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Old 08-02-2019, 10:39 AM
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they need to give more incentives to "go for it." this 1 game wildcard makes it worse.
No divisions, 3 or 5 wildcards per league; 5 game series minimum.
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Old 08-02-2019, 10:43 AM
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But it lessens the importance of a 162-game season.
Shorten the season - would need to anyway. Can't continue to play baseball in northern areas past early November.
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Old 08-02-2019, 10:45 AM
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There should be a penalty assessed to teams that trade veterans for prospects in-season.
This will never, ever happen, nor should it. The best players on non-competitive teams should be moved to playoff contenders to increase the caliber of competition in the playoffs. Plus, fans of go-nowhere teams have at least one day they can look forward to in the midst of an also-ran season.

Want bad teams to keep their good players longer? Make the deadline later, not earlier. Make it August 31st at midnight, and have all the roster moves actually take place on September 1st, when the rosters expand. It will still serve the same purpose of good teams getting better and bad teams getting younger, but bad teams are ostensibly “trying” for a longer period of time. Also, with more time for teams to drop out of contention, the market probably would tilt more in favor of buyers, lowering the quality of the prospects received in these deals. A team about 4 or 5 games out on August 31st may just decide to go for broke and keep the team together if acquiring so-so prospects is the only other option.
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Old 08-02-2019, 10:46 AM
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You still have the contending teams raiding the non-contending teams at the end of July. There should be a penalty assessed to teams that trade veterans for prospects in-season, who destroy the integrity of the races to get to the postseason by weakening themselves against contending teams remaining on their schedule and by strengthening the teams at the top. At the very least, teams that don't get major-league return for major-league talent should lose first-round draft picks. If that would make them demand more in their surrender trades, that would be a good thing.

I lived in Arizona for 20 years. I went to the first Diamondbacks game played at their home ballpark, an exhibition against the White Sox. I feel for the fans who will be looking up at more than the Dodgers well into the future to help the Astros championship run.
Teams have ALWAYS done this. It's not a new thing. you talk about protecting the integrity and tradition, this is part of the integrity and tradition.

How do you think the Yankees won championships at a rate of 5 a decade regularly? Teams sent them their experienced and producing players in exchange for cash and younger players.

This isn't something new or something to fix. Let teams manage their talent, budget and future as they deem fit.
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Old 08-02-2019, 10:51 AM
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Hire a panel of experts from fan boards across the majors to decree which teams should be punished for tanking. Their opinion will be infallible.

Wonderful, that's all MLB needs - a new policy that favors rich, major market teams like the Red Sox, Dodgers, and Yankees who can afford to never be really bad for more than one season at a time.
Great point. Making small-market teams waste money and talent on teams destined for 4th place anyway only serves the teams who can buy all that talent when it becomes too expensive for those teams to keep.
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