Wednesday, May 6, 2009
"I'd modernize it, make it five out of nine games, with the first two in a neutral city. Announce the MVP and Cy Young awards at a gala held between the playoffs and a new World Series weekend. Move the home-run contest from the All-Star game to that week too. "The gala and home-run derby would lead to Game 1 of the Series on Saturday, with Game 2 on Sunday. Then the Series would go on with the final seven games in the Series teams' cities. This way, different places get part of the Series. I want the World Series in Pittsburgh, Texas, Seattle. Teams in those markets would sell more season tickets. World Series weekend would be a major stage for corporate events; it could advance the game to the next level."
I tend to agree with Boras and I hope that baseball will seriously consider the idea. Movng the homerun derby to the end season would probably make more players willing to participate; and adding a neutral site where that team isn't in the playoffs would help ticket sales. I think baseball needs to figure out the playoff scheduling before they make radical changes to postseason play. These ideas, if implemented, would commercialize postseason baseball. Over the years the postseason has become something not for all baseball fans, but for the specific teams fans only. Neutral sites, award ceremonies, and the homerun derby would certainly make the World Series a circus, in a good way.
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Written by Eli at 11:25 AM