What is your opinion of the A.J. Pierzynski signing?
MJH on accountability
Commissioner for a day? I put some thought into this, so here goes., may take 2 posts 1. Give myself a huge bonus.2. Strictly enforce rules that penalize pitchers and hitters that slow the game down. (A) For pitchers, after 1 warning, each violation is an automatic granting of a ball to hitter. Arguing this penalty results in a bulk call and the awarding of another ball to the hitter. Arguing this results in expulsion from the game and the batter may either take the base, or continue his at bat against the new pitcher, manager’s choice. Catchers are allowed no more than 3 “talks” to pitcher in an inning. Each talk must take no more than 5 seconds. Violation of this is same as pitcher’s time delay.(B) For hitters, after 1 warning, each violation is the granting of a strike to the pitcher. Arguing this, results in another strike, arguing this results in expulsion from the game. 3. Intentional walks can be requested verbally by the catcher and granted, eliminating the need to throw balls.4. At the end of each year, Each players is granted a worst umpire vote. Any umpire receiving 25% of the vote is demoted to AAA or retired, their choice. 5. A balls/strike panel, using computer-generated aids, will be setup to examine Umpire’s ability to call balls and strikes correctly. The 3 worst homeplate umpires as rated each year will be given increased training. If they are rated in the “3 worst” list a 2nd time, they may choose a AAA job, or retirement on full pension.6. Joe West is fired, no pension, and banned from stepping foot in any MLB-related facility.7. Eliminate the DH, effective in 4 years so the AL will have time to be ready. 8. Give each manager a red flag (just like the NFL) to challenge an umpire call (not balls and strikes). They can throw the flag once. If overturned, they get the flag back for another potential challenge. This will eliminate a lot of extraneous arguing. 4. Shrink the league. Buyout and eliminate the A’s and Rays organizations. Their own fans’ fault.5. To placate Players’ union, expand remaining team’s 25 man rosters to 26, and eliminated team’s arbitration-level players become unrestricted free agents. All teams wishing to sign unrestricted A’s/Rays players must pay into fund that will honor the contracts of all A’s/Rays players that no team signs or drafts.6. The rest of the A’s/Rays players roster is drafted, each round being worst to first, not a snake draft.
7. Push the league a bit closer to parity, by raising luxury tax slightly (effective in 5 years), with stipulation that all small market teams receiving luxury tax money must meet a fixed & reasonable (TBD) revenue/player-salary ratio. If small market teams does not meet ratio, they don’t get of the $ that year. in addition Luxury Tax revenues shall be put into two funds. ¾ into the entire league fund, and ¼ into a divisional fund. (see below, new divisions)
(8) Coinciding with the end of the DH in 4 years, the NL and AL designations will no longer exist. League divisions will be 4, (Western/Central/Northern/Southern) The number of teams in the leagues will be be uneven so as to have better time-zone compatibility within the Division. Only the Western Division will have teams NOT in the same time zone.
Northern Division (7) teamsToronto Blue JaysBoston Red SoxNew York YankeesNew York MetsDetriot TigersCleveland Indians*Pittsburgh Pirates*(These two teams will be especially aided by the 1/4th divisional luxury tax so as to insure closer parity vs. much larger market teams within this division.)
Western Divisions (7 Teams)SeattleSan FranciscoLos Angeles DodgersLos Angeles Angels of Anaheim in Orange CountySan Diego PadresColorado RockiesArizona Diamondbacks
Central Division (8) teamsMinnesotaMilwaukee BrewersChicago CubsChicago White SoxSt. Louis CardinalsKansas City RoyalsTexas RangersHouston Astros
Northern Divison (7) TeamsTorontoNew York YankeesNew York MetsBoston Red SoxDetroit TigersCleveland IndiansPittsburgh Pirates
Southern Division (6) teamsPhiladelphia PhilliesCincinnati RedsBaltimore OriolesWashington NationalsAtlanta BravesFlorida Marlins
Playoffs (regular Season shortened to accomoate extended playoffs)16 Teams total make the playoffs
Round 1 - 4 1-game winner-take-all wild card series (all 4 games on same day- one hell of a day)Round 2 - Begins on day #2 of playoffs, Another 4 1-game series between Rouond 1 winner and 2nd place division winnerRound 3 - best of 3, Round 2 winners vs. Division winners, game locations are 2-1, rubber game at round 2 winners parkRound 4 - Best of 5, game locations are 2-2-1World Series - Best of 7, 2-3-2
that's all, not much
More than half of the teams in the MLB making the playoffs? Seriously? I'm sorry, but the playoffs are a privilege not a right.
I agree Nick. And PA will never allow some of what you suggest, Tex. But there has been talk of removing the DH designation, prorated of course, as you suggest, within the CBA in November / December of this year. Should this occur, it is believed that eventually it may be one united league, rather than AL & NL. Not sure how I'd like that, but :"just sayin". Houston will likely be in the AL West next year, which would balance things out for now, NL & AL team count wise. And if you went with four divisions, why not just balance them quantity wise and get rid of the WC spot all together? We'll see what happens in the CBA this year. It will be interesting.
Southern Division....Philadelphia Phillies...Cincinnati Reds...Baltimore Orioles...Washington Nationals...
You could have at least named it something remotely geographically true. Also, you have 2 Northern divisions.
everything in #2 sounds like a list of terrible ideas. But I watch very few games. It still seems like there is a better way to achieve your goal.
I'm also against the idea of collapsing the AL and the NL and expanding the playoffs. If we keep the wildcard around I'd be for a one game playoff between the top two WC eligible teams.
Holy hell there are lots of terrible ideas here. The one that is really weird is contracting the Athletics who are amongst the oldest teams in baseball. The commissioners office is going to bat for them against the Giants after this ownership change, and get them into the affluent part of their region, they'll be fine. The Rays however, I tend to agree that Tampa doesn't deserve them because if they can not get support now then they neverwill. Maybe Nashville, Portland, Indianapolis or Vegas will end up with them.
I've always wondered why Vegas doesn't have a professional team.
From what I've heard in the past Bud doesn't want a team in Vegas because of the image the city has as a gambling town.
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