(10-20-2012 12:52 PM)mffpatrick Wrote: They like the money it creates at the the end of the season and during the playoffs. I'd like to see this:
No inter-league play
Just the two leagues, no divisions....old school baseball.
Top two teams play in the world series, no playoffs unless teams are tied at the top of their league.
Salary Cap plus profit sharing so every team has the ability to get any player.
Front office people will only win if they know what they are doing, not because they have deep pockets.
How would the Yankees finish if this were the case?
(10-22-2012 11:34 PM)spazmatastic Wrote: What???
The Yankees would have faced the Nationals in the WS (in your scenario) AND lost anyway. If the old school rules were in place, the Nats would not have sat Strasburg and he would've gotten 2 starts against NYY, IF they could hang in for more than 4 games.
(10-23-2012 04:45 AM)fulltritty Wrote: Your logic doesn't work here as the Yankees were not playing bad down the stretch and were actually hitting and winning games. It was in the long playoffs with multiple rain delays and long series with little to no off days that the Yankees collapsed. During the regular season matchup, the Yankees swept the Nats including the game Strasburg pitched; he wound up with a no decision. The Nats also don't have any historical Yankee killers like the Tigers with Young. I think the Yankees would have won that World Series against the Nats in that scenario; especially the way Gio reverted back to his Oakland ways and imploded.
(10-23-2012 05:21 AM)DrMitchJ Wrote: Inter-league play sucks and it dilutes the importance/uniqueness of the All-Star game and the World Series itself. Getting to see Mantle vs. Gibson or Koufax for the first time ... Wow, it was special.
Having 3 divisions per league isn't that bad. It keeps teams from having a "fire sale" before July. But the team with the best record in each league should get to play against the winner between the 2 weaker teams in the other divisions thus assuring that the "best" team gets to play for the League pennant. No more wild cards, IMO.
I never liked a salary cap or profit sharing component to any team. I am a little more radical about player payment. I think all players should have a base salary of 1 million dollars. Done! The rest of the pay comes from incentives. Hit 10 home runs get a 500k bonus, 20 home runs an extra million. win 10 games? Here's a million, win 20 here's another 2 million. Steal 10 bases, etc etc, etc. I think players should have incentives for remaining on their team when their contracts are up .. To reward fan loyalty and support. Likewise there should be some team incentive for bringing up Farm system players instead of trading for a quick fix. I prefer teams that bring up and keep their farm team prospects .... Build teams with more Franchise players, like Jeter for example.
I'll never convert a Yankee-hater into seeing "the light" but .... News flash ... EVERY team buys players and spends money, the Yankees aren't all that unique. Boston didn't buy their World Series (Ortiz, manny, josh, Lowell)?!?! The Cards and Phillies and Texas didn't go pitcher-shopping during the winter? C'mon! Actually, you can't argue that when Steinbrenner was alive, he was the best owner. Why? Because, He took his profits and re-invested into his team, unlike other owners who took their's into their pockets and gave back nothing to their supportive fan-base (can I say .... Cubs?)
Btw. .... I'm in awe with the A's this year! Even a team with a strick budget can acquire a key pick up like Cespedes ! Brilliant organization, making trades and bringing up talent, keeping salaries low and competing for a great rookie signing!
(10-26-2012 12:30 AM)spazmatastic Wrote: There are so many things you said that I agree or disagree with but I have limited time. I need to go to bed so I can go to work in about 6 hours. I may come back to talk about the rest of your post but I really wanted to post about one thing.
Of the Cardinals post-season lineup, most of them are 'farm team' players. They 'hired' Beltran to replace Pujols who was raised in the Cardinals 'farm'. They got Berkman b/c he was frustrated with being stuck in Houston who has a 'fire sale' EVERY July. They traded for Holliday a few years ago b/c he wasn't happy in Oakland and STL needed his bat. STL's entire infield (C, 1B, 2B, SS, 3B) are ALL farm team players and many of their pitchers are also farm-raised. Jon Jay in CF is a farm-raised player too. If you check it out, most of the Cardinals' postseason team were drafted by STL. Some of the Starting Pitchers weren't, but nearly the entire bullpen AND their closer were all trained in the Cardinals farm system.