How To Improve Baseball
* No weird off days during the playoffs – my own suggestion is that we
go back to 2-3-2 for 7 game series and 2-2-1 for 5 game series, with
the off days being where the dashes appear.
* No charge for MLB.TV since it never works right anyway – AMEN!!!! I
actually am on the road a lot – to the West Coast in fact – for
business and if I don’t pay for FOX at home, why the heck should I need
to pay to watch the Yanks on FOX on my computer??? If they’re on YES,
lemme log in and verify that I am a subscriber…
* No red caps on Yankees – not on Memorial Day, July 4th or any other
day. OMG YES!!!!! Do we put blue caps on the Concinnati Reds? I
THINK NOT! Case closed…
* Fox/TBS required to broadcast pre-game ceremonies during playoffs.
Absolutely. Since I was 7 yrs old this is still one of the best parts!
Come on people, get with it!!!!
*Have at least one and optimally two World Series games during the day
again. These should be weekend games as I understand that it wouldn’t
make financial sense during the week. However, it bugs the heck outta
me that today’s 10 year olds can never see the end of an epic (or most
any other) WS game…we are turning the next gen of fans into “casual
*Re: instant replay – starting with ALL postseason games, have an extra
ump in the booth who can look at replays that we all see and buzz down
to the crew chief when he needs to converse with the crew/overturn a
call. Doesnt have to take long. For the atrocious calls we saw this
past postseason, most of us laypeople could figure out within 2-3
minutes what went wrong. A pro ump wouldnt need even that long.
Ultimately expand to reg season games as well. Would be a great job
for recently retired umps…
*Have a 15-20-25 (whatever the right time is) second clock between
pitches. Exceeding it would be a balk. the amt of time between
pitches is ridiculous.
*Go back to just home and away uniforms. If you wanna have a different
BP jersey that’s fine. However, it bothers me when I turn on the TV
and cant figure out who I’m watching fairly immediately. I understand
that SOME people buy those obscure fifth jerseys that look like an
undeveloped negative of the real uniform…but again I think that for
short-term gain we are losing some basic identification with our teams.
If I were a Met fan, I’d expect to be able to describe what their
uniforms look like…I defy any Met fan to do so today for all
*Somehow, some way, reduce ticket prices!!!!! Esp in today’s economy,
we are pricing tomorrow’s fans out of the game. Sure, the “suits” go
to games on the company dime, but half of em arent paying attention
anyway. And the notion that I’m gonna pay a grand to see a Yankee reg
season game, even if I am sitting in a recliner 20 ft from the field,
being waited on, being fed grapes and having my feet massaged between
innings and God knows what other “amenities”, it’s just not worth it.
I’d love to hear reactions to John’s ideas – especially the suggestion about day games. Even though they’d start at 10 o’clock in the morning here on the East Coast, I’d still be in favor of them. It’s ridiculous that kids have to stay up past midnight to watch America’s pastime.