Bud Selig is entertaining the notion of altering the playoff format to reduce the “advantage” afforded to the Wild Card winner. It’s an idea that I think has no merit whatsoever.
Here are some other ideas that I’m throwing into the ring that I think would have a much more dramatic effect on the game. I haven’t done much thinking about them other than writing them down, and though I like these ideas, few, if any, are original. I don’t know if they are fair or well-reasoned, and most, if not all, of them are unlikely to happen. I’m just curious what all you bright minds out there might think about them.
Realign to two divisions in each league, with the winner of each division playing the second finisher in the opposite division of that league in the first round of the playoffs.
Eliminate interleague play.
Outlaw plastic/composite body armor on the arms.
Two hit batsman in a game by a pitcher means an automatic ejection.
Umpires can not throw pitchers out of a game for throwing at a batter without hitting them (i.e., “intent”, or throwing behind after a warning).
Give the NL the DH or take it away from the AL. I prefer the former. Who wants to see any pitcher except Zambrano hit?
The best record gets home field in the WS. Screw that All-Star game foolishness.
Introduce instant replay for rulings on home runs, GRDs (especially on fan interference), official scoring of errors, and dropped-pitch third strikes that result in a base.
Expand the regular season roster to thirty players. Admittedly, this favors higher payroll teams, but it’s already proven that high payroll doesn’t equate to championships. I’m not fond of double-headers landing teams with depleted rosters.
Eliminate the September roster expansion.
Return the height of the mound to 15 inches.
Set a minimum team salary threshold.
Eliminate fan-based input into “official MLB” awards.
I’m eager to hear your responses.