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joepet
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#1 Posted on
Face it, Major League Baseball is FUBAR. It can't be fixed without major, fundamental overhauls to its entire structure, and that cannot be done with patchwork fixes between strikes and lockouts. It needs to be torn down and rebuilt from the ground up.

So I say, when this season ends (if they make it to the end), just end it all. Dissolve the Players Union. Dissolve the Umpires Union. Pay off all the contracts you can, and divvy up all the assets remaining amongst the owners somehow. Major League Baseball will be dead and buried.

Then, take all of 2003 to build a new baseball foundation. Set a hard maximum salary of $1,000,000 for players, with a maximum of $250,000 in incentive bonuses, and a total cap of $10,000,000 for each team. And _stick_ to it. Set a hard maximum price for seats, with bleacher seats no more than $5 each. And _stick_ to it. Make sure everyone knows their role, and that there will be NO work stoppages for at least five years. Then prepare a massive campaign in 2004 to get people back into the national past-time.

Sure, some players might figure out that they can make more if they head somewhere else, but the only place where you have a chance of making more than $1,000,000 a year playing baseball is Japan, whose baseball system is suffering almost as much as the one in North America (and they only allow 3 gaijin per team anyway...) And in case you're worried about some bozo starting a new league, remember McMahon, Vince and the XFL.

Anyway, Major League Baseball needs a heart transplant to survive, and all the band-aids and antiseptic in the world can't help that.
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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.42
Why do they need a year off to do this? How I would solve things:

1)Eliminate the Players Union. If players refuse to play without a union, say "Fuck you then. You can go stuff bags or sit behind a desk like the people in this country who actually work for a living." There are players in the majors now who will continue to play, and for those who refuse, I'm sure there are plenty of other talented guys out there who just haven't been seen yet by the right scout that can easily fill the void.

2)Set a salary cap. This would solve just about every single competitve inbalance problem existing. There's no need to send caps for individual players. Teams can hand out their money as they see fit, but they only have so much to work with.

3)Begin drug testing for banned substances. I am not sure if I think there is a drug problem or not in baseball, but this will remove any doubt and will restore the game's credibility, something which has been in question in recent years.

4)Eliminate interleague play. This more than anything has caused the allstar game to lose its luster in recent years. Plus, with players changing teams every year now, there aren't exactly any match ups that either haven't been done to death or we won't have the opportunity to see in a few years anyway.

Unfortunately, Bud Selig lacks testicles. He is afraid to make any serious moves. Unfortunately (2), he is an owner, and the owners get to pick the commissioner. So he won't be going anywhere for a long time. We need a system to appoint a commissioner with absolute power that answers to nobody, like Kennesaw Mountain Landis was when he becaome the first man to hold the position.



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Since: 18.3.02
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#3 Posted on

    Originally posted by TheBucsFan
    Unfortunately, Bud Selig lacks testicles. He is afraid to make any serious moves. Unfortunately (2), he is an owner, and the owners get to pick the commissioner. So he won't be going anywhere for a long time.


I've gotta agree with just about everything you just said, and this comes from someone who will always love Uncle Bud for bringing baseball back to Milwaukee and keeping it here. He's made some severely "gonad challenged" decisions.

This was a fantastic opportunity for him to take the reins, and say "Enough!". He would have had 40,000 plus fans eating out of his hands if he had just demanded that those prima donnas finish the damn game!

While I wasn't there, I do have a couple of friends who were. They are currently season ticket holders, but they're not sure they're going to be next year.

I listened to Bud, and then his daughter, on a local radio show today ducking questions about whether that decision was a mistake. They wouldn't acknowledge that baseball blew it...and that in a nutshell, is the problem.

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WTF?? You think it was the players' call to stop the game? It was Selig's call.

And seats for $5 each? Please. You're living in a world of make-believe, with flowers and bells and leprechauns and magic frogs with funny little hats.

They should sell seats for however much they can get for them. This is America.

They just need to realize that the games are more interesting when the teams are more evenly matched. That's all.

I'll add that all these "labor" issues are way more about how the owners distribute their money amongst themselves than anything else. Any connection to anything having to do with player salaries is honestly very indirect at best.

Selig has made plenty of moves... interleague play, the wild card, threatening almost every city with the dissolution of their team, lying to Congress, badmouthing the sport he represents at every opportunity... those are all moves. It's just that all the moves he's made have been fucking stupid from almost everyone's perspective (owners, players, fans) except of course for those privileged few who happen to own a baseball team in Milwaukee.

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TheBucsFan, first of all, there is no way in hell are you going to eliminate the best union in the country, unless they do it to themselves. It is just the excuse for Congress and the Supreme court to revoke anti-trust exemptions from Major League Baseball. The owners tried to eliminate the players union before, and failed when an arbitrator declared the lockout illegal.

Second, the players favor drug testing. Like you or me, they don't want to be ambushed about it. So that's a non-issue.
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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.42
You don't have to declare it illegal. Simply say "Join you're little union if you want. But you can't play with us if you do. Go form another league if you don't like it."

I guess you mean that they favor it like Sammy Sosa does? He says he'll be first in line to get testing, but when Rick Oreilly tells him "Why wait until they tell you you have to. Go do it now," Sosa gets defensive and begins swearing at Orielly. Then you have someonel ike Barry Bonds who says he supports it, but "not random testing. That's an invasion of privacy." So is he saying that players want a warning in advance so they know when to cut back or when they're clear to start shooting up again? Man, these guys are real bold, trail blazing pioneers, standing up for drug testing like that.



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#7 Posted on
I grant that the weaseling and teh hem-hawing the players are doing does not make for good p.r. but I chalk that up to the traditional disdain to ambush journalism that some media outlets are fond of doing.

This would peobably be the first time a group of people will strike for the status quo, which is definitely bad for p.r.

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