogether - with the best talent still being absorbed in the top 10 most times, but it would level out the middle rounds for sure.

The MLB should consider doing what all ‘even level playing field’ sports pools do and that is to use the boomerang method of each draft round. A team that drafts 1st in round one would draft last in round 2, before picking 1st in round 3 again and so forth. It wouldn’t alleviate tanking altogether – with the best talent still being absorbed in the top 10 most times, but it would level out the middle rounds for sure.

Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer/Part Owner) 

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We have all gone into pools/player drafts where we drew the worst card possible and then picked last.  To offset the sting of this a lot – in the ‘interest of fairness’, the draft worked like a boomerang.

If there are 30 guys picking, the 30th guy picks the last selection in the 1st round, but then he is able to pick 1st in the 2nd round.  Maybe it is time for the MLB to take this action for its Amateur Draft each year?

There has been so much talk about tanking by the teams like Phillies, Braves, Reds, Brewers, Padres and Rockies all following the path paved by the Cubs, Astros, Royals, Pirates, Nationals, Rays and Twins in yesteryear.

KC and Pittsburgh both had 2 decades of shame before they turned their franchises around to respectability.  The Rays (once named the Devil Rays) failed to top 72 wins for the first 9 seasons since their inception to the MLB in 1998. before showcasing 80 wins for every year since 2008.

Billy Beane is the only real small to mid market club that has been competitive since 2000 - that has not embraced the tanking philosophy - or suffered a huge amount of losing to expedite a rebuild. I think using the boomerang draft would cause more GM's and owners at least more of a chance to shoot for a competitive teams on a year out basis.

Billy Beane is the only real small to mid market club that has been competitive since 2000 – that has not embraced the tanking philosophy – or suffered a huge amount of losing to expedite a rebuild. I think using the boomerang draft would cause more GM’s and owners at least more of a chance to shoot for a competitive teams on a year out basis.

The Nationals were god awful after moving from Montreal, however landing Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper in back to back Drafts.

The Astros and Cubs were the last 2 clubs to implement the ‘tanking system’.

Minnesota Twins were a crappy team from 1993 – 1999 after having nailed down 2 World Series in 1987 and 1991.  From the lean years of the 90’s, they built up a nice plethora of young talent in their Minor League System – fashioning 6 AL Central wins from 2000 – 2010.

The Twinkies then lost at least 90 games for the next four years, fired  Ron Gardenhire, and have 2 of the best young players in the planet like Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton to shape their next run at greatness.

I have said on many occasions that the lone wolf in building a legacy has been Billy Beane.  His 8 playoff appearances and 6 AL West titles despite never tanking it up in several on the fly ‘rebuilds’ and shoestring budget is incredible.

Up until 2015 they had never lost 90 games in his tenure.

Honestly, using the boomerang method of drafting for every 2 rounds would certainly curtail all teams from prolonged tanking to an extent.

Sure you would still be able to help those poor teams that really need the help with the top half selections of the 1st RD, but you there is also slim pickings available after picks 60 – 75.

Teams could still trade picks, acquire other 1st RD picks through Qualifying Offers and such, but this levels out the playing field just a little bit in my view.

The MLB can’t go to a lottery system, as that wouldn’t serve the clubs like Oakland – who are trying to stay competitive by keeping payroll down just to stay alive in the league.

The MLB CBA ends after this season. In order to keep all 30 MLB clubs competitive, they should implement an International Draft, have more oversight to competitive balance spending - where clubs have to spend a floor salary to receive revenue sharing

The MLB CBA ends after this season. In order to keep all 30 MLB clubs competitive, they should implement an International Draft, have more oversight to competitive balance spending – where clubs have to spend a floor salary to receive revenue sharing.  Right now there is no incentive not use the tanking philosophy.

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