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You could still have the All-Star Game decide home-field advantage, as the last five games would be broken up, 2-2-1
"Why not take all of the metrics of that event and apply them to the World Series?”
having the first and/or second game of the World Series take place in a neutral setting. Set it up much like the MLB All-Star Game or the Super Bowl, thus creating a year’s worth of interest in an event that has become, in Boras’s opinion, “regionalized.”
The prelude to the game or games, Boras suggests, would be a gala, followed by a big ceremony where the Cy Young, MVP, and other awards would be part of a TV special in the host city. He calls it, baseball’s Oscars.
The neutral site is Montreal.
Neutral site, year's worth of buzz? And what if this neutral site (presumably chosen a year ahead of time in order to generate the "buzz") team makes it to the WS?
The neutral site is Montreal.
Cafardo has to stump for Pettitte now to legitimize his inevitable support for Papi's Hall-of-Fame candidacy.
I can see it now: the Cubs finally win a pennant, and are swept in the World Series without getting to play a game at Wrigley Field.
The logical conclusion of all this is to eliminate home games from major league baseball entirely, and play all 162 regular season games in a giant multi-stadium neutral site condominium resort complex in Arizona. Most people only watch the games on television anyhow.
So on my ballot, I voted for Clemens, Bonds, Sosa, and Piazza, as well as Craig Biggio, Alan Trammell, Jack Morris, and Tim Raines.
An Oscars style awards show would probably pull in the ratings. Get the top X finishers in each award to show up. Start with the minor awards like gold glove and silver slugger. Throw in each team's man of the year or whatever. Lead up to MVP awards.
How about Werner Herzog's neutral site in the jungles of South America?
Using game 7 at neutral site loses the advantage of game 1 at neutral site, which is you know where game 1 is regardless of who wins the LCS. With the possible travel day, whoever won the right to the first home game has a couple of days to get ready and out-of-town ticketholders for the losing one have time to cancel their hotel reservations.
Let's see: 4½ hours long. Tuneless production numbers. Clip necrology of the guys we've lost since the last show. Anne Hathaway. Explanatory videos about the finer points of baseball (Tim McCarver: "Do you know why it's called a four seam fastball?" Joe Morgan: "No, Tim.") Instead of Documentary Short Subject, you present an award for Minor League Groundskeeper.
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