On Sunday, Jan. 25, Robert D. Manfred Jr. will officially become baseball’s 10th commissioner. We thought it would be nice to commemorate his taking the mantle of baseball’s most public figurehead with some advice. So, for the next 10 (business) days here at The Hardball Times, we’re going to be running a series of posts. The theme of it is simple — 10 things we hope baseball improves upon under its 10th commissioner.
Now, obviously being commissioner won’t give Manfred carte blanche to enact whatever change he wants. But he’ll have more say than most, and so we thought now would be a good time to throw in our two–or 10–cents. Alex Remington gets us started today with his recommendations for how to improve the user experience at the ballpark. That is just one in a wide-ranging set of topics we have in store, and in addition to our great staff of writers, we have some special guests lined up as well. I don’t want to spoil the surprises–mainly because I like surprises, and I hope that you will too. So check back with us each day! I’ll update this post with each link as it’s published, so you’ll have one spot you can come to in order to grab the whole series quickly.
- Jan. 12: How To Improve the User Experience, by Alex Remington
- Jan. 13: Turning Back the Clock, by Shane Tourtellotte
- Jan. 14: End the Blackouts, by Nathaniel Grow
- Jan. 15: PEDs – From Savior to Villain and Back Again?, by Dustin Parkes
- Jan. 16: Major League Baseball Needs to Expand, by Jeff Zimmerman
- Jan. 19: Minor League Wages and the New Comissioner, by Jack Moore
- Jan. 20: Give a Little, Get a Little, MLB Owners, by Grant Brisbee
- Jan. 21: MLB Doesn’t Fit in the Mainstream — and That’s Okay, by Miles Wray
- Jan. 22: Hall of Fame Voting Needs Fixing from New Commish, by Chad Finn
- Jan. 23: MLB Must Maintain Its Minority Hiring Advances, by David Brown