Let ‘em in, let ‘em all in: SportsChump plays Commissioner for a day

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  1. sportschump

    sportschump Well-Known Member SportsChump.net

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    I am here to provide closure for baseball fans once and for all. You can thank me later.

    Today, I am going to grant myself one wish and one wish only. Of course, if I actually stumbled onto a genie’s lamp, becoming Major League Baseball’s commissioner for a day would not be at the top of my request list. I’d probably ask for a million dollars or something far more useful but for the sake of this post and the future health of the sport, I’ll make an exception.

    Baseball’s recent history is in dire need of repair. After much deliberation, I have decided I’m the man for the job.

    Prepare to disagree at: http://sportschump.net/2015/05/20/let-em-let-em-sportschump-plays-commissioner-day/15582/
     
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    irish DSP Staff Member Administrator

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    rules are rules
    if you were caught cheating, you should have zero recourse
    shoeless joe and pete rose knew the consequences, and continue to pay for breaking the rules
    there is no justification, no gray area; you either cheated or you did not cheat
    now if you were suspected but not caught; then it should leave it up to the voters... who, imo, have done a good job thus far

    but enough of that
    if you're gonna be commish chumpy, i have a couple of of more pressing needs to be fixed...

    1. abolish the dh
    - pitchers should have to hit; that way if you choose to plunk someone, you run the risk of getting one in your ear
    - also allows al managers to think about double-switch strategies, and use there relievers more judiciously

    2. retract interleague play and the unbalanced schedule
    - send the astros back to the nl
    - each team plays every team in their league and equal amount of times

    3. revoke instant replay
    - it slows down the game and the idiots in new york still can't get it right
    - better idea; have six umpires every game
    - also, umpires have performance reviews and are rewarded/penalized based on said performance

    4. extend the trade deadline to 8/31
    - with the addition of wild card series, the season now extends into november
    - and speaking of which...

    5. do away with the wild card one-game "play in" game
    - after 162 games, a one game playoff is stupid and completely random
    - teams have to decide whether to use their ace or save him if they advance
    - better idea; expand the wild card to three teams, and let those teams face off against the division winners
    - and make all the series seven games

    feel free to use my ideas and take full credit for them chumpy
    i care not for recognition, but only the game i love to get it right
     
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    irish DSP Staff Member Administrator

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    btw, posted this^ on your blog as well :irishdance:
     
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    sportschump Well-Known Member SportsChump.net

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    Damn, Irish.

    I wanna argue every one of those points.

    But prior to tackling them one by one, let’s define cheating. Neither Bonds nor Clemens ever failed a drug test, so by your logic let ‘em in but not Palmeiro because he did? Just ’cause they didn’t fail a test doesn’t mean they didn’t take. They were just smarter, or at least more well-informed than the rest of the league.

    1) DH – I’m an American League guy so I’m a fan of the DH. I know, I know, I’m in the minority. But I’d rather see Papi play a few more years knocking balls out of Fenway than I would see some pitcher in the rotation that looks like he’s batting from the wrong side of the plate. The game needs offense and the DH rule differentiates the two leagues and adds strategy to the World Series. If I’m commish, I keep it.

    2) I think they finally got interleague right, by just having one or two interleague series a week instead of making it an event nobody gives a shit about. I’m all for balancing the league and perhaps retraction (Rays, yikes!) but at least now there’s five teams in every division. That’s one step in the right direction.

    3) I like instant replay. It just needs to be tweaked. I don’t want to see a pitcher getting robbed of a no-hitter and I don’t want to see teams win that shouldn’t. We’re human. We make mistakes. I’d like to have a few do-overs, if you know what I mean.

    4) Extending the trade deadline? Finally something we agree upon. I’ve never really understood it anyway. Aren’t there two? Then again, it probably exists to prevent against collusion.

    5) That one-game playoff, I, is one of the most watched games of the season. As much as it pains me to say this, that Bucky “Fuckin’” Dent game is one of the most memorable in the history of the game. Wait, did you say playoff expansion. I have a feeling the Commissioner’s office is listening. We’ll probably be seeing that in a few years.
     
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    sportschump Well-Known Member SportsChump.net

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    Back at ya, kiddo.
     
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    irish DSP Staff Member Administrator

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    lol

    guys who got caught are banned
    guys strongly suspected but not caught are up to the voters discretion (clemens/bonds)

    we'll just have to agree to disagree on the dh

    also disagree on interleague
    if it were balanced schedule i might concur
    but if [for argument's sake] my dodgers have to play the yankees/rays/tigers and the giants get the jays/indians/a's it's totally unfair and shouldn't count in the standings

    i'll concur with instant replay only if i get unlimited mulligans on the golf course

    glad we agree on extending the trade deadline
    currently there are two
    the 7/31 deadline allows you to make any trade with any team
    the 8/31 deadline still allows you to make trades, but all players involved must clear waivers...
    - let's say [again for arguments sake] you want to trade longoria to the cardinals for matt holliday
    - and let's say the red sox jump in and claim longoria to block the trade
    - you can either pull longoria back, or let the red sox take him

    come on chumpy, almost every postseason game would qualify as one of the most watched games of the season
    still contend it's not fair after 162 games
    i would say let them battle it out for longer, but that we be unfair for the other teams to remain idle
     
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    I wrote a follow-up piece to the steroid debate.

    If in the end, all of A-Rod's numbers mean nothing, why should we even watch in the first place?
     
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    irish DSP Staff Member Administrator

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    thanks chumpy, i'll check it out!
     

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