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3 Godfathers ~ Futterman, Barbarisi and Costa, on the run discover a dying game.
During the first two games of the World Series, the Journal’s baseball staff reached out to players, managers, broadcasters, executives and a pair of economists to ask them what sorts of reforms they’d suggest.
NBC broadcaster Bob Costas contributed three ideas. Former baseball commissioner Fay Vincent had a strong recommendation, as did incoming Florida Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen. New York Mets starting pitcher R.A. Dickey liked the idea so much he submitted a multipart proposal by phone, then called back later with revisions.
1. The 99-Game Limit
“I got a good one,” Ozzie Guillen said before Game 1 of the World Series. “I want a 99-game season.” Guillen said he knows this is a pipe dream. Baseball needs its 162-game-per-team schedule (which doesn’t include the postseason) to maximize its revenues from tickets and television rights. Nonetheless, Guillen might get something along these lines. A person familiar with talks between baseball’s owners and players’ union over a new labor deal said players would be willing to play more double-headers in order to get more days off. Might we suggest nine extra days of vacation?
7. No. 9 to Cooperstown
Baseball still hasn’t come to terms with its steroids era and hasn’t told fans what to make of the records of the sluggers who may have taken them. Costas says putting former New York Yankee Roger Maris in the Hall of Fame might go a long way toward clarifying who the real home-run champion ought to be. Maris held the record for 37 years before it was broken by Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa. “I used to feel differently about this but I’ve changed,” he said.
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