Wednesday, March 4, 2009

How to make baseball more exciting...



I'm a big baseball fan, but I don't consider myself a baseball purist. I like the DH and interleague play, and I'm so tired of the steroid issue, that I'd say just open the gates and let players do whatever they want to really level the playing field.

That's why I don't feel bad opening the debate to a new concept that might make baseball more appealing in the late summer and early fall.

Open up the wild card spots to 5 PER LEAGUE instead of 1.

What???

Exactly. Right now, Major League Baseball is comprised of 30 teams and only 8 of those teams get to play in the playoffs, the 6 division winners and 2 wild cards. That's 4 AL teams and 4 NL teams. Pretty exclusive.

You can point to the NFL and say they only allow 12 teams, but remember, that's 4 division winners and 2 wild cards. So, the opportunity is pretty open. Plus, the NFL is different from the other sports in how the season runs its course, so I would look at that as the anomaly. However, look at basketball and hockey. 30 teams in each league. 16 teams make the playoffs. Top 8 in each conference (3 division winners, next 4 in rankings). Do you know what this breeds? Excitement in the final stretch of a season.

Take it from a Rangers fan who never sniffs the postseason. How much more exciting would it be in August if you knew that the Rangers were, rather than being 6 games out of the Wild Card, only 1 game out of the 8th final playoff spot? Wouldn't that make the games that much more exciting? Wouldn't the players feel like they were playing for something more than peanuts? Wouldn't that make fans want to go to the night games at the ball park to cheer their team into the postseason?

I look to basketball and hockey to see that the teams that are "right there" always put together these magical, Cinderella runs at the end of a season to push through to the playoffs and ride that wave because all it takes is to "get in" and then everyone comes back to 0-0 records. You're telling me that wouldn't work in baseball?

You can make the argument that they play twice the amount of games in the regular season, and each series is 7 games, it'd be too much. Okay, then don't make all the series 7 game series. Make the first two rounds 5 game series and the last two 7 game series.

Baseball is in trouble and is losing fans with all the scandals that are in place. Selig (who should be fired and crucified) needs to do something to a) reinvent baseball and b) reinvent his image. This could be the thing that can repackage the game into something that people get excited about beyond spring training and outside of the east coast.

4 comments:

j-bizzle said...

i'm in...also, add a tenth player to the defense. the sharp-shooter is allowed to shoot anybody trying to steal a base. kind of like the "gun line" from the movie "Life". you can't tell me that wouldn't make it more exciting!

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alright, so the idea of ball players not ever stealing a base makes the game less boring, but you KNOW there would be guys that would try. i just changed the reason people go to ball games! it's a primitive form of a real-life running man!

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i like brown's idea.

maybe somebody should shoot selig

Bear said...

Did you just decide to post three comments in one? Dont you have physics exam or something to study study for? Haha

Brown said...

hey, dingleberry, he's the only person who seems to comment regularly around here anymore.

get to commenting more frequently to take pot shots, or shut your pretty little whore mouth.

j-bizzle said...

i comment because i care....aaaand because i don't have a job to keep me busy when i'm not hangin' out with my favorite demographic on campus

no tests for about a month, snuggles.