Home field advantage for the WS is determined by which team has the better record, so I'm fine with that. That change went into effect last year and is much better than having the winner of the All Star Game determine home field advantage for the Series.
Given the current state of the game -- with strikeouts...
Best answer: Home field advantage for the WS is determined by which team has the better record, so I'm fine with that. That change went into effect last year and is much better than having the winner of the All Star Game determine home field advantage for the Series.
Given the current state of the game -- with strikeouts exceeding hits -- I think we need to get rid of the DH. The DH was a great idea that has become outdated. These days hitters swing for the fences so there's a real need for hitters with skills rather than apes who swing from their heels. Let's make hitting an art form again.
Interleague play has to go. One of the great things about the ASG was that, other than spring training or the WS, it was the only time you'd see AL players go head-to-head against NL players. Interleague play ruined that. The leagues should remain separate entities who only meet in meaningless exhibition games or the World Series.
Speaking of meaningless, how about them umpires? The home plate ump is a joke because each one has their own strike zone. What's the point of defining the strike zone in the rules when the guys tasked with enforcing those rules make it up as they go? It's time for an automated strike zone because it's obvious that MLB has no intention of hiring competent umpires.
I'd also put a hard salary cap in place; set it at $170,000,000 and increase it 2.5% every 5 years. There are just 10 teams with payrolls higher than $170M but just 4 of them are legitimate contenders. That tells me that there are a lot of players out there who don't justify the money they're being paid. Higher salaries mean higher ticket prices which means fans can't afford to attend games without taking out a loan. A hard cap will also prevent teams from offering ridiculous contracts to players for what they accomplished in the past, usually with other teams. No major league player is worth $30M a year. Hell, they're not even worth $10M a year. It's time to get salaries under control.
On that note, on of the way players justify these ridiculous contracts is by saying that they were underpaid as young players. Just between you and me, I don't see how anyone making $507,000 for 8 months work can whine about being underpaid but let's stop the whining. Set the MLB minimum salary at $1,000,000 and force all teams to pay players in the minors a minimum of $50,000 a year. That way players receive more than fair compensation for their work and that takes away the argument that they deserve $30M a year because they weren't paid when they first turned pro. MLB owners can afford it and, if they can't let them (Derek Jeter) sell their teams.
Since some owners (Derek Jeter) seem determined to jettison players to increase their profits,let's put a rule in place that says a team must keep a player for the entire contract on any contract over 4 years in length. If an owner wants to give a player a 7-year contract then he's stuck with that player, for better or worse, for 7 years. No dumping him off to your former team because you want to put a little more money in your pocket.
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