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HotelWhiteSox
05-06-2006, 12:39 PM
name some things you would do.

I would:

- Get rid of interleague
- Get rid of divisions. Everyone plays each other in 4 series (3 games each series, 2 series home/2 series away). Top 4 in each league make the playoffs

If the division thing wouldn't fly (most likely wouldn't), I'd move the Rockies to the AL West, Pirates to the NL East, and the Marlins would go to some city where they'd be considered in the NL West. I would still prefer the schedule everyone playing each other the same number of times compared to the current 19 games against each division opponent. Then I'd look into contraction

Ol' No. 2
05-06-2006, 12:46 PM
I'd spell commissioner correctly.:tongue:

viagracat
05-06-2006, 01:03 PM
I think I'd work on the steroid problem first. Baseball is in bad shape when few people will be celebrating a major milestone that is imminent.:?:

SouthSide_HitMen
05-06-2006, 01:20 PM
1. Eliminate the Florida Marlins and a second team (probably Kansas City though a couple of other teams would also be considered). Increase ML Rosters to 27 players.

2. Create four 7 team divisions:

AL East Baltimore, Boston, Cleveland, Detroit, NY Yankees, Tampa Bay, Toronto

AL West Anaheim, Chicago, Milwaukee, Minnesota, Oakland, Seattle, Texas

NL East Atlanta, Chicago, Cincinnati, New York Mets, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington

NL West Arizona, Colorado, Houston, Los Angeles, Saint Louis, San Diego, San Francisco

3. Create division based schedules. Each team plays every team outside their division home and away (6 games * 7 opponents = 42 games) and inside their division 20 games (20 games * 6 opponents = 120 games). This is a fair and balanced schedule for each of the teams fighting for the division title. Interleague play will be limited to exhibition games, the All Star Game and the World Series.

4. The All Star Game will NOT "count". The team with the best regular season record will have the extra home game in the World Series.

5. The playoffs will consist of the Division Winners facing off in a best of seven. Baseball will restore the division race so fans can enjoy a pennant race once again unmolested by the wild card. Bucky Dent and other great moments will return to division races. No longer will teams winning nothing during the season be allowed to enter the playoffs nor will an unbalanced interleague schedule create unfair advantages / disadvantages.

6. Tie breakers (home field for Divisional Playoffs or World Series games) will be win - loss record followed by head to head (for divisional playoffs) followed by run differential.

7. Bud Selig will be banned from baseball for life.

8. Legitimate, independent drug testing will be administered and all steroids and other illegal substances will be tested with full disclosure to the public.

gbergman
05-06-2006, 01:46 PM
I would go back to the two division format
AL East
Yankees Red Sox Blue Jays Orioles Devil Rays Tigers Indians
AL West
White Sox Royals Twins Angels Rangers A's Mariners Brewers
---Brewers come back to AL

NL East Braves Mets Marlins Nationals Phillies Pirates Reds Astros
NL West Padres Giants Dodgers Diamondbacks Rockies Cardinals Cubs

2 division winners and 2 teams with best overall record after division winners make playoffs so 4 team Al an NL

mandatory steroid tests for anyone showing abnormal muscular growth, home run surge, and home run leaders. 2 tests per season on every player at a random point in time at least 2 months apart. 1 in offseason

Cub fans must show knowledge of baseball before entering stadium otherwise tickets will be taken away and are non refundable:D:
playoffs are all 7 game series.

SOXSINCE'70
05-06-2006, 02:04 PM
1.I'd be much more serious about drug testing.Did it ever occur
to "Pud" Selig that Bonds and "the giambino":puking:could
use designer drugs that could be masked??What about HGH's??

2.Interleague play is out.The testosterone level of a sCrUBS/Sox
weekend elevates my blood pressure by God knows how many points.

3. I'd keep the divisions as they are only because I can't
see the Sox playing in the A.L. West while the you- know-whos
draw the N.L.East.

4.I'd sentence any Yankmees fan who bitches about the fact that
they haven't won a WS since 2000 to life imprisonment.The team has
won 26 WS in 39 tries.You people have nothing to bitch about,so shut
the hell up!! WAAAAAA!!:whiner: :whiner: The Yankmees haven't won a Series
in 6 friggin' years,WAAAA!!!!!!:whiner:

santo=dorf
05-06-2006, 02:37 PM
DH the NL

The only interleague series to get 6 games apiece each season would be:
Sox/Cubs
Yanks/Mets
A's/Giants
Dodgers/Angels

The following teams would get one 3 game series with home field alternating each season.
Cards/Royals
Astros/Rangers
O's/Nats
Indians/Reds
Twins/Brewers
D'Rays/Marlins (have to try and create some interest as long as they are there)

TheKittle
05-06-2006, 02:41 PM
I would always make sure there are a full schedule of games on Sept. 11th.

ewokpelts
05-06-2006, 03:13 PM
Make God Bless America OPTIONAL. The only team that televises it being played is the yankees. All the other teams use the tv time for commercials.

Keep the wild card. It's finally working the way it's supposed to.

Interleague? I'd modify it.
Sox should play every nl team one three game series a year, but alternate the home team.

No blowsawks/yankmees 19 time a year. Same for Sox/royals. Division rivals should play no more than 10 time a year against each other. make the rivalry interesting again.....

Ban Bonds

Chicken Dinner
05-06-2006, 04:31 PM
Get rid of FOX Saturdays and lift all blackout restrictions.

ChiSoxRowand
05-06-2006, 04:36 PM
better drug testing
no WS home field for all-star game winner, alternate between the AL and NL

GregoryEtc
05-06-2006, 05:04 PM
1. Expand rosters by one.
2. No interleague at all.
3. All Star game doesn't count.
4. Homefield adv goes to best regular season record.
5. Joe Jackson would be reinstated. He was banned from baseball for life. He's dead so he's served his sentence.
6. World Series/All Star games would begin by 7:00 PM Eastern Time
7. Gates will open to all games early enough for home team BP.
8. Every playoff series will end with both teams shaking hands like in the NHL.

gf2020
05-06-2006, 07:30 PM
6. World Series/All Star games would begin by 7:00 PM Eastern Time

Yuck. I know it would be great for kids to be able to watch a full game, but some of us have commutes.

1951Campbell
05-06-2006, 08:07 PM
6. World Series/All Star games would begin by 7:00 PM Eastern Time


Uh-oh, don't tell FWC. :wink:

1951Campbell
05-06-2006, 08:09 PM
Lots of good ideas here, but I didn't see this one, and it's hard to put into a hard-and-fast rule, but...pitchers need to be able to hit batters more without fear of warnings and suspensions.

GregoryEtc
05-06-2006, 09:31 PM
Lots of good ideas here, but I didn't see this one, and it's hard to put into a hard-and-fast rule, but...pitchers need to be able to hit batters more without fear of warnings and suspensions.
You mean to allow pitchers to get strikes on the inside half of the plate and just enforce the actual strikezone? what a radical idea!!!

Here's some more ideas...

1. Go to four divisions in each league. No wild card. Winners from each division advance to playoffs. I still can't understand why we award 2nd place teams.

2. Raise the mound 1 inch.

3. Restrict teams to 3 uniforms (1 away, 1 home, 1 alternate)

4. Do not allow two teams to wear colored uniforms in the same game.

SOXSINCE'70
05-06-2006, 10:41 PM
6. World Series/All Star games would begin by 7:00 PM Eastern Time
8. Every playoff series will end with both teams shaking hands like in the NHL.

I like idea #6,but only for Sat./Sun. games.
I like idea #8 because it shows all the kids watching at home
how to be both a gracious winner and a good loser (if there is
such a thing,because nobody likes to lose).

Ol' No. 2
05-06-2006, 10:46 PM
4. Homefield adv goes to best regular season record.Thus virtually ensuring that the team from the weaker league gets home field advantage.

GregoryEtc
05-06-2006, 11:41 PM
Thus virtually ensuring that the team from the weaker league gets home field advantage.
By this rationalle, we shouldn't use record to determine home field advantage for any post season series. After all, the Sox only had 99 wins last year because they got to play the Royals 20 times. Basing home field advantage on the All Star game? We might as well just pull straws to determine home field, for crying out loud.

ChiSoxRowand
05-07-2006, 12:27 AM
Also, I would ban teams from wearing these awful batting practice uniforrms


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TheKittle
05-07-2006, 12:46 AM
3. All Star game doesn't count.


I assume you mean it doesn't count on who has home field in the WS. I really hate that stupid rule and those promos "This time it counts." *** is that??? It makes it seems as though all the other AS games were meaningless. Like Fred Lynn's grand slam in 83 at Comiskey Park didn't count??? I'm sure Ray Foose wishes it didn't count.

DumpJerry
05-07-2006, 12:46 AM
1. Season tickets for my friends and me to the White Sox.
2. Improve steriod/enhancement screening.
3. Allow ESPN access to game films if they promise to lead off Sportscenter and BBTN with the White Sox if the Sox win that day.
4. Enforce the rule against throwing objects on the field of play against goons who throw alleged home run balls back.
5. Daytime weekend World Series games.
6. Homefield advantage in the World Series to best regular season record.
7. Allow Shoeless Joe Jackson and Buck Weaver in the HOF.

GregoryEtc
05-07-2006, 12:58 AM
7. Allow Shoeless Joe Jackson and Buck Weaver in the HOF.

While I obviously agree that Joe Jackson should be in the HOF, Buck Weaver's stats just are not HOF worthy. He was a lifetime .272 hitter.

MrRoboto83
05-07-2006, 02:27 AM
I assume you mean it doesn't count on who has home field in the WS. I really hate that stupid rule and those promos "This time it counts." *** is that??? It makes it seems as though all the other AS games were meaningless. Like Fred Lynn's grand slam in 83 at Comiskey Park didn't count??? I'm sure Ray Foose wishes it didn't count.

They only started "this time it counts" to cover their asses after that horrible tie game in Milwaukee in 2002.

MUsoxfan
05-07-2006, 02:41 AM
Uh-oh, don't tell FWC. :wink:

I think he's in Ontario now, so he'd probably be with that idea:D:

gbergman
05-07-2006, 04:55 AM
I would go back to the two division format
AL East
Yankees Red Sox Blue Jays Orioles Devil Rays Tigers Indians
AL West
White Sox Royals Twins Angels Rangers A's Mariners Brewers
---Brewers come back to AL

NL East Braves Mets Marlins Nationals Phillies Pirates Reds Astros
NL West Padres Giants Dodgers Diamondbacks Rockies Cardinals Cubs

2 division winners and 2 teams with best overall record after division winners make playoffs so 4 team Al an NL

mandatory steroid tests for anyone showing abnormal muscular growth, home run surge, and home run leaders. 2 tests per season on every player at a random point in time at least 2 months apart. 1 in offseason

Cub fans must show knowledge of baseball before entering stadium otherwise tickets will be taken away and are non refundable:D:
playoffs are all 7 game series.
to add to myself

get rid of DH
12 or 13 games vrs. each team in division of 8. divisions of 7 13 or 14 games. 7 games versus teams outside division
interleague stays. play the 2 teams in the opposite league that finished the same. 8th place teams play each other 2 times trading fields each series. interleague rivalries stay such as yankees v. mets

shoeless joe goes into hall of fame, along with pete rose. Pete rose is inducted post humously and his family or friends do not recieve any proceeds that may come from election.

God Bless America is mandatory at 7th inning strech, but is only telivised during playoffs or games at Yankee stadium.

beer sales end at end of 6th

No more expansion teams, teams can choose to relocate once lease is up and the mlb players union and mlb front offices agree. Teams may only move if the city is refusing to build a new ballpark on stadiums older than 30 years or are shared with professional football teams. Failure to meet leagues average attendance 5 years in a row is also grounds for move unless owner firesales team at which point permission to move will be dismissed. Owner cheapness will not be tolerated as a reason to force a move.

daytime world series games on sat and sun.
all playoff games are telivised on national tv starting at 5 eastern for divisional round
League championship games begin at 5 pm in their time zone

The Racehorse
05-07-2006, 06:25 AM
1. Re-instate Buck Weaver & Shoeless Joe.
2. Re-instate Pete Rose upon him publicly admitting FULLY his wrongs or at the time of his death, whichever comes first.
3. Strip Giambi of the 2000 AL MVP.
4. Award 2000 AL MVP to Frank.
5. Ban the Designated Hitter.
6. No more interleague play.
7. Raise the mound to whatever it was before it was lowered.
8. Ban the stupidly loud canned music & moronic promotions that go on in between innings.
9. Last call for alcohol at the end of the bottom of the 7th.
10. Scale back the schedule to 154 games and make it a balanced schedule.

TornLabrum
05-07-2006, 07:27 AM
to add to myself

get rid of DH
Yeah, who needs guys like Thome....

My favorite is the writer who wants to strip the MVP from Giambi, give it to Thomas, and get rid of the DH. Talk about talking out of both sides of your mouth!

If you don't like the DH, become a Cubs fan, or at least the fan of some other NL team. The DH is used at every level of baseball. This year is the 35th (iirc) that it has been used in the AL. At least if you're going to get rid of the DH, put in a new position: short centerfielder.

bigfoot
05-07-2006, 07:54 AM
Yeah, who needs guys like Thome....

My favorite is the writer who wants to strip the MVP from Giambi, give it to Thomas, and get rid of the DH. Talk about talking out of both sides of your mouth!

If you don't like the DH, become a Cubs fan, or at least the fan of some other NL team. The DH is used at every level of baseball. This year is the 35th (iirc) that it has been used in the AL. At least if you're going to get rid of the DH, put in a new position: short centerfielder.

Harry Chappas is making a comeback?!!!:rolleyes:

The Racehorse
05-07-2006, 11:02 AM
Yeah, who needs guys like Thome....

My favorite is the writer who wants to strip the MVP from Giambi, give it to Thomas, and get rid of the DH. Talk about talking out of both sides of your mouth!

Why is that talking out of both sides of the mouth? Too me, theyíre two separate issues;
1) Giambiís numbers where chemically enhanced with illegal drugs, Frankís numbers werenít.
2) The DH in one league but not the other makes no sense.

Iím a glass is half full type of guy. If the DH didnít exist, Frank would have had no choice but to improve his glove work/fielding at 1B, and he would have because heís one of the most talented players in Sox history. But because the DH was around, the team & Frank could go that route instead.

If you don't like the DH, become a Cubs fan, or at least the fan of some other NL team. The DH is used at every level of baseball. This year is the 35th (iirc) that it has been used in the AL. At least if you're going to get rid of the DH, put in a new position: short centerfielder.

Becoming a fan of the NL because of disliking the DH is in itself Cub-like. Iím no Cubs fan and since the DH exists, then by all means load that spot in the lineup with Jim Thome, who Iím thrilled to see in a Sox uniform.

Ol' No. 2
05-07-2006, 11:22 AM
By this rationalle, we shouldn't use record to determine home field advantage for any post season series. After all, the Sox only had 99 wins last year because they got to play the Royals 20 times. Basing home field advantage on the All Star game? We might as well just pull straws to determine home field, for crying out loud.St. Louis had more wins than the Sox last year. Were they a better team, or was it only because the NL was weaker overall? The disparity between leagues is even bigger this year. Right now the Sox have the same record as the Mets and only one more win than the Reds.

Use of overall record to determine home field advantage would only make sense if there were enough interleague games to be meaningful. NL Central teams play only 12 interleague games. In contrast, the Sox played 37 games against the AL West and 33 against the AL East last year. Within their league, teams play at least six games against every other opponent, but play most of the other league's teams not at all. Using record to determine seedings makes sense within the league, but not for interleague games.

The best proposal I've heard is to base home field advantage for WS games on overall interleague record (i.e. for the whole league, not individual teams). Given the larger number of games, this should reasonably be expected to indicate which is the stronger league, and that league's champion should have home field advantage.

Murphy10
05-07-2006, 12:00 PM
First- Better testing for steroids
Second- Put a DH in the NL
Third- The allstar game doesnt't count, whoever has the best record between the two teams will get the advantage.

SouthSide_HitMen
05-07-2006, 12:28 PM
shoeless joe goes into hall of fame, along with pete rose. Pete rose is inducted post humously and his family or friends do not recieve any proceeds that may come from election.

2. Re-instate Pete Rose upon him publicly admitting FULLY his wrongs or at the time of his death, whichever comes first.

Pete Rose should be in the HOF. That said, Pete Rose should remained banned from holding a manager's job or any other position in MLB.

Pete Rose was eligible until MLB forced the Hall to change their rules.


And whoever wanted to get of the DH I'd do the opposite. I said to expand the rosters to 27 players (it keeps the union happy since I eliminated 2 teams). The DH would be instituted in both leagues, thus making the union happy again while dragging the NL into the 20th century (we are in the 21st). Every other league (AL, minors, college) has the DH. It is time for the NL try at least make an attempt to improve. Watching most pitchers hit is like watching a kicker run with the football or watching Jagr try to check like a man - it is ugly.

I want Mags back
05-07-2006, 03:09 PM
These will never happen, but its an idea

1. DH in NL. Everyone knows, many are afraid to admit though, that the AL is better because of the DH. Hitting is better, and pitching is better, w/ more complete games. Its also an injury risk when pitchers bat.

2. (most of you will think this is stupid but whatever)
An 8 team hockey style playoff system. Shorten the season to around 150 games. Then let 8 teams in each legue into the playoffs. Division winners rank 1-2-3. quarter and semis should be best of 5. LCS and WS best of seven. It be cool because wed get an the upsets and unlikely teams winning (like Detroit getting knocked by Edmonton in the first round, YES!!!) that we get in the NHL playoffs.

i liked alot of other peopples ideas but wont repeat them

ondafarm
05-07-2006, 03:17 PM
Where I the commisioner, I would immediately ban for life: Barry Bonds, Jason Giambi and Gary Sheffield. Sammy Sosa, Rafeal Palmeiro and McGwire would be frozen out of the Hall of Fame. All these would be for 'the good of the game'.

nug0hs
05-07-2006, 04:06 PM
no one has said anything about this:

Keep ticket prices down. The most expensive ticket for a regular season game should be in the lower $40 range with easily accessible $10-20 tickets for UD, etc. Also, a maximum amount of buyable tickets should be established for postseason games, as the average fan (non-ticket broker, non-season ticket holder) has almost zero chance of getting a hold of CS or WS tickets.

HomeFish
05-07-2006, 04:15 PM
My first priority would be to unapologetically smash the power of the player union. If the MLB players decide to go on strike (as they almost certainly would under Comish HomeFish), I would employ scabs.

That would allow me to do things like institute extremely strict steroid testing and lobby for the legalization of owner collusion against professional athletes making more than a certain amount. The era of hypersalaries and Scott Boras would come to an end.

I don't really think we should mess any further with the divsions or the playoff structure. I think that kind of thing should only change very infrequently, and the latest changes are still too recent imo. I would seriously consider rebalancing the schedule, however.

SouthSide_HitMen
05-07-2006, 04:18 PM
My first priority would be to unapologetically smash the power of the player union. If the MLB players decide to go on strike (as they almost certainly would under Comish HomeFish), I would employ scabs.

Yes, baseball owners have not made enough money over the past 20 seasons and players were the only one who dragged their feet on the steroid issue. :rolleyes:

Daver
05-07-2006, 04:36 PM
My first priority would be to unapologetically smash the power of the player union. If the MLB players decide to go on strike (as they almost certainly would under Comish HomeFish), I would employ scabs.

That would allow me to do things like institute extremely strict steroid testing and lobby for the legalization of owner collusion against professional athletes making more than a certain amount. The era of hypersalaries and Scott Boras would come to an end.

I don't really think we should mess any further with the divsions or the playoff structure. I think that kind of thing should only change very infrequently, and the latest changes are still too recent imo. I would seriously consider rebalancing the schedule, however.

Let us know how it works out when you have 10 people in the stands for any given game.

ondafarm
05-07-2006, 05:00 PM
My first priority would be to unapologetically smash the power of the player union. If the MLB players decide to go on strike (as they almost certainly would under Comish HomeFish), I would employ scabs.

That would allow me to do things like institute extremely strict steroid testing and lobby for the legalization of owner collusion against professional athletes making more than a certain amount. The era of hypersalaries and Scott Boras would come to an end.

I don't really think we should mess any further with the divsions or the playoff structure. I think that kind of thing should only change very infrequently, and the latest changes are still too recent imo. I would seriously consider rebalancing the schedule, however.

Well, I think the player's union has had some trouble, the baseball players' union is not the worst. I believe the NHL Union has that distinction.

For the most part, the partnership between the players union and owners has worked well. The players do take seriously the steroids issue and I think they have responded in that way.

I think cheap-skate owners are the enemies of both good owners and the players and I think that targeting them in the CBA, and adjusting things like options, base minimum salary and such would be a better target of the comissioner's efforts than breaking the players' union.

soxfanreggie
05-07-2006, 05:13 PM
Joe Jackson and Pete Rose are unbanned from baseball and immediately put in the hall of fame. I agree that Selig should be banned for life instead. If he still wants to work for baseball, he can shine Pete Rose's plaque every day and clean the toilets at the Hall of Fame.

In addition, teams that receive revenue sharing must have a payroll above a minimum threshold. If you don't, you pay a $1 tax on every dollar you are shy of the threshold to the league and an additional $1 tax to MLB charities.

Steroid usage would be 50-100-life in addition with a $50,000, $100,000, and MLB minimum pay as a fine structure.

TornLabrum
05-07-2006, 06:01 PM
Why is that talking out of both sides of the mouth? Too me, theyíre two separate issues;
1) Giambiís numbers where chemically enhanced with illegal drugs, Frankís numbers werenít.
2) The DH in one league but not the other makes no sense.

Because Thomas was a DH, a position you want to eliminate. Therefore, as far as I'm concerned, if the position is not legitimate, it doesn't deserve MVP awards.

Iím a glass is half full type of guy. If the DH didnít exist, Frank would have had no choice but to improve his glove work/fielding at 1B, and he would have because heís one of the most talented players in Sox history. But because the DH was around, the team & Frank could go that route instead.

And because the DH was around, Harold Baines managed tol hang on another 10 years instead of having to retire.



Becoming a fan of the NL because of disliking the DH is in itself Cub-like. Iím no Cubs fan and since the DH exists, then by all means load that spot in the lineup with Jim Thome, who Iím thrilled to see in a Sox uniform.

The NL doesn't have the DH. The AL does. So why be an AL fan if you hate the DH. There are 16 teams in all of organized baseball that don't use the DH. Go be a fan of one of them if you hate it so much.

HomeFish
05-07-2006, 06:20 PM
Let us know how it works out when you have 10 people in the stands for any given game.

I think the vast majority of fans show up for the name on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back of the jersey.

Plus, because scabs would be unpredictable in terms of their MLB performance (as most will have never played in MLB before), there would be an immediate sense of parity. All teams would suddenly be "in contention" -- at least in the minds of the fans -- before the season began.

viagracat
05-07-2006, 06:32 PM
I think the vast majority of fans show up for the name on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back of the jersey.

Plus, because scabs would be unpredictable in terms of their MLB performance (as most will have never played in MLB before), there would be an immediate sense of parity. All teams would suddenly be "in contention" -- at least in the minds of the fans -- before the season began.

IIRC, most of the NFL teams couldn't draw flies when the teams used replacement players during the NFLPA strike in--1982, wasn't it? Don't know why it would be any different for baseball.

Daver
05-07-2006, 06:42 PM
I think the vast majority of fans show up for the name on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back of the jersey.
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You're dead wrong, without the players, the league is meaningless, and the owners know it. MLB flirted with using replacement players to start the season in 95, the backlash from the fans dissuaded them quickly when the cancellations of season ticket holders wanting a refund came pouring in.

People are not going to spend the prices MLB teams charge to watch minor league talent, they can go to a minor league stadium for a lot less.

viagracat
05-07-2006, 06:49 PM
People are not going to spend the prices MLB teams charge to watch minor league talent, they can go to a minor league stadium for a lot less.

You mean like Wrigley?:tongue:

repeat06
05-07-2006, 07:10 PM
put pete rose on the hall of fame ballot

WizardsofOzzie
05-07-2006, 09:31 PM
Crazy that someone didn't mention this one yet.

Change the system that awards gold gloves. So many people get screwed every year, including 2 of our own guys last year.

PKalltheway
05-07-2006, 11:36 PM
If I were the commish....

I would balance the schedules back out. I'm sick and tired of hearing about all of the same teams facing each other all of the time.
I would not make the All-Star game count. Just leave as it is. An exhibition.
Give the All-Star city selection some justice. Pittsburgh is hosting the All-Star game this year, just 12 years after their last. I would impose a 20 year waiting period before a team or city (I say this in mind of cities with two teams) can make another bid for an All-Star game because this is unfair. I don't care if they have a new stadium or not. Screw that. Here's how I would have selected it, starting with this year:
2006: San Francisco (last was in 1984)
2007: Kansas City (last was in 1973)
2008: St. Louis (last was in 1966):o:
2009: New York Yankees (last was in 1977)
2010: San Diego (last was in 1978)
2011: Tampa Bay (never hosted an All-Star game)
2012: Arizona (never hosted an All-Star game)
2013: Minnesota (last was in 1985)
2014: Cincinnati (last was in 1988)
2015: Oakland (last was in 1987)
2016: I would finally give it to Pittsburgh since it would have been 22 years since their last and it being just seven years removed from the Yankees, I would make the Mets wait just a little longer. (Sorry Mets fans, it's been since 1964 since your last and I apologize)
Eventually I would squeeze in Washington as well.

DoItForDanPasqua
05-08-2006, 02:08 AM
Eliminate interleague play.

Get rid of the DH and make everyone involved swear it never happened.

Award Frank Thomas the 2000 AL MVP.

Let Pete Rose into the Hall of Fame.

Contract the two Florida teams and send Washington to the AL.

Encourage teams with short fences to move them back.

Add more double headers so the season can end earlier.

Have at least two World Series, day games.

Move the Twins to Mexico or Puerto Rico.

The Racehorse
05-08-2006, 05:51 AM
The NL doesn't have the DH. The AL does. So why be an AL fan if you hate the DH. There are 16 teams in all of organized baseball that don't use the DH. Go be a fan of one of them if you hate it so much.

Why should I become an NL fan when I've been a Sox fan all my life? :?:

Glancing at this thread, I'm not the only person disliking the DH and who sees the Giambi/Frank 2000 MVP injustice in the same light.

GregoryEtc
05-08-2006, 10:48 AM
Eliminate interleague play.

Get rid of the DH and make everyone involved swear it never happened.

Award Frank Thomas the 2000 AL MVP.

Let Pete Rose into the Hall of Fame.

Contract the two Florida teams and send Washington to the AL.

Encourage teams with short fences to move them back.

Add more double headers so the season can end earlier.

Have at least two World Series, day games.

Move the Twins to Mexico or Puerto Rico.

reading this I was like "I agree... no i disagree... no i agree... no i disagree." :)

I like the idea of scheduled doubleheaders. maybe two a year (one home one away), but we'd have to come up with a way to make that appealing to the owners who would lose one home date.

We could make sure that they matched up the most non-premier matchups on the schedule, like Anybody vs. D-Rays or Yankees-Rangers... That way they'd be more likely to sell out a date in which they probably wouldn't have normally.

And as a special bonus, in between the double header games, 2 local little league teams would play a 3 inning exhibition game.

viagracat
05-08-2006, 12:51 PM
reading this I was like "I agree... no i disagree... no i agree... no i disagree." :)

I like the idea of scheduled doubleheaders. maybe two a year (one home one away), but we'd have to come up with a way to make that appealing to the owners who would lose one home date.

We could make sure that they matched up the most non-premier matchups on the schedule, like Anybody vs. D-Rays or Yankees-Rangers... That way they'd be more likely to sell out a date in which they probably wouldn't have normally.

And as a special bonus, in between the double header games, 2 local little league teams would play a 3 inning exhibition game.

A doubleheader makes for a LONG day, especially in this day of TV commercials, excessive scratching and such. For everybody. Especially if it's not a marquee matchup. Lots of people won't stick around for both games in their entirety. I don't see any benefit in any way to scheduling doubleheaders. You'll get a few due to rainouts, but that's all I'll ever see coming.

dcb56
05-08-2006, 11:15 PM
What I would do:

1.) Establish independent testing for illegal substances with full public disclosure of the results. All players would be tested once per season. Penalties for violations would be as follows: First offense would incur a one year suspension with a fine equalling that season's league minimum salary. Second offense would result in a lifetime ban and a fine equalling twice that season's league minimum salary.

2.) Eliminate the luxury tax. The preverse system MLB is now operating under where lazy owners can intentionally field lousy teams with bargain basement payrolls and not worry whether or not they will turn a profit becuase of George's incoming welfare checks needs to stop. The purpose of this move would be to force the Lorias, Pohlads, and David Glasses to sell their teams to owners who are interested in building profitable organizations by fielding competitive teams and building fanbases and not by cashing checks from Boston, New York, etc.

3.) World Series HFA would go back to the old system where it alternates between leagues.

4.) Radical realignment of leagues, changes in scheduling and playoffs. The current schedule format, thanks to the unbalanced leagues and schedules plus interleague play, has become an overly complicated mess and needs to be changed. I would expand MLB by two teams, create two new leagues, and distribute the teams as follows:

American- Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Kansas City, Minnesota, New York
National- Atlanta, Chicago, Cincinnati, Milwaukee, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, St. Louis
Pacific- Arizona, Colorado, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, Oakland, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle
International- Houston, Mexico City*, Montreal*, San Juan*, Santo Domingo*, Texas, Toronto, Washington

*= Florida and Tampa Bay would relocate to three of these cities, while the remaining two would get expansion franchises

This would restore the traditional 8-team/league format MLB had during its golden era prior to 1960 while maintaining about as many traditional AL/NL identities (obviously all in the East Coast and Midwest) as possible under a "radical realignment" proposal. Scheduling and playoffs would follow this format:

Season would be shortened to 160 games
Each team would play its 7 intraleague counterparts 16 times for a total of 112 games
Each team would play the 8 teams in another predetermined league 6 times (3 home, 3 away) for a total 48 games
Interleague play would follow a three year rotating pattern. For example in Year A, AL vs. NL, PL vs. IL, Year B, AL vs. PL, NL vs. IL, Year C, AL vs. IL, NL vs. PL
Pennant races would be restored as only the pennant winners from each league would advance to the playoffs. The first round would be a best of seven League Champions Series, where the winners of the leagues who faced each other in interleague would play to determine who advances to the World Series.
AL would keep the DH, adoption of DH would be up to the other three individual leagues

ondafarm
05-09-2006, 10:18 AM
The other thing I would do, were I commisioner for a day (or more) I would encourage the two Japanese leagues and the Korean league to each send a team of minor leaguers to compete in the International and Pacific Coast Leagues. The IL has eleven teams and adding a team would make that twelve, which is much easier to schedule. The japanese team would be a rover, with no permanent home, which would give each of the regular members extra home games, which the owners/ players would probably like, the Japanese players would be exposed to American baseball and have the chance to play against future stars and the American minor leaguers would get to see the future stars of Japanese baseball. Playing against a very different style of play would be good for many minor leaguers. It is quite common for a Japanese number three hitter to bunt the runners over, as KC did over the weekend.

If it worked perhaps South Africa could send a A team Italy as well and maybe Australia a AA team. Several countries who participated in the WBC could benefit greatly by exposing their players to a higher level of play.

mdep524
05-09-2006, 11:29 AM
1. Shorten regular season to 150 games.

2. Leave DH situation the way it is. Baseball is the only sport where the leagues have different rules- that makes it unique. We should celebrate that.

3. Interleague play: Marquee matchups (Sox/Cubs, Mets/Yanks, Angels/Dodgers) get a four game series-two in each park.

4. Playoff format changes: Three division winners automatically advance to playoffs as usual. Top two remaining teams play ONE game playoff- winner makes playoffs as Wildcard. This gives divsion champs more of an advantage- plus it will make the Wildcard team use their best pitcher for the one-game playoff, putting them at a further disadvantage for the first round of the LDS. (Division champs keep getting bounced in the first round by Wildcard teams- it's almost as if it is BETTER to be the Wildcard these days, and that's not the way it should be).

5. More playoff changes: Make LDS best-of-seven series. I would even consider making the World Series a best-of-nine. There's nothing like playoff baseball, why skimp on it?

6. Freeze or even roll back 15% ticket prices for each MLB team. Owners don't like it? Sell or make changes to payroll structure. If it were possible, I'd roll back everything 10-15%, including player's salaries, with all that money coming back to the fans.

7. Change the draft situation. You can't have these outrageous money demands from drafted players who are years away from making the big leagues, if at all. Institute a pay scale like the NBA.