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Posted on: January 11, 2011 6:08 pm

Improving Baseball (A Letter to Selig)

Dear Mr. Bud Selig.

I have many ideas on how to improve baseball. My suggestions will make baseball more fun for the fans who watch and attend baseball games, more competitive for teams, and provide better opportunities for many players around the league! You may not receive this in good faith though if you consider hiring Joe Torre for President of Baseball Operations, which in my opinion is a horrible choice.

Here I give you 9 issues to take to the plate.

Issue #1: Eliminate the East Coast Bias.

If you draw a line down the center of the country, you will find 22 teams on the eastern part of the United States and a mere 8 teams on the west coast. I propose the solution to this is EXPANSION. The following areas I recommend should have a baseball team:
  1. Sat Lake City, Utah
  2. Portland, Oregon
  3. Des Moines, Iowa
  4. Yellowstone, Montana
  5. Las Vegas, Nevada
  6. Mexico (yes the country)
  7. Tulsa, Oklahoma
These 7 areas should have a Major League Baseball team in their state, or Country. There should also be 4 divisions, which brings me to Issue #2.

Issue #2: Realignment
This offseason we all witnessed the Tampa Bay Rays team get completely dismantled thanks to free agency. I ask myself why is the Rays, a small-market team, in the AL East where they will never win a championship if they are unable to retain the cose of their team longer than 5 seasons?

Solution? The Tampa Bay Rays need to go to the National League East and the N.Y. Mets need to go to the American League East. Yes allow the big money markets to do battle with each other if there will be no salary cap. This may include dumping the Philadelphia Phillies and Detroit Tigers in the AL East as well and moving the Toronto Blue Jays and Pittsburgh Pirates to the National League East.

Now this brings up the next issue ...

Issue #3: Year-Round Interleague Play

It is time to catch up with the other major professional sports known as the NBA, NHL, and NFL where teams get an opportunity to face every team in the league. Some of us fans would love to see teams from the opposite league on the opposite side of the country come into town. If our team can take a trip to Cali to face the Dodgers and Giants, then why not have an extra series against the Angels or Athletics?

Issue #4: Eliminate the Designated Hitter

Notice I have not brought up a "salary cap" yet. Really baseball does not need one with the current revenue sharing in place. The elimination of the DH eliminates the need to pay a guy $10 million if he can't field his position anymore. Plus it aint baseball if the pitcher doesn't get a chance to bat or run the bases like everybody else has to.

Issue #5: Not Every Team Needs Representation

Since the All-Star game is now worth something -- winning league gets home field advantage -- how about we put the players who deserve to be there. In Issue #1 I suggested expansion which means not every team will be represented. Not every team needs to be represented anyway.

The All-Star Roster needs to consist of the best 30 guys in the game. Not a crippled DH who can't field his position. Not some random guy from 19-year loser a/k/a the Pittsburgh Pirates. We want the best and the game needs the best. Those teams who want to be represented have another option to be represented, it is called the homerun derby which really is MEANINGLESS to the game. Sure it is fun to watch, if you're a kid, but it no longer has the value it once had.

Issue #6: Shortened Season

Baseball should be shortened to 144 games. Teams should play just as many games against other divisions as they do against their own division, not double like the amount is currently. By shortening the season, sure stats will go down and players will seem overpaid, but aren't players being paid grossly for one thing -- to win championships? Yes they are and it is about time teams get their bang for their buck which brings me to how they do it.

Issue #7: Playoff Expansion

I proposed 4 divisions in Issue #1, and #2. With 4 divisions, let there be 4 division winners and 4 wild card teams. This become spossible with a shortened season. The format becomes similar to that of the NBAs old format where the first round is best of 3, and each round after is a best of 7.

Issue #8: Penalties Based on Precedent

MLB needs to set penalties that every team will be aware of. If a player goes on a rampage such as what Nyjer Morgan did last season then he needs to be suspended appropriately. Players who charge the mound need to know they will be suspended 3 games with no appeal. What is there to appeal really? The act was committed and it embarassed baseball and your team mates in front of millions.

There also needs to be penalties issued to Major League Teams. The Florida Marlins 2 years ago got hit by the MLBPA for failing to use revenue sharing money to sign ballplayers. As a result they got put on probation and could lose draft picks. This offseason and last they were forced to spend. Now here is the question, what about those other teams? The Minnesota Twins, Oakland Athletics, Pittsburgh Pirates, Tampa Bay Rays, and Kansas City Royals. When are they going to be penalized for not spending?


We need more of it. We need it for questionable calls on balls hit down the line, foul-tip pitches rules as no-tip wild pitches causing a runner to advance, runners thrown out while stealing, runners thrown at at first base, and trapped-ball catches.

Sincerely yours,
The Don Rey
Category: MLB
Tags: Bud Selig, MLB
Posted on: May 8, 2010 6:47 pm
Edited on: May 8, 2010 6:50 pm

Places to Go

And I am going there for the third straight year now?

Will Fredi Gonzalez FINALLY get fired this year? I would take Jeff Torborg back over this guy. At least Torborg knew how to not use Vic Darensbourg that crapty lefty that came in scared. Now the Marlins have the third coming of Richie Lewis.

Richie Lewis resurrected himself as Vic, Darensbourg, and has returned as Renyel Pinto. You're not fooling me Richie!

Category: MLB
Posted on: December 16, 2009 9:22 pm

Baseball Does Not Need A Salary Cap

To Hell with a salary cap. I think we should realign divisions based on team payrolls.

AL Division 1:
N.Y. Yankees
Boston Red Sox
Detroit Tigers
Los Angeles Angels

AL Division 2:
Seattle Mariners
Chicago White Sox
Cleveland Indians
Toronto Blue Jays
Kansas City Royals

AL Division 3:
Texas Rangers
Baltimore Orioles
Minnesota Twins
Tampa Bay Rays
Oakland Athletics

NL Division 1:
N.Y. Mets
Chicago Cubs
Philadelphia Phillies
Houston Astros
LosAngeles Dodgers

NL Division 2:
Atlanta Braves
St. Louis Cardinals
Sa Francisco Giants
Milwakee Brewers
Colorado Rockies
Arizona Diamondbacks

NL Division 3:
Cincinatti Reds
Washington Nationals
Pittsburg Pirates
San Diego Padres
Florida Marlins

The divisions could then be realigned every season. It gives every team a shot at making the playoffs and drawing fans com October. And we all know when October comes around if a couple pitchers or hitters get real hot anybody could win this thing.
Posted on: October 13, 2009 8:49 pm

MLB Second Round Predictions

The first round to me was not so hard to predict in my last blog . Teams like the Twins, Rockies, and Cardinals were fortunate to have unbalanced and favorable schedules, and play in weak divisions. The Red Sox have no passion, no team chemistry, and just are not that good without Manny Ramirez in that lineup.

So anyways, moving on to the next round.

Yankees vs. Angels   ANGELS IN 6.

Phillies vs. Dodgers   DODGERS IN 7

I would like to see the Phillies win the whole thing to represent that NL East division, but somehting tells me that backend of the bullpen is going to exproad. No not explode, EXPROAD!

And yes I'm seeing this Angels team going to the World Series like it is 2002 all over again.

My prediction is an all L.A. Series, Dodgers vs Angels.

Good Luck Fellas.
Posted on: October 4, 2009 7:16 pm

End of Season Smack Talk

Early Season Predictions

So how about those Mets! Am I a genius for my early season predictions on the NL East or did I come upon dumb luck?

NL EAST: 5/5


NL WEST: 1/5

AL EAST: 0/5


AL WEST: 2/4

TOTAL: 12/30. 40% Correct

Season Awards

My picks on who should win what.

AL Cy Young

Winner : Justin Verlander

2nd place: Zack Greinke

3rd pace: Felix Hernandez


NL Cy Young

Winner : Tim Lincecum

2nd place:  Adam Wainwright

3rd pace: Matt Cain


Winner : Joe Mauer

2nd place: Ian Kinsler

3rd pace: Miguel Cabrera


Winner : Ryan Howard

2nd place: Albert Pujols

3rd pace: Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez (TIE)

AL Rookie of the Year

Winner : Elvis Andrus

2nd place: Gordon Beckham

3rd pace: Rick Porcello

NL Rookie of the Year

Winner : Chris Coghlan

2nd place: Tommy Hanson

3rd pace: Dexter Fowler and Colby Rasmus (TIE)

Playoff Predictions. UH OHHHHHHHH

1st Round

American League

(PENDING ) Yankees vs Tigers. YANKEES IN 5

(PENDING ) Yankees vs Twins. YANKEES IN 4

Red Sox vs Angels. ANGELS in 4

National League

Phillies vs Rockies. PHILLIES in 3

Cardinals vs Dodgers. DODGERS in 4

Posted on: March 25, 2009 11:44 pm
Edited on: April 1, 2009 6:10 pm

Season Predictions

 National League East

  1. Philadelphia Phillies
  2. Florida Marlins
  3. Atlanta Braves
  4. N.Y. Mets
  5. Washington Nationals

National League Central

  1. St. Louis Cardinals
  2. Cincinnatti Reds
  3. Houston Astros
  4. Chicago Cubs
  5. Milwakee Brewers
  6. Pittsburg Pirates

National League West

  1. Arizona Diamondbacks
  2. San Francisco Giants
  3. Los Angeles Dodgers
  4. San Diego Padres
  5. Colorado Rockies

American League East

  1. Tampa Bay Rays
  2. N.Y. Yankees
  3. Boston Red Sox
  4. Baltimore Orioles
  5. Toronto Blue Jays

American League Central

  1. Kansas City Royals
  2. Minnesota Twins
  3. Chicago White Sox
  4. Cleveland Indians
  5. Detroit Tigers

American League West

  1. Anaheim Angels
  2. Texas Rangers
  3. Oakland Athletics
  4. Seattle Mariners


Category: MLB
Tags: MLB, Predictions
Posted on: September 4, 2008 10:57 pm
Edited on: September 4, 2008 11:02 pm

My Bold Predictions

At this point you can pretty much see that the Cubs and Brewers are pretty much sure locks to make the playoffs, assuming they don't fall into a total collapse, such as the Marlins did in the past month.

Cubs, Brewers, and Diamondbacks look to make the playoffs and then there is the Mets and Phillies battling for the East. Phillies have been playing like they don't want to make the playoffs, but they might not have a say about it when the Mets have to face a Marlins team that has given them problems all year.

My bold prediction #1. Cubs versus the Diamondbacks in the first round will determine who represents the National League in the World Series. If the Cubs get by the D'Backs it should be fair game as long as some unknown dark horse pitcher doesn't step up to dominate a series. The Mets or Phillies, whoever wins the NL East has their pitching problems. Phillies have Cole Hamels, but the rest of their rotation is generally weak and not even in the caliber of Ted Lilly or Jason Marquis. The Mets have 7-inning Johan Santana, Mike Pelfrey who struggles against good teams, and a bullpen that is very erratic.

The Diamondbacks as I have preached all year has the best pitching rotation in the National League, and at this point maybe even in the Major Leagues. Brandon Webb, Dan Haren, Randy Johnson, Doug Davis, and the sudden emergence of a former elite Mets prospect by the name of Yusmeiro Petit. I've found my dark horse here in Arizona and his name is Yusmeiro Petit, not to be confused with HGH user Andy Pettitte. RJ has been here before and Webb-Haren can pitch against any lineup of monsters you throw at them.

Pick For NL Representative: Arizona Diamondbacks


For the American League we should see the war of baseball between the Anaheim Angels and Tampa Bay Rays. This just might be the first playoffs we have seen in a long time where there is no Red Sox or Yankees. Wow! If the Twins can pull off a good final month they just might make it in.

The Rays have silenced doubters all season long and fought through so many injuries and suspensions along with the majors longest losing streak of the season. Are they that good or just plain lucky? I gotta believe, yes they are that good, but are they good enough to beat the Angels?

Pick For AL Representative: Anaheim Angels


NL MVP Chase (Bold Prediction #2)

Carlos Lee and Lance Berkman has had outstanding stats all year, but not until late in the season did the Astros finally start to make a push for a wild card bid. Pitching has been bad all year in Houston and the offense has been silenced before while Lee and Berkman have crushed the ball in many meaningless games. Sadly, their monster seasons have been irrelevant most of the year.

Hanley is an incredibly good offensive player, but is just bad defensively and actually has cost the Marlins more games then even Dan Uggla. Uggla is the true Marlins MVP, but certainly not good enough to be MVP of the National League. Chase Utley plays in shrinky dinky homer friendly Philly and just like back when we saw balls fly out of Coors field so easily, we see them in Philly. People are starting to notice.

Manny has been Manny once again and he just might be the NL MVP. Hell, I'm even suggesting that if C.C. is to be considered then so should Man-Ram. Now there is 2 unknown commodities that have been consistently good all season and have actually contributed to a winning cause. Their names are Ryan J. Braun of the Brewers and David Wright of the Mets.

NL MVP Pick: Brewers Ryan Braun


No American League player stands out more then Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee. One should be the Cy Young winner, the other the MVP, or maybe they can co-share both awards. Sadly both guys won't make the playoffs. People say Hamilton isn't the best player in Texas even though he is the feel good inspirational story of the year and also the team captain there. Hamilton is a pretty darn good player though from what I've seen.

Alex Rodriguez has been booed and booed and booed and booed. And still people ask Joe Girardi, who would you rather have? An entire Marlins team for 23 Million or Alex Rodriguez?

AL MVP Pick: Rangers Josh Hamilton


Bold Prediction #3

This really isn't all that bold when it comes to pitching. Some guys feast on bad teams and some guys feast on steak. Tim Lincecum and Brandon Webb feast on the NL West. Maybe the NL West is better then we realize. Maybe it is just that with pitchers like Brandon Webb, Dan Haren, Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Chad Billingsley and a few others, it is the hitters that are being made look bad by great pitching. In theory, this is possible.

Now in the NL Central you have C.C. Sabathia who feasts on steak, beans, and even bad teams. We all are like ooohhh and ahhh at the success C.C. has had in the NL, but really who has he faced that is good? The Cubs? Yes and they lit him up through 6 innings. After that his resume of wins come against the Rockies, Padres, Nationals, Pirates, Reds, Giants, Cardinals and Astros. Only the last two have winning records.

NL Cy Young Pick: Giants Tim Lincecum and D'Backs Brandon Webb (Co-Winners)


The American League as I stated above is pretty much hands down. It is either Roy or Cliff. Take your pick. With some of my final fantasy picks I picked Cliff Lee as my last pick and picked him up off the trash heap in week 1. I had a haunch that Lee and Westbrook were healthy. They both showed good stuff at the end of last year and then were outright nasty in spring training. So I had to go with both. Sadly Westbrool is injured and Lee was a great choice.

AL Cy Young Pick: Indians Cliff Lee


Other Awards:

NL Comeback Player of the Year: Marlins 3B Jorge Cantu

AL Comeback Player of the Year: Rangers OF Josh Hamilton

NL Rookie of the Year: Cubs C Geovany Soto

AL Rookie of the Year: Tigers SP Armando Galarraga

NL Manager of the Year: Cardinals Tony Larussa

AL Manager of the Year: Rays Joe Maddon

Category: MLB
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