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BoCcc2832
12-01-2006, 02:25 PM
I was watching Mike & Mike in the Morning on ESPN 2 this morning and an interesting question was brought up. What would we suggest to the future commish to better the game of baseball? My suggestion was to even out the American League and National League in terms of how many teams each league has (NL>AL)...What do you think?

cincy09
12-01-2006, 02:31 PM
My first order of business would be getting rid of the DH, although the DH would really help our defense :thumbup:

vic715
12-01-2006, 02:32 PM
I was watching Mike & Mike in the Morning on ESPN 2 this morning and an interesting question was brought up. What would we suggest to the future commish to better the game of baseball? My suggestion was to even out the American League and National League in terms of how many teams each league has (NL>AL)...What do you think?

You would probably need expansion to do this or have interleague play going all season.I don't forsee MLB expanding anytime soon. However San Antonio and Las Vegas are ready to talk.

George Anderson
12-01-2006, 02:43 PM
My first order of business would be getting rid of the DH, although the DH would really help our defense :thumbup:

I would love to see the DH dumped but the players union will never allow it!!

macro
12-01-2006, 03:15 PM
Go with six divisions of five teams, even if it means somebody somewhere is playing an interleague game every day. It would bring some much-needed uniformity to the standings and the schedules.

154-game season

7-game division series

raise the mound back to where it was in the 60s

eliminate the DH

start World Series games earlier

enforce rules with regard to uniforms, so that all players are dressed, well, uniformly (no more pajama pants dragging the ground, in other words)

Red Leader
12-01-2006, 04:30 PM
Make each team play one manadatory home DH a month and one way DH a month, thus shortening the season and allowing the playoffs to start earlier in the calendar year. All DH games should start at noon.

Make the All Star game an exhibition game again. Whoever wins, wins. It determines nothing.

Determine the home team of each playoff series by best W-L record in the regular season (if the wild card team had a better record than the division winner they are playing, the wild card team has home field...unlikely, but just wanted to point that out). The home team for the World Series is determined by best W-L record during the first 2 rounds of the playoffs. If both teams meeting in the World Series had the same record in the playoffs, then the home team is awarded to best W-L record in the regular season, the 3rd tie breaker would be best W-L record within their own division.

Degenerate39
12-01-2006, 05:54 PM
Let Pete Rose be eligible for the Hall Of Fame

BoCcc2832
12-01-2006, 06:12 PM
Let Pete Rose be elidgable for the Hall Of Fame

Amen brother

cReds1
12-01-2006, 07:02 PM
Let Pete Rose be eligible for the Hall Of Fame

Totally agree about Pete! I think the DH should be put in both leagues. Hitting and scoring will make the game better and more exciting. Watching a Pitcher get out what, 90 percent of the time is a waste of time and boring.

I say make the leagues have only one division. National and American. The teams will only play the teams in their division until the playoffs. Cross over from 1 to 4 and then see who goes to the World Series!

Oh, and never allow Pud Selig back in another ball park! EVER!

Will M
12-01-2006, 07:20 PM
Go with six divisions of five teams, even if it means somebody somewhere is playing an interleague game every day. It would bring some much-needed uniformity to the standings and the schedules.

154-game season

7-game division series

raise the mound back to where it was in the 60s

eliminate the DH

start World Series games earlier

enforce rules with regard to uniforms, so that all players are dressed, well, uniformly (no more pajama pants dragging the ground, in other words)



Agree.

I would also make Baseball a worldwide sport. One team in Toyko & another in Mexico City.

Eliminate the draft.

harangatang
12-01-2006, 07:48 PM
I think the DH should be put in both leagues. Hitting and scoring will make the game better and more exciting. Watching a Pitcher get out what, 90 percent of the time is a waste of time and boring.Man, Glendon Rusch would love you. :D

Yachtzee
12-01-2006, 07:49 PM
I think the DH should be put in both leagues.

BLASPHEMY! Repent now you heretic! :)

Yachtzee
12-01-2006, 08:13 PM
I would completely rearrange the leagues and divisions into "New School" and "Old School." The old school league would consist of the original 16 teams of the National and American leagues before expansion, two 8 team divisions, American and National. The new school league would include all of the expansion teams that came into existence after 1960, they can figure out their own divisions. I would then ban the DH, body armor, and those stupid lizard helmets that some teams wore last season. I would create a facilities fund into which all teams would pay. The money would be used to provide low interest loans to team seeking to build new stadiums so that they don't have to hold cities for ransom for ballparks. I would make owners like Jeffrey Loria sell his team before it could move. If he does sell, I'd never let him back in. I would require all TV contracts to be negotiated through MLB offices to ensure that all teams have TV contracts at fair market value, so that teams that own their own cable tv channels couldn't hide revenue through their TV deals.

redsfan4445
12-01-2006, 08:35 PM
More ideas....
Have the DH Mandatory for every All-star game.. ridiculous to see a American league pitcher come to bat in a all-star game(as well as a NL pitcher)

Shorten Spring training from 30 games to 20 games. This will help get the season started a week earlier and hopefully keep the playoffs and World Series in October. Double Headers should be brought back. Each team plays two double headers each at home and on the road.
This gives baseball a chance to give the players a week off (2 extra days prior to the all star-game and 2 days after the 3 days that are normally off). This allows players not having to fly across country to get to the all-star game the night before when that players team is on the opposite coast! This also allows pitchers to get extra rest to either participate in the game, or be rested for the 2nd half of the season to start.

Have all post season games played earlier and NEVER start 2 play-off games at the same time!!

To help all teams get bigger revenue, have MLB channels setup that every home can access with NO BLACKOUTS!! Have it so you have different types of packages at different prices to pay monthly, or a discount to pay all season to include the playoffs. Then all the revenue can be split equally. this will mainly help where places that are not close to a MLB team, can gain new fans and they can pay for the package that best suits them.. Maybe have a package that you pick 5 teams for $19 a month to follow every game they play.(say you pick the Reds, Mariners, Red Sox, Cubs, Cardinals. You pay $19 a month to watch every game they play. You get every game they play on the ML channels and you still get to watch the other teams when they play one of the 5 you picked.) Just a idea that might work. could have a special month where you ad $1 and with the millions of homes doing so, have a contest to win a trip to Cooperstown or to a game of one of the teams you picked.

just ideas..

RedsManRick
12-01-2006, 08:39 PM
- Two divisions in each league
- CS and WS are both 9 games long: 3 home, 3 away, 3 home. Only breaks are travel days.

That's a start. The regular season sorts out who the best few teams are. Then they have to prove it in a decent chunk of games in the playoffs. I hate that the team structure built to win in the regular season is different than for the playoffs. You need a 4th and 5th starter for your first 162 games, why should you get half your post-season starts from 2 guys?

BoydsOfSummer
12-01-2006, 09:45 PM
Bob Costas in '09!

cincinnati chili
12-01-2006, 10:41 PM
I could never be commissioner, because the owners would fire me after my first day on the job. So many of the things that would make the game better require the owners to take a short-term hit for long term gain.

But here are a couple off the top of my head:

- Have official scorers travel with the umpires, and shield them from pressure from players and teams. Standardize what IS and IS NOT an error.

- Teams that have quietly created phony businesses to scalp their own tickets (Red Sox, Cubs) have to put that money into highly taxed revenue sharing, with stiff fines for those who cheat

- Automate balls/strikes

- Allow and encourage electronic equipment in the dugout

- Allow and encourage major league managers to NOT be in uniforms. 60 year old guys in stirrups look really goofy. I'd rather see Grady Little in overalls, personally.

- Solicit ideas from outside-the-box thinkers for better ways to telecast the game (the centerfield camera behind the pitcher gets a little stale... more advanced real time statistical stuff would be nice). Other than a few graphics, not much has changed.

- Continue and increase efforts to court the Spanish-speaking community.

- Batters may wear as much body armor as they want, but they shall be denied first base on a hit-by-pitch, unless the umpire is absolutely certain he was not hit in the armor.

- Get rid of interleague play

- Get rid of the divisions (2 leagues, balanced schedule, best four teams make the playoffs in each league... no more 83-win teams in the postseason)

- pay for wood bats at NCAA Division I level, if the NCAA agrees to make wood mandatory

- require the players to be weighed at spring training by a neutral source (maybe the drug testing people). I'm tired of hearing that David Wells is 220 lb. every February