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And the Lord said, "Behold! I give unto thee..."
Let me start by saying that this either one of the best ideas for baseball, or the absolute worst.

End Major League Baseball. Make the 2004 season the last in MLB. Take as long as you have to, be it 5 months or 5 years, and build something new. Invalidate every contract, break up every team, fire every official, manager, coach and umpire and build something better. Burn the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Destroy the Players Union. Implement a rock-solid salary cap. Put limits on how high and low any player's contract can go. In the same vein, put limits on how high ticket prices can go. Professional baseball, in its current state, will die by 2010 if nothing is changed.

Change some of the rules of the game. Eliminate the Designated Hitter or bring it to both leagues. Eliminate the Questec system. Enforce the batter's box. Regulate exactly how high pitcher's mounds can be, and make it the same in every stadium and bullpen. Do the same with the grass and dirt and even the chalk used for the foul lines. Institute a challenge system like the NFL. A team can challenge two calls per game; if they're wrong, they lose an out next time they bat. Add an extra challenge for extra innings, only one. Institute right field and left field umpires for every game. Make every umpire pass a physical every year and an eye exam every month. And while I'm ranting, get the fucking managers out of uniform for crying out loud!

I think this could do wonders for baseball, but I know it won't happen. The union's too greedy, the owners are too greedy and the dollar is too almighty.

Rant off.



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If you want to get really radical, make the 30 MLB teams into three 10-team leagues like European soccer. One 'premier' league, a secondary league and a lower division team. So for 2004, the teams in the 'premier' league would be the teams with the ten best records, and so forth down the line. Each year the playoff bracket is made of 8 teams -- four top premier league clubs, top two in league B and top two in league C. If you win your league or finish second in the B League, you automatically get bumped up to Premier League for the next season. If the C League runner-up wins the World Series, they automatically go into the Premier League as well. The displaced teams then move down into the B League, which then displaces teams into the C League.

Under this system, next year's divisions would be....

Premier League
NY Yankees, Atlanta, San Francisco, Oakland, Boston, Seattle, Florida, Minnesota, Chicago Cubs, Houston

B League
Toronto, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Chicago White Sox, Kansas City, Philadelphia, Montreal, Arizona, Anaheim, Pittsburgh

C League
NY Mets, Colorado, San Diego, Milwaukee, Texas, Detroit, Tampa Bay, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Cleveland




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I did that three-tier idea one year with High Heat 2003 or 2002 or whichever one it was. I think it's brilliant. I had a slightly different playoff system, though. I would start the lowest divisions playing, then start the middle division two weeks later, and the highest division two weeks after that. Then when the lowest division's regular season was complete I would have the top four teams have playoffs with the winner advancing to play with the top three teams of the middle division. The winner of that playoff would advance to play with the top three teams in the Premier League. (BTW, "Premier League" is the coolest name for a sports league, period.)

I think some other ideas for European soccer should be implemented, such as:

An equivalent to England's FA Cup: Start in early spring and have the lower minor leagues pair up and play two home-and-home two game series. Most wins in four games (or most runs for tiebreaker) to advance. Or, better yet (maybe), send eight minor league teams to one major league city (for easier travel purposes) and have the rounds be two games each, most runs advance. I think the two or four game set-up, while deviating from the traditional best-of-3/5/7 would be tough to get used to at first would make it easier for teams because they wouldn't have to set a pitching rotation with a hypothetical game three out there. Start filtering in the higher minor and major league teams deeper in the tournament. If you're an Orioles fan and you suck because you've got no pitching, wouldn't you dig it if the Bowie Bay Sox rode the arms of a couple of prospects to wins over a AAA or major-league team?

Player transfers for $$$: I saw a report that Chelsea offered $80 million for Arsenal's Thierry Henry. With such a disparity in upper and lower-brackets money-wise, wouldn't it make sense to have a system where the D-Backs just gave the Brewers $20 million for Richie Sexson if they wanted?



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Sounds good, but why is it so important that the managers get out of uniform? Would it make that of a difference if they wore a suit like in hockey?



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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.48
    Originally posted by gugs
    End Major League Baseball. Make the 2004 season the last in MLB. Take as long as you have to, be it 5 months or 5 years, and build something new.







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    Player transfers for $$$: I saw a report that Chelsea offered $80 million for Arsenal's Thierry Henry. With such a disparity in upper and lower-brackets money-wise, wouldn't it make sense to have a system where the D-Backs just gave the Brewers $20 million for Richie Sexson if they wanted?


Then the Yankees would have even more of a monopoly, since they wouldn't even have to give up any prospects. Who's to say a team like Milwaukee would even spend the money on players, anyway?




Rob asks Dave and Ric if they want to go backstage to play Hungry Hungry Hippos and Flair and Batista immediately bail. Flair wants to be Green. Man, EVERYBODY wants to be green. Except the girl in the commercials. She wanted to be pink. That either means that the ad agency was sexist or that she was communist. Of course Hungry Hungry Hippos is a rather capitalist game isnít it? No self respecting communist would play Hungry Hungry Hippos. Except Stalin. He LOVED Hungry Hungry Hippos. God, Iíve got no clue what the hell Iím rambling about anymore.-- Matt "Excalibur05" Hocking, Raw Satire writer extraordinaire

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An interesting idea, but don't forget...the biggest idea to come out of the Commissioner's office in the past ten years was to give home field advantage in the World Series to the winning team in the All Star game. Anything more radical than that is way beyond Bud Selig's capability.



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If you "end Major League Baseball" its not as if you can stop at the 30 MLB teams. The farm system goes how many layers deep? Affiliates in how many teams/divisions/leagues? You're basically talking about reinventing the way you play one of your national games. That's almost insane. IF MLB said tomorrow at 12:00 it was quitting every contract and starting over, at 12:01 you'd have Hotshot Media Tycoon announcing Premier Baseball and signing the same guys to play for him. Ignoring the contract/legal issues, it would be career suicide for Selig et al.



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    Originally posted by Big Bad

      Player transfers for $$$: I saw a report that Chelsea offered $80 million for Arsenal's Thierry Henry. With such a disparity in upper and lower-brackets money-wise, wouldn't it make sense to have a system where the D-Backs just gave the Brewers $20 million for Richie Sexson if they wanted?


    Then the Yankees would have even more of a monopoly, since they wouldn't even have to give up any prospects. Who's to say a team like Milwaukee would even spend the money on players, anyway?



Let's say the Brewers were handed $20 million for Richie Sexson. Unless they could prove that they were losing that much money each year, don't you think there would be HUGE public pressure for the Brewers to spend that money on players? You could sign a whole pitching staff for $20 million. That's got to be better than a hot prospect and two ham-n-egger minor leaguers.



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