In some sense I already can't wait, but in another sense, I don't want next season to come because of the new structure starting up (then really taking shape in 2013).
So... I hear Philly is getting Papelbon. Another stronghold in their impenetrable pitching staff. The MIAMI Marlins are looking to sign some big names like Albert Pujols and Jose Reyes to go along with their new ballpark, new name, new image, etc. By the way, what do you think?
I think it's hideous. I also think that by the 2013 or certainly by the 2014 season the Miami Marlins will go back to having pretty much the same pitiful attendance that the Florida Marlins had and this new stadium thing that the people of Miami were swindled into building at their cost will be exposed for the waste that it is. Team should have relocated. Miami is not a prime baseball location.
I also hear Pujols will not sign with Miami and St. Louis is looking to resign him. I hope they do.
And as if the 1994 strike, interleague, looking the other way with regards to steroid use, the All-Star game tie, revenue sharing as a "fix" (hahaha) to the rich-poor disparity, re-alignment to three divisions and wild card, and blurring of the two major leagues by removing the two league presidencies all wasn't enough, Bud Selig goes ahead and does maybe his worst thing yet now, switching the Houston Astros to the American League, which in effect makes interleague a year-long event, and he makes a second wild card team in each league, further bastardizing the regular season and lessening its importance. Game 162 of the 2011 season was amazing and one of the most exciting nights of baseball ever, and now that kind of excitement will be abolished, ironically in an attempt to force it to happen every year. These things are an abomination, and his kind of send-off last big acts as commissioner since he is supposed to retire after this year. Don't let the door hit your ass on the way out, Bud.
I fear, though, that he and his successor will wind up getting rid of the two-league system altogether and making in effect one big league. And as part of that the NL teams would have to adopt the DH.
I honestly hate that man and what he has done to what I consider to be the greatest of sports.
Through him, the owners pretty much have a union, and the players have their union. Between those two always fighting and eventually getting their demands, the only ones left out are the millions of fans, the ones that really make it all possible. We've really been getting screwed over for years. I think there ought to be some sort of a fan board or something, a board of people representing fan interest, that is as powerful in negotiations as the owners and the player's association. Baseball has been too self-serving the last two decades.
We need Bob Costas as commissioner.
Edited by DirtyDeeds, 31 August 2014 - 08:04 AM.