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If I were MLB Commissioner...

Submitted by da HOOK on 14 August, 2014 - 16:41

@MLBCathedrals on twitter just came up with what he would do if he were commissioner of Major League Baseball:

1. The MLB blackout rules would be fixed.
2. The #Athletics would know if they can move to San Jose. In a week.
3. The World Series would have a day game.
4. The AS Game would not determine home field for the World Series
5. Expand by two teams 4, 8 team divisions (15 team leagues dumb)
6. Reduce, not eliminate Interleague play.
7. The price of beer would be no higher than the average of the ten closest bars to the ballpark.

I agree with the #1-4 and #6 above; there are some games that are subject to blackout that are not available on local televison.

As to #5, I wrote about that elsewhere on this site.

This is what I would do.

  1. All ballparks would be inspected for safety. Parks determined to be dangerous, either to players or spectators, must either be repaired or abandoned. The AL President ordered the White Sox to leave old Comiskey; the commissioner should still have this power.
  2. That part of Rule 1.04 where it states that
    NOTE: (a) Any Playing Field constructed by a professional club after June 1,
    1958, shall provide a minimum distance of 325 feet from home
    base to the nearest fence, stand or other obstruction on the right and
    left field foul lines, and a minimum distance of 400 feet to the center
    field fence.
    (b) No existing playing field shall be remodeled after June 1, 1958, in
    such manner as to reduce the distance from home base to the foul
    poles and to the center field fence below the minimum specified in
    paragraph (a) above.
    would be enforced.
  3. Since nobody plays on the Thursday after the All-Star Game anyway, play two all-star games, one on Tuesday, one on Wednesday, in the same city. That way, the games can be somewhat competitive and everybody still gets to play.
  4. Rosters would be expanded but there must be more position players than pitchers. With all the double switching or pinch-hitting for one-inning pitchers, there is often noone left on the bench after two or three changes.
  5. If a team changes pitchers more than once in an inning, other than with an injury to a reliever, pitcher #3 (or more) does not get any warm-up pitches on the real mound. If there is a pitching change between warmups and the first batter, no new warm-up pitches for the reliever.
  6. Batters leaving the dirt or circle around home plate (sorry, Detroit) more than once in the same atbat (unless there is another delay) would be charged a strike each time.
  7. Teams in the World Series games would be able to have their own radio broadcasts across their entire network. Currently, the affiliate stations must carry the ESPN Radio national broadcast. And radio broadcasts online would not require a paid subscription (NHL model).
  8. Anyone who has owned at least 1% of a Major League Baseball team within the past 10 years would be ineligible to serve as commissioner.
  9. I would recognize the death of Shoeless Joe Jackson as the end of his "lifetime" ban, and agree to end the ban on Pete Rose at his death (unless it is ruled a suicide while sane, in which case it would end five and a half years later).
  10. Inter-league play would use the DH in all cases in the majors, matching the pattern used in the minor leagues. If that just won't work, have it match the visiting team's league preference rather than the home team's.