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    #31
    Originally posted by HelloNewman View Post

    I'm always leery of any baseball playoff format that forces a team to sit on their haunches for several days waiting for an opponent. Which is what would happen to the bye teams here.

    I remember Paul O'Neill talking about the 1990 postseason, his take was that the reason his Reds were able to blitz the heavily favored A's was, Oakland dispatched the Red Sox in an easy sweep in the ALCS while the Reds went deep against Pittsburgh in the NLCS. By the time the A's took the field in the World Series, the rust was visible and the Reds never let them off the ropes.

    The same thing almost happened in 1996, the Yankees wrapped up with Baltimore early, the Braves went the full 7 with St. Louis, and then it rained. By the time the WS started the Yankees hadn't been on the field in something like a week, and those first few games, they were flat as a pancake.

    The 1996 Yankees were able to pull themselves out of it but the 1990 A's never did. If that sort of thing happens organically, well, those are the breaks. I don't think I like formatting it in, though.

    Edit: This is partly why I'm one of the few who likes the one and done aspect of the Wild Card round. Not only does it create a punishment for not winning the division, it means the division winners don't sit around for most of a week collecting dust.
    Yea, that’s fair. I still think a BYE is enough of an advantage to make it worth it for the top teams. You could also reduce the off time by getting rid of the extra day after the season ends for tie breakers (just use the tie breaker logic used to determine home field in ties), make all 3 games in the first series played at the team with the better record’s home field and make the 2nd and 3rd game if needed a doubleheader. This setup makes the top seeds even more valuable and the bottom seeds have a steep hill to climb which would help to offset crapshoot theory even more.

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      #32
      My top 4:

      1. Universal DH
      2. Shift ban/limitations
      3. Automated strike zone
      4. Higher luxury tax ceiling

      I'm relatively indifferent about the other proposed changes except for expanding the playoffs which I absolutely hate, ergo I expect that is the first change that will be announced when the lockout is over.
      David Ortiz tested positive for performance enhancing drugs in 2003.

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        #33
        I voted for removal of the 3-batter rule.

        In addition, I would remove the lead off runner on 2nd base at the start of extra innings
        and I would go back to playing a full 9 inning game in double headers.

        Lastly, I would make the DH universal.

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          #34
          Originally posted by gneissguy View Post
          I voted for removal of the 3-batter rule.

          In addition, I would remove the lead off runner on 2nd base at the start of extra innings
          and I would go back to playing a full 9 inning game in double headers.

          Lastly, I would make the DH universal.
          Yea totally missed including the Universal DH and removing the extra innings rules. I was limited in options I could include in the poll and I totally forgot about these mostly because I assume the Universal DH is all but a done deal and I probably didn't want to remember about the runner on 2nd rule given how badly the Yankees did with that one last year.

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            #35
            No luxury tax on contracts for home grown ballplayers

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              #36
              Originally posted by LarryAck View Post
              No luxury tax on contracts for home grown ballplayers
              An interesting suggestion, increasing the possibilities of retaining an organization's best young players.

              Is this being considered?

              Would it result in less extensions before hitting free agency?
              "Somebody once asked me if I ever went up to the plate trying to hit a home run. I said, 'Sure, every time.'" -- Mickey Mantle

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                #37
                I know what they shouldn't do, implement a time clock, get rid of umpires, automated strike zone, 3-batter rule for relievers. What they should do is eliminate the DH, only because the NL style of baseball is much more intriguing and strategical. Is that a word? Anyway, there's no doubt that replay has completely upset the true style and speed of baseball. It hasn't made the game better, and shifts have completely disrupted offensive numbers across the board. I just want baseball to go back to being baseball. I'm old school and very much a baseball purist. I'll give you one example, the 2000 WS, Yanks v Mets, Game 5 was on YES the other day. Al Leiter, pitching for the Mets, in the 9th inning, they took him out of the game, with two outs, he had thrown 142 pitches. You think Billy Martin, Sparky Anderson, Tommy Lasorda would last in this era of pitch counts and metrics? They would lose their freaking minds. - My 2 cents

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                  #38
                  Originally posted by ROMANLEGION View Post
                  I know what they shouldn't do, implement a time clock, get rid of umpires, automated strike zone, 3-batter rule for relievers. What they should do is eliminate the DH, only because the NL style of baseball is much more intriguing and strategical. Is that a word? Anyway, there's no doubt that replay has completely upset the true style and speed of baseball. It hasn't made the game better, and shifts have completely disrupted offensive numbers across the board. I just want baseball to go back to being baseball. I'm old school and very much a baseball purist. I'll give you one example, the 2000 WS, Yanks v Mets, Game 5 was on YES the other day. Al Leiter, pitching for the Mets, in the 9th inning, they took him out of the game, with two outs, he had thrown 142 pitches. You think Billy Martin, Sparky Anderson, Tommy Lasorda would last in this era of pitch counts and metrics? They would lose their freaking minds. - My 2 cents
                  You should have stopped after your first post. LOL.
                  Sometimes I feel like my sell by date expired yesterday.

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                    #39
                    Originally posted by LarryAck View Post
                    No luxury tax on contracts for home grown ballplayers
                    Interesting spin, I like it. Although I'd be surprised if they could get away with something like that which would be clearly targeted only towards helping the teams that could afford luxury tax spending anyway. You'd probably need to have something that all teams could take advantage of to keep homegrown players, but also have it be somewhat beneficial to the players.

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                      #40
                      Originally posted by primetime714 View Post

                      Interesting spin, I like it. Although I'd be surprised if they could get away with something like that which would be clearly targeted only towards helping the teams that could afford luxury tax spending anyway. You'd probably need to have something that all teams could take advantage of to keep homegrown players, but also have it be somewhat beneficial to the players.
                      Yeah, I don't see something like this getting any traction. NBA teams have advantages for signing and keeping homegrown players, but the league has a hard cap. Given that this would help a handful of wealthy teams, I can't see why the majority of owners would be interested.

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                        #41
                        I thought this is a good time to bump this thread up.

                        IMO, it's all about the players union "winning" these negotiations. Not significantly (which they obviously prefer), but nevertheless a clear cut victory. Baby steps taken.

                        My guess is the owners absolutely realize that public opinion must be that "the players won".

                        So IMO both sides should agree to two very key issues:

                        1. Bump up the minimum salary to about $650K, a nice compromise between the two sides, gradually getting up to about $800K over the next 5 years. Create a pool to pay the Super Two guys more.

                        2. Bump up the LT threshold to about $225K with small incremental increases over the next five years that gets it up to $250M. The % tax shouldn't start at 50%, as proposed by the owners.

                        The players can brag about the younger ones getting paid earlier & the older ones being paid well by the larger market teams. They can brag about walking away with more than they had. They can claim victory.
                        "Somebody once asked me if I ever went up to the plate trying to hit a home run. I said, 'Sure, every time.'" -- Mickey Mantle

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                          #42
                          Must haves:
                          Shift ban
                          Remove 3 batter rule
                          Remove ridiculous extra inning rule
                          Higher luxury tax threshold
                          Robot strike zone
                          Legalized tack
                          Unconditional release of Gary Sanchez

                          Should have, never will:
                          Leave playoffs alone
                          Contract 2 teams

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                            #43
                            I thought I'd hate the 3 batter rule but I like it now. It adds an element of strategy and the 1 batter specialists not only killed rallies/games/excitement, it really did suck watching for 30 minute long half-innings with 3 pitching changes.

                            Keep tack illegal. Pitching is too good and it's killing the game. It's driving batting approach to be all or nothing because it's near impossible to string together 3 singles in a single inning.

                            The shift is incentivizing upcoming batters to learn to use the whole field. I think it's long term good.

                            Roboumps, a boy can dream.
                            A fool and his money can throw one heck of a party!

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                              #44
                              Extra inning ghost runner rule and 7 inning doubleheaders must be dropped.

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                                #45
                                Originally posted by sjb23 View Post

                                An interesting suggestion, increasing the possibilities of retaining an organization's best young players.

                                Is this being considered?

                                Would it result in less extensions before hitting free agency?
                                It would really only benefit the top 5 or so teams. No other teams have LT issues.

                                They should remove injured and DFA players from LT calculations and/or have some sort of mandatory insurance on contracts over $100M. It cripples smaller teams for a decade when a small market team gets killed on a single bad signing.

                                Really, they need to strike some sort of compromise between 100% guaranteed contracts and at will. For players over $20M/yr, time on the 60 day DL and/or being DFA'ed results in 50% pay and 0% luxury tax (LT issue is coming from a Yankee fan lol).
                                A fool and his money can throw one heck of a party!

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