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You Are The Commissioner Of Baseball

Well, with the Winter Meetings going on, it seems a good time to get some more baseball discussion going to help those of us going through baseball withdrawal.

So, here’s the question du jour: You have just been appointed Commissioner of Baseball. What change or changes do you make to improve the game?

  1. Israel P.

    Find a way to be rid of the Nuttings.

  2. 2Evil4U

    Institute the DH on the senior circuit & eliminate inter-league play.

  3. 2Evil4U

    Oh. And eliminate the All-Star game. Best record gets home field in World Series.

  4. Mollie Hemingway
    C

    I’ve thought about this a long time. I would ban slow drivers from the left hand lanes. Also, no silly food at ball parks. No margaritas, for instance.

  5. ConservativeWanderer
    Mollie Hemingway, Ed.: I’ve thought about this a long time. I would ban slow drivers from the left hand lanes. Also, no silly food at ball parks. No margaritas, for instance. · 0 minutes ago

    What about food that’s associated with the city? Would you allow, say, Philly Cheesesteaks in Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park?

  6. 1967mustangman

    Contract by 2 teams.  

  7. Pat Frost

    Eliminate the DH from the American League. Can anyone explain why the pitcher shouldn’t bat?

    All Star should be for played for pride, not for World Series implications.

    Never institute a salary cap.

    Clone Buster Posey over and over again.

  8. Pat Frost

    Oh, and make batters stay in the batter’s box. You are up there to hit, not wander around thinking about the fiscal cliff!

  9. 1967mustangman
    Pat Frost: Eliminate the DH from the American League. Can anyone explain why the pitcher shouldn’t bat?

    All Star should be for played for pride, not for World Series implications.

    Never institute a salary cap.

    Clone Buster Posey over and over again. · 7 minutes ago

    Pitchers shouldn’t hit because they are boring to watch…..:-)  Also I like the DH’s effect in prolonging the career of veterans, particularly when used in a platoon format. 

    BTW I agree that they should have to stay in the batters box to speed up the game.

  10. Mollie Hemingway
    C
    ConservativeWanderer

    Mollie Hemingway, Ed.: I’ve thought about this a long time. I would ban slow drivers from the left hand lanes. Also, no silly food at ball parks. No margaritas, for instance. · 0 minutes ago

    What about food that’s associated with the city? Would you allow, say, Philly Cheesesteaks in Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park? · 7 minutes ago

    It’s not even the variety that gets me so much (I think that’s good) as the complete departure from the peanuts, cracker jack, hot dog model.

    What used to bond people around a game is now an individualized fan “experience.” It’s just a bit silly.

  11. Mollie Hemingway
    C
    1967mustangman

    Pitchers shouldn’t hit because they are boring to watch…..:-)  Also I like the DH’s effect in prolonging the career of veterans, particularly when used in a platoon format. 

    But perhaps the most fun thing to watch in baseball is the strategy — something that no-hitting pitchers take away from.

  12. ConservativeWanderer
    Mollie Hemingway, Ed.

    1967mustangman

    Pitchers shouldn’t hit because they are boring to watch…..:-)  Also I like the DH’s effect in prolonging the career of veterans, particularly when used in a platoon format. 

    But perhaps the most fun thing to watch in baseball is the strategy — something that no-hitting pitchers take away from. · 0 minutes ago

    Heh. My two expectations for this thread have now been achieved.

    1. I expected we’d get into the DH vs no-DH discussion again.

    2. I expected Miss Mollie to show up and be active in the thread.

    I’d call that a good day’s work. :)

  13. 1967mustangman
    ConservativeWanderer

    Mollie Hemingway, Ed.: I’ve thought about this a long time. I would ban slow drivers from the left hand lanes. Also, no silly food at ball parks. No margaritas, for instance. · 0 minutes ago

    What about food that’s associated with the city? Would you allow, say, Philly Cheesesteaks in Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park? · 13 minutes ago

    I went to SafeCo in the third game of the Yankees/Mariners series this year just after the Yankees snapped up Ichiro…..I thought it was funny how much of their stadium was built around him. They would even have to change one of their main food staples the “Ichiroll”.  

    Edited for grammariness

  14. ConservativeWanderer
    1967mustangman

    ConservativeWanderer

    Mollie Hemingway, Ed.: I’ve thought about this a long time. I would ban slow drivers from the left hand lanes. Also, no silly food at ball parks. No margaritas, for instance. · 0 minutes ago

    What about food that’s associated with the city? Would you allow, say, Philly Cheesesteaks in Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park? · 13 minutes ago

    I went to SafeCo in the third game of the Yankees/Mariners series this year just after the Yankees snapped up Ichiro…..I thought it was funny how much of their stadium was build around him. They would even have to change one of their main food staples the “Ichiroll”.   · 3 minutes ago

    Personally, last time I was at Safeco, I had a hot dog. :)

  15. 1967mustangman
    ConservativeWanderer

    1967mustangman

    ConservativeWanderer

    Mollie Hemingway, Ed.: I’ve thought about this a long time. I would ban slow drivers from the left hand lanes. Also, no silly food at ball parks. No margaritas, for instance. · 0 minutes ago

    What about food that’s associated with the city? Would you allow, say, Philly Cheesesteaks in Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park? · 13 minutes ago

    I went to SafeCo in the third game of the Yankees/Mariners series this year just after the Yankees snapped up Ichiro…..I thought it was funny how much of their stadium was build around him. They would even have to change one of their main food staples the “Ichiroll”.   · 3 minutes ago

    Personally, last time I was at Safeco, I had a hot dog. :) · 1 minute ago

    Tell me you had the garlic fries?  I think with the Mariners recent record the garlic fries may be the only legitimate argument for SafeCo’s continued existence.

  16. ConservativeWanderer
    1967mustangman

    ConservativeWanderer

    1967mustangman

    ConservativeWanderer

    Mollie Hemingway, Ed.: I’ve thought about this a long time. I would ban slow drivers from the left hand lanes. Also, no silly food at ball parks. No margaritas, for instance. · 0 minutes ago

    What about food that’s associated with the city? Would you allow, say, Philly Cheesesteaks in Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park? · 13 minutes ago

    I went to SafeCo in the third game of the Yankees/Mariners series this year just after the Yankees snapped up Ichiro…..I thought it was funny how much of their stadium was build around him. They would even have to change one of their main food staples the “Ichiroll”.   · 3 minutes ago

    Personally, last time I was at Safeco, I had a hot dog. :) · 1 minute ago

    Tell me you had the garlic fries?  I think with the Mariners recent record the garlic fries may be the only legitimate argument for SafeCo’s continued existence. · 0 minutes ago

    Nope. I am a traditionalist, though I stop short of Mollie’s idea of outright banning other foods.

    And it was worth it, because I and a friend showed the late Danawheels the basics of baseball. :)

  17. Charlotte

    Shorten the regular season to 140-150 games.

  18. Percival
    1. The DH rule delenda est.

    2. TV announcers will be required by league regulations to state the score, the innning, the number of outs and number of men on base, the name of the batter, and the count on the batter at least once every 3 minutes.  This is not to inform the viewer: it’s to prove that those knuckleheads are aware that there’s a game in progress.  No more stories about where you had dinner last night, who you saw, how the veal scallopini tasted, or any of the other dreck you babble on about.  Call the game, already.
  19. Pat Frost

    Are #9 hitters really that exciting? #8 hitters don’t keep from going to get a dog and beer. Also, one of the most exciting parts of the last playoffs for me was when Barry Zito put down that surprise bunt single in Game 5 of the NLCS. I do like watching guys like Edgar Martinez, Big Papi, and Thome prolong their careers though.

    1967mustangman

    Pat Frost: Eliminate the DH from the American League. Can anyone explain why the pitcher shouldn’t bat?

    All Star should be for played for pride, not for World Series implications.

    Never institute a salary cap.

    Clone Buster Posey over and over again. · 7 minutes ago

    Pitchers shouldn’t hit because they are boring to watch…..:-)  Also I like the DH’s effect in prolonging the career of veterans, particularly when used in a platoon format. 

    BTW I agree that they should have to stay in the batters box to speed up the game. · 1 hour ago

  20. jarhead
    C

    1.  Eliminate the DH.

    2.  Speed up the game by making the hitter stay in the batter’s box and the pitcher stay on the mound.  The Carlos Pena rule should state that the batter gets one chance to adjust his batting gloves before the at-bat starts.  The Josh Beckett rule should state that the pitcher has 20 seconds between pitches to deliver the next pitch.

      3.  Shorten the season to about 145 games.  It’s ridiculous to be playing the World Series in November, in some cities which could have snow on the ground.

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