You won’t hear negative feedback from baseball fans on the new proposed interleague scheduling plan that shortens ‘natural rivalry’ series from its current six-game format to four-games in most seasons.
What baseball fans want most in season scheduling is fairness, which is exactly the aim of the proposal to begin in time for the 2013 season.
I’ve never bought into the ‘natural rivalries’ anyway. The Cubs & White Sox are hardly rivals. Same can be said for the Mets & Yankees, Reds & Indians, Dodgers & Angels and so on…
Baseball fans have never confused these series as true sports rivalries, which can only be born from great competition among two teams on the playing field–not in the marketing department of MLB.
Rivalries develop over time, beginning most often during the regular season and then further progressing during playoffs series.
What they’re not is ‘natural’.
I’m not for expanding postseason baseball.
At least, not with additional Wild Cards.
Doesn’t mean I’m a purist. Doesn’t mean I’m not open for suggestion.
It’s just that I like significant importance tied to the regular season.
Is that too much to ask?
A meaningful regular season works well for the NFL, which is the gold standard other professional sports leagues model themselves after. So why should baseball be any different, especially for a league playing a whopping 162 games?
Keep adding playoff teams and you’ve got a regular season as meaningful as the NCAA’s basketball schedule (Which reminds me, there are actually more teams heading up March Madness in 2011). Ridiculous, but another story for another time.
Anyway, the good news is Bud Selig jumping into baseball’s think tank.
It seemingly doesn’t happen often enough, or long enough, but lately, Selig and friends have helped push baseball further out of the Dark Ages.
The regular season is beginning sooner.
The World Series will again be played in October, not November.
Instant reply is under further examination, too.
Now, if we could only get Opening Day games played in warm weather markets and World Series games ending before 1:30am EST!
One day, perhaps, baseball sorts this whole mess out.
In the meantime, however, it’s business as usual.
Slow, steady and follow the football leaders.
Bud Selig says he’s stepping aside as commissioner after his contract expires on Dec. 31, 2012.
I know it’s easy to bang on the commish, and in some cases rightfully so, but I still think Selig takes more heat than he should.
Nonetheless, baseball needs the change in leadership…whether the owners want to believe it or not.
I’ve said many times that Bud Selig is not the bonehead many believe him to be.
Is he guilty, however, of some boneheaded moves as the Commissioner of Baseball?
Without question, yes.
The significance of World Series home field advantage being tied to the All Star game is perhaps, at the top of his stupidity list.
It’s not that I don’t welcome a competitive game between both leagues, but a meaningful game played under exhibition rules makes zero sense.
They’re two options to enhance the Mid Summer Classic.