MLB Mucking it all Up.

Welcome to the AL West.

So, one wild-card team per league isn’t enough for Bud Selig.  Can this guy retire already?  Go teach your classes.  I’m sure they’ll be thrilling.  How to ruin the All-Star and then Monumentally Over-Value it the Next Season 104, How to Sell Franchises to Broke People 230, Holding your Hand to Your Ear 421 (Seminar).  You get the idea.  Bud really wants to leave his mark on the game and that mark is going to be 15-team per league Inter-league cluster bang and 10 of 30 teams making the playoffs.  But…those 162 games count.  OK.

What’s the problem with 1 more wild-card?  It puts a premium on winning the division, but it also seems to add an even more arbitrary nature to the post-season.  If they’re adding games, why not just make the first round a best of seven?  If you look at this year, you would have been robbed the two big collapse stories.  Not that you want to dwell on the negative, but Boston and Atlanta still would have been in this year under the new rules.  Do they deserve to be rewarded for those finishes?  In 2009, you would have had Boston again (a 3rd place team in their own division) playing the Yankees (who beat them by 5.5 games over the 162-game season).  Is that fair if Boston wins that game?  In 2008, you have the same AL East scenario flipped.  In 2007, 2 teams would have tied for the NL’s 2nd spot (so there’s another game to wedge in), in 2006 you’d have the 83-win Phillies in the post-season.  You get my point?  Dilution.  This year we were whining about how the races were over in August and then you ended up with the best last day ever.

And, the 15/15 team leagues seems to be the first step in making the DH universal.  This is MY OWN PERSONAL NIGHTMARE.  I don’t know if it’ll change the amount of inter-league games, but they’ll be a constant and you’d have to think that NL teams would have to start making roster adjustments.  If that’s the case, is it even fair to have the two different sets of rules?

Anyway, I think baseball is missing the boat.  Exclusivity is what they had going for it to a certain extent, and now the opening portion of the playoffs will feel like the NCAA tournament.  Just for reference, the Astros move in 2013 and the playoffs may not change until then either.

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Speaking of missing the boat, I’m not sure why the Phillies seem intent on running the exact same team out there after they promised some type of change.  I’m speaking especially in terms of the bench as it looks like Brian Schneider is going to be back.  Schneider does that “handling the staff” thing well, but at this point in his career is a liability at the plate.  You throw him on a bench with Valdez/Martinez and suddenly you’ve got 3 guys who can’t really hit.  The Phils laud their defense and then complain about production.  It doesn’t make any sense.  And, the way Amaro is talking this week, you’ve just got to hope he’s lying.  He’s talking about everyone coming back, both middle infielders and Benny San Fran.  Well, there’s your bench.  Where’s the turnover coming from?

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10 thoughts on “MLB Mucking it all Up.

  1. not that I disagree but who would they sign? the other backup catcher they liked signed with LA. supply is kinda low out there it seems. I still think they will make some waves – Cuddyer will be a Phillie…and it’s only November. Look at me being all patient and rational…usually I’m the angry old man.

  2. I don’t know, Todd Pratt? Bobby Estalella?

    Just anyone but Schneider. He hit .176 last year! He’s 35. He has trouble staying healthy.

    I mean, one of those Pittsburgh guys, Dioner Navarro reclamation project?, it doesn’t have to be a free-agent. Move a middling prospect for someone..

    The Phils are so obsessed with defensive catchers, and I understand why, but Ruiz is good defensively. He’s going to catch 130 games (at least with Chuck) so why not have a little bit of offense for the other guy. I just can’t stand those days when Charlie decides to sit 3 regulars and it’s like OH MY GOD, when did Lehigh Valley come to town. It’s embarrassing.

    And, god forbid something happens to Ruiz. You can always get someone who can catch, if it came to that. The thought of Schneider on a semi-regular basis makes me ill.

    I’m not sure about Cuddyer either. He doesn’t seem too excited about coming here. And, I don’t think the Phillies are as excited about it as the media.

    I say Cuban or bust. Let’s roll the dice. Look at the box-jump on this mamma-jamma:

    the 7-minute mark.

    Pack your bags, Victorino!

  3. who the X made this EPIC video? wait, you must have made this 3-Putt, music has your taste all. over. it. he’d take Victorino’s place? i’m already nervous about spring training. Phils weren’t so stellar last March, but there was hope…I dunno, can they rebound from my already ominous pre-season.

    i think i need to see a sports-fan-psychologist.

    Q

  4. It is epic, isn’t it?

    guy’s a workout warrior.

    He’s an outfielder. Very slim chance the Phils shell out the cash for him.

  5. I think I’d rather have him on the Sixers than the Phils. no chance in hell they dish out the $100+ Mill it’s gonna take to get him. There were 150 scouts at his workout yesterday. It’ll be a bloodbath and we just blew all our loot on a cigar smoking alter ego-ed closer. Besides, Lance Berkman, John Kruk, and Babe Ruth all had the vertical of a one-legged white man and they will probably go down with better offensive stats than this clown.

  6. It’s definitely a Mamula video, but I think the guy can hit a little bit. I don’t think he’ll be a bust, but I guess that depends on how much money he gets. I can’t imagine 100 million.

    There’s definitely no chance that they do it, but how exciting would it be if they signed this guy and traded Victorino on the same day, Flyers style. Talk about some buzz and some life.

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