For today's second Commish For A Day installment, I'm turning the platform over to Zach Sanders of MLB Notebook, a veritable smorgasboard of baseball goodies. Zach's "About Me" section reads as follows: MLB Notebook is run by Zach Sanders. Zach has also done work for KFFL, and was the managing editor of the now defunct 24/7 Sports Stop. Zach is a member of SABR, and a part of the Business of Baseball and Statistical Analysis committees.
If I were Commissioner for a day, I would get rid of the "Winner takes Home Field" aspect of the All-Star game. I would do this within my first 30 seconds in office.Personally, I think the "this game counts" idea for the ASG is crap, and that's being kind. I'm not in Zach's camp on neutral sites, as you might remember, but I do think regular season records would be the way to go.
The seriousness the All-Star game takes away from the purpose of it - to have fun! Think of the rest of All-Star weekend, it's all about the players having fun. The homer run derby, and the softball game is fun for the fans and players alike, because there is nothing on the line to worry about. Think about the NBA. Basketball's All-Star game is fun to watch, because it is a high flying event with a focus on
Another problem is the lack of control the teams in the World Series tend to have over the outcome. If a team has 1-3 players on the roster, can the team really help if the All-Star team loses? Next stop is a solution. Best record in the regular season sounds like a fairly reasonable solution, but it's not the best one. The MLB should do what the NFL does: Neutral sites. We all witnessed the problems with big games in cold weather cities in this past World Series. Cities in the southern half of the county and teams with closed room stadiums (or retractable ones) should be allowed to host.
Of course, this would need more specifictions to deal with revenue sharing between the host team and the two World Series participants, but that's a whole different issue.
In fact, I was yelling kinda loudly against the "we need a neutral site NOW" crowd this past October.
I understand how it works for football (one game, early February dates, etc.) but it can't work for baseball.
It's not just taking the game from the local fans, it's the essential stealing of money from the local economies that participate in the game. Remember, it IS about the money, stupid. Why reward a neutral site city, one that doesn't have its own team and little chance of landing one?
We can cry about the fans who won't get to go see the games in person, but we all know that most of the tickets are snapped up by the corporates or are priced out of reach for mere mortals. Besides, the games start so damn late that the kids aren't there anyways. But the real reason this can't (and won't) happen is CASH.
The City of Philadelphia boosted their budget by an estimated $20million from this playoff run alone. Think they would willingly let that money flow to Nashville? Me either.
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