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Wednesday, December 03, 2008
“Put on a show!”Here's a transcript of an interview with Josh Hamilton on the Rangers' website. Almost all fluff and a heaping helping of Hamilton's religious stuff if you're into that kind of thing, but this caught my eye:
Hey Josh, How did it feel to hit 28 home runs in the home run derby?
Can't say I disagree, which means that they should probably tweak the Derby. Same logic applies to the All-Star Game itself too, by the way. I want to see a show. Let's scrap the "this time it counts" stuff and make some rules changes that encourage the best show above all else. For example, any rules, be they game-play rules or roster rules that prevent guys like Dan Uggla, as opposed to the real superstars, from deciding the game are something I'd really like to see. Off the top of my head that means getting rid of the every-team-must-have-a-representative rule, encouraging starters to play longer, and messing with the pitcher usage and substitution rules to optimize the game.
Any other suggestions? Yeah, I know the All-Star Game is like a gajillion months from now, but I'm cold, and I want to pretend it's July.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 4:42pm
Laurence Davison said...
I agree with tweaking the All Star Game to keep the real stars in as long as possible. And my agreement only increases when I think of the cutaway reaction shot of (say) Lou Pinella as NL All Star Manager Dusty Baker sends Carlos Zambrano out to pitch the ninth with his count already at 120…
Posted 12/03 at 05:58 PM
Craig Calcaterra said...
“And my agreement only increases when I think of the cutaway reaction shot of (say) Lou Pinella as NL All Star Manager Dusty Baker sends Carlos Zambrano out to pitch the ninth with his count already at 120…”
Preposterous of course, because that means either (a) the Reds won the pennant the previous year; or (b) someone else decided it was a good idea to give Dusty a job.
Never gonna happen.
Posted 12/03 at 06:03 PM
Jason @ IIATMS said...
I want Fehr and Selig to have a sprint around the bases. Winner gets to Roseboro the other.
Posted 12/03 at 06:09 PM
Jason @ IIATMS said...
*shoot me. Marichal the other. I’ve been in spreadsheet hell. My bad
Posted 12/03 at 06:10 PM
Mike Mariano said...
I think it would be fun if the entire format of the all-star game was changed to increase the competition between the players. My idea would be to have the game between baseball’s Next Generation (guys in atmost their third (maybe fourth) year of service time) versus the Veterans (everybody else). I think this would work because it is one of the few true rivalries that still exists in today’s sports world. No matter how good an athlete you are there is always that fear of what’s next and this could really change the intensity of the game. The Game would lose the conference vs. conference aspect but with interleague play that doesn’t mean nearly as much anymore. We’re not going to see anybody derailing the catcher like Pete Rose back when the game really was important to the players. This will never happen because baseball is all about its traditions, but it’s fun to think about.
i made some possible rosters too:
Posted 12/03 at 07:54 PM
Jason Rosenberg said...
What about allowing players to come back into the game, after being taken out earlier? This way, if it’s close late, you bring the superstars back in to finish it out?
Hey, if we can do it beer-league softball…
Posted 12/04 at 10:30 AM
My All-Star improvement plan:
Posted 12/04 at 12:04 PM
I’m with Jason - use the substitution rules from college softball (and Little League, for that matter). You can pull your starters in the middle innings, then bring them back for the end of the game.
Posted 12/04 at 02:58 PM