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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

MLB, Not the NBA, Needs Its Own Separate In-Season Tournament

I’m surprised the powers that be haven’t kicked the tires on this yet (though I’m far from the first person to pitch it). You would think Rob Manfred would take an easy win anywhere he could get one right now. And it really is just that, at least from the fan’s perspective.

Implementing a cup competition would open up the possibility of seeing the game’s prospects in MLB parks, playing against MLB players, and help start their hype train when they’re usually out of sight and out of mind for the casual fan. Conversely, it would bring MLB teams to iconic minor league parks. Imagine, say, a matchup between the Boston Red Sox and Durham Bulls at Durham Bulls Athletic Park, home of the Blue Monster. The novelty factor of seeing the sport’s biggest stars play at some of the nation’s coziest minor league venues may be even more entertaining, as we saw with last year’s Field of Dreams game.

Speaking of that, how about having the newly constructed Field of Dreams stadium serve as the location for the championship game? That beauty should be used by MLB more than once per year. If we really wanna get crazy with it, the competition could include independent clubs and the Savannah Bananas. Imagine Shohei Ohtani playing Banana Ball! Even the random draw to determine matchups could be an event for fans to tune into on MLB Network. Let Portland Pickles mascot Dillon T. Pickle announce the results! (Teams would be blocked from playing against their minor league affiliates.)


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 18, 2022 at 05:24 PM | 12 comment(s)
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