I suppose it might be the dream of many fans of baseball……but here’s what I would do given the chance to be Baseball’s Commissioner for a day…..
irst and foremost, I would modify the expansion of rosters rule that comes about every season on September 1. The rule change would be simple. Call up as many as you like (up to 40), but you can only suit up 28 who are eligible to play on any given day. The three extra players would still give managers the opportunity to rest fatigued or injured regulars. Plus, the rule change would pick up the pace of games with managers not having a stock of relievers to call on. Managers and GM’s will pout saying that’s the only chance they have to look at the progress made by their pool of young talent. Well fine then, suit ‘ em up and let ‘ em play.
The next one is a little trickier but a strong Commissioner could make it happen. Let’s go back to the 154 game schedule so the World Series is completed by the middle of October. If you’ve ever held a bat in your hands or a slippery (no humidity) ball in 40 degree weather with an accompanying wind, you’ll know what I mean when I say No Mas! Sure, the owners will complain about the loss of revenue (8 games) – but it’s really only four home games. They can suck it up and buy one less winter getaway home next year. Besides, as much as I love the game it really is a long long season. And generally, players and especially pitchers are worn down and mentally fatigued after 162+ games including the playoffs.
The next one is an idea put forward by MLB Network analyst Harold Reynolds. He wants to see the 20 second between pitches rule strictly enforced as a way of speeding up the pace of the game. Even though there is no game clock in baseball like there is in football (where the clock continues to run when there is no action on the field??), baseball can be tediously slow especially when managers go to the bullpen (by the way, that’s another thing that needs to change….any reliever coming into the game must face a minimum of two batters)……and Reynolds adds a interesting touch to his proposal……the rule would NOT be in effect for the eighth and ninth inning when the game is often on the line. Makes sense to me…….
Finally, here’s something I would slam the door on hard and fast. There’s been a lot of talk about moving the World Series to a neutral warm weather site a la most Super Bowls. This only serves to demonstrate that MLB knows they have a problem playing baseball (potentially) in November. But beyond that can you imagine the Cubs finally getting to play in a World Series and NOT having any games played at Wrigley where fans have waited numerous decades to see baseball in October? Case closed.
So, join and leave a comment……what would you do as Commissioner For A Day…….