For the opening Commish For A Day salvos, I bring you a two-barrelled approach. Each of these share a common theme dealing with the elimination of territorial rights in the game. There is some other discussion on other topics, but I put these two together to get us started. It rewards in-league play as well as interleague play, and doesn't require waiting until Oct. 20 to find out where Game 1 will be played, like it might if winning percentage between the two league champions was the third point.
Leading off is the esteemed Keith Law of ESPN/Scouts, Inc. fame. Keith's personal blog, meadowparty, is a stew of baseball, movies and all things culinary. Keith's baseball blog on ESPN can be found here, as you probably already know. Says Keith, the lead-off CFAD:
I'd eliminate the territorial rules, both for TV and relocations. Then I'd open up the process to two expansion franchises once the economy is turning around, and if someone wants to put a team in Brooklyn or New Jersey or in the Inland Empire, by all means, let them.Batting second is Thomas White, aka "Chipmaker", sole proprietor of the blog Chipmaker Coherent. The Chipmaker begins with the territorial rights issue, then attacks the World Series HFA issue:
FWIW, the salary cap/floor thing would require a renegotiation of the CBA. Even if you were named Commissioner for a day, you couldn't push that through unilaterally, whereas I don't believe expansion requires union approval (nor would they say no if asked).
Team territorial rights are abolished, 8:01 am. If the A's want to move to San Jose, go right ahead. If some team wants to move to northern New Jersey, go right ahead. Damned relic from the early 20th century and well overdue to be cast aside.Thanks to Keith and Thomas for their contributions. I've got a bunch more to roll with this week so barring any crazy "real" baseball news, I'll devote much of this week to you guys and your opinions. Chat it up, guys.
If that's a bit esoteric, we modify the World Series homefield method. Three points, two points wins homefield:
(The current method really doesn't bother me in the least, and I don't understand why it does get up the noses of so many fans, but I recognize that as a real thing. This method would be more interesting, not too complex, and maintain some suspense until late in the season.)
It rewards in-league play as well as interleague play, and doesn't require waiting until Oct. 20 to find out where Game 1 will be played, like it might if winning percentage between the two league champions was the third point.