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Maury Brown wrote a piece on Fangraphs about what he would do if he were the god of baseball. Whatever you may think of Maury, it's an interesting piece, and one that I think all of us has considered at some point in time. So.................
Read what he would change and comment on that, or just list the things that you would change. Or don't
I would love for both leagues to be playing by the same rules. While I would prefer a DH for everyone, it wouldn't kill me to see pitchers swing the bat more. Regardless of which way it goes, this would actually make realignment possible. Having unbalanced divisions really screws with me. So let's go to six divisions with five teams each. Here's how I would break down the schedule:
-Inter-league opponents: play everyone once (three game series) and rotate home/away every other year. To solve the home/away imbalance, each team gets one inter-league "rival" and plays them again. This would give us 48 games.
-Same league out of division: play a three game series home/away against each team. We'd get 60 games here.
-Against your own division: 2 home and 2 away series (three games each) against every in-division opponent (48 games)
We'd get a total of 156 games. The games would be weighted to your division and league, but it wouldn't be overly dramatic like it is now.
I like that idea Dave but you know the owners would never go for a change that cost them revenue opportunities (ie games).
We really need some form of realignment though. I watch 98% of the games we play in central and eastern time zones, but with a job and 2 kids I hardly ever see the end to all of our games on the West coast and we have a bunch of em. This to me would be the #1 priority. #2 would be to raise the mound an extra 12 inches. Just kidding.
I prefer the DH only because watching most pitchers hit is a waste of time, but I wouldn't complain too much if it went away.
How do you balance the divisions without having rotating interleague play throughout the season. He doesn't explain his plan for that at all. Unless you want two teams to be off every night, but still I don't see how that would work over the course of a season.
Getting rid of the DH would be stupid. Plain and simple.
Finally killing the blackout rules would be the best idea ever. For MLB and the NFL. SICK AND FUCKING TIRED of getting blacked out of Rangers/Cowboys because of the Houston teams.
@DMax: I'm not sure exactly how it would work, but my plan would make every single series a three-game series, and yes, I would spread interleague games throughout the entire season. If you think about it, the NBA, NFL, and NHL don't care about playing interconference games to start the season or for the last game of the season. The Mavs can open up the season at the Cavs, The Falcons can start theire season at the Steelers; what's the problem with the Rangers opening their season against the Astros? If interleague happens throughout the entire season, I think the schedule would work out just fine.
1. Either add the DH to the NL or abolish it in the AL.2. Video replay by coaches challenge on questionable home runs, foul balls, and close plays at the bases. LImit it to 3 per team. Give the replay reviewer 90 seconds.3. Banish Josh Lewin from baseball.4. Put Pete Rose and Shoeless Joe Jackson in the Hall of Fame.5. Salary Cap. Minimum and Maximum. 6. World Series must be completed before October 31.7. All Star Game, North America vs. World (MLB players only)8. West Coast games start by 8 p.m. central time.9. Enforce rules on the books to speed the game up. Pitchers should be charged a ball for taking too long. Hitters charged a strike for taking too long. 10. Can't sell beer for more than $4 or hot dogs for more than $2.11. Ban artificial turf.12. Limit the amount of armor the batters can wear.
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