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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Jeremy Guthrie: Let’s Make International Baseball Awesome

Step 1: Use the World Cup as the model
The World Baseball Classic is great, but who wouldn’t want to see it go to the next level and approach the hype of soccer’s World Cup? Right now, the WBC takes place in March during spring training, so the best players in the world have a bunch of easy (and good) excuses for why they can’t participate. As commissioner of MLB, I want to grow the game globally by showcasing the sport and giving players from around the world the chance to compete against the best talent. The only way to do that is to give the world a reason to stop what they’re doing for a week-and-a-half and watch the absolute best of the best compete at the highest level.

So we’re moving the tournament to July when everyone is in peak form. Once every four years, we’ll substitute the traditional All-Star week for the World Cup of Baseball. Just like the NHL does for the Olympics, we’re putting the season on a very slight hold. I can hear the complaints already, “But that’s too long of a break! What am I going to do?” Here’s an idea: Take batting practice. Play catch with your kid. Take a SUMMER vacation. Do whatever you want. You’ve been playing baseball every day for five months straight. You could use a break.

Once every four years, we’ll substitute the traditional All-Star week for the World Cup of Baseball.

My proposal requires only nine days. Like the soccer World Cup, we’ll select one host country for every tournament. To make things more competitive, we’ll narrow down the WBC field from 16 teams to eight through pre-qualifying rounds during spring training (if Australia or Italy doesn’t make it, it’s just more incentive for them to qualify for the next World Cup). When the action picks up in July, we’ll play traditional round-robin groups to get us to a Final Four. The semis will be single elimination, but the Finals will be a best-of-three series. This will give the Finals more of a traditional baseball feel with a series, versus a single game to decide a World Champion.

 


Tuesday, January 06, 2015

One Royals player has a plan to fix the Hall of Fame voting process

This year, voters have tweeted or written stories about the difficulty of choosing just 10 candidates. Among the 17 new players on the ballot are Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz.

Among the players who are on the ballot again are Craig Biggio, Tim Raines, Roger Clemens, Jeff Bagwell, Barry Bonds, Mike Piazza and Mark McGwire.

You can see the dilemma some people might have. Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie has a plan to help out the writers. Guthrie tweeted his idea to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.

Guthrie’s plan is if a player is voted in one year, that vote would carry over for as long as he’s eligible to be on the ballot.

But what if a writer wants to rescind a vote in the future? Guthrie has that covered, too.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 06, 2015 at 10:18 AM | 20 comment(s)
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