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Wednesday, December 04, 2019

How Can MLB Create Excitement Around the Winter Meetings?

The landmark event of the offseason is about to begin, but the landmark deals of the offseason don’t seem likely to take place during it. With the Winter Meetings kicking off in San Diego this Sunday, SI’s MLB crew takes a look at what the league could do to generate more excitement around the wintry baseball convention.

Wait- should we really have excitement break out during the Winter Meetings?

 

QLE Posted: December 04, 2019 at 10:18 PM | 18 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: bad ideas, winter meetings

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   1. catomi01 Posted: December 05, 2019 at 10:36 AM (#5905859)
The Winter Meetings are a fun time in person - I got to go down to Orlando for them about 12-13 years ago when I was job hunting. My uncle's company owned the Asheville tourists at the time and they were able to get me a pass into the trade show and other events. Outside of passing one in the lobby, you didn't really get to see many agents, players, or GM's, but I got to meet a bunch of writers and reporters (which was just as good for me as a 21 year old kid living and dying by what Baseball Prospectus said every day.)

Highlight of the whole weekend had to be one night after the meetings. My uncle and I were hanging out with the Asheville guys at one of the bars on the Disney Boardwalk...had a couple of drinks, but then when the waiter came around for food, my uncle wouldn't let me order and said we had other plans. Wasn't too happy at first, but we walked a little ways down to another restaurant. Turns out we were having dinner with Wayne Tolleson, who at the time was working for Centerplate (concessions company) as a VP of something...Centerplate was where my uncle had worked when he was younger. Again, fun stuff - Yankee fan who was a kid getting to eat with a guy I only knew as a baseball card...then while we were waiting though, the 4th guy of our party shows up - next thing I know I'm shaking hands with Brian Cashman...at that point I probably would have taken any job in baseball just to get nights like that.

As we're walking in Cashman gets a phone call, disappears and we don't see him again. Inside the restaurant though was still pretty cool - each table was basically a group of execs from one team or another...so all in all a fun night.
   2. Jose Goes to Absurd Lengths for 50K Posted: December 05, 2019 at 10:55 AM (#5905867)
Wait- should we really have excitement break out during the Winter Meetings?


I enjoy a good hot stove rumor as much as the next guy but I'm on board with this. Basically the whining from the media about the lack of activity is "oh no my job is harder than it used to be" and they are terrified that their benefactors at newspapers and networks will realize how much money they are wasting sending these folks to San Diego in December.
   3. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: December 05, 2019 at 10:58 AM (#5905869)
Wait- should we really have excitement break out during the Winter Meetings?


Journalists want "excitement," by which they mean stories that are easy to write and are on interesting topics. That's why they love stories about Manfred considering adding an extra base or whatever. It makes for good water cooler fodder. Nobody else ought to really care.
   4. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: December 05, 2019 at 11:12 AM (#5905873)
I sympathize with the writers and want them to continue to exist. These events produce good journalism which dries up if nothing important is happening. You can say "the writers want their jobs to be easy" but frankly team officials have no obligation to ever talk to the media in the internet age, and fewer of them do every year because they can get their own boring and one-sided message out whenever they want. If there's nobody with a press pass around when things are happening, most likely it'll never get out. There aren't that many professional journalists and they do what they can.

My impression was that the lack of excitement is because now every team except the Braves waits until February to make all their signings. They never generate a lot of news about rule changes or whatever else happens there other than transactions.
   5. cookiedabookie Posted: December 05, 2019 at 11:15 AM (#5905874)
I like two ideas here, and wouldn't mind if they combine them - set the start of the winter meetings as when you can sign free agents, and set the end of the winter meetings as the offseason trade deadline (you cannot trade again until opening day). I'd add to those suggestions that players receiving a QO have until the start of the winter meetings to accept the QO.
   6. Ziggy is done with Dominican discotheques Posted: December 05, 2019 at 11:26 AM (#5905879)
Guys, there are lots of ways to make an old franchise exciting. Killing off a beloved character is probably the best-known, but I assume that's a no-go in this context. (And sometimes comes off as a cheap gimmick, ala Superman's death.) Characters getting married is also good, or at least introduce rumors to that effect: "Cashman and Boras were at dinner the other night, and were spotted sharing a flourless chocolate torte - are they ready to tie the knot??" Finally, new characters are a good way to spice things up. This is where Steve Cohen comes in. They should give him a skateboard, and whenever he's not around one of the other characters should say "where's Steven Cohen?"
   7. Tom Nawrocki Posted: December 05, 2019 at 11:44 AM (#5905890)
New Padres general manager: Ariana Grande.
   8. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: December 05, 2019 at 11:50 AM (#5905894)
The NBA generates a lot of buzz in its offseason with a short FA window. That used to happen with baseball, with a lot of signings and trades happening at the winter meetings. The union would never go along with this, but I think they should make the winter meetings later and make it a deadline for signing multi-year deals.
   9. Nasty Nate Posted: December 05, 2019 at 11:58 AM (#5905901)
The NBA generates a lot of buzz in its offseason with a short FA window. That used to happen with baseball, with a lot of signings and trades happening at the winter meetings. The union would never go along with this, but I think they should make the winter meetings later and make it a deadline for signing multi-year deals.
Why? Just for the buzz?

Leave the buzz for the bees, I want the honey.
   10. Walt Davis Posted: December 05, 2019 at 12:49 PM (#5905935)
New Padres general manager: Ariana Grande.

Has to be better than Preller, amirite?
   11. Zonk didn't order a hit on an ambassador Posted: December 05, 2019 at 12:59 PM (#5905943)
By most accounts, Theo is running around with his pants down after freebasing mustradesomeonemeth... what more excitement do you need?
   12. bads85 Posted: December 05, 2019 at 01:53 PM (#5905972)
Announce that you want to contract 42 minor league team for starters.
   13. Jeff Francoeur's OPS Posted: December 05, 2019 at 02:41 PM (#5905988)
Hold a trial for the Astros with Manfred presiding.
   14. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: December 05, 2019 at 02:52 PM (#5905992)
Maybe LaRussa could put his law degree to use.
   15. Nasty Nate Posted: December 05, 2019 at 03:02 PM (#5905996)
Bang the gavel once when a curveball question will be coming to the witness
   16. QLE Posted: December 05, 2019 at 05:48 PM (#5906083)
Can the barristers and judges be attired in the British style, complete with wigs?
   17. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: December 05, 2019 at 05:59 PM (#5906085)
Everyone will wear Bud Selig wigs.
   18. PreservedFish Posted: December 05, 2019 at 08:38 PM (#5906108)
with Manfred presiding

Seems like a missed opportunity to debut the robo-ump.

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