2017 Baseball Hall of Fame

Last year I wrote a lengthy post (link) explaining my approach to the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot. This year I will follow much the same approach, and I recommend reading the intro to that post before diving in below. While you’re at it, check out Ryan Thibodaux’s awesome ballot tracker (link), which he updates […]

MLB Realignment on Freakonomics

From Freakonomics: What proposed realignment changes seem to make the most sense from a competitive and economic standpoint for Major League Baseball? If you’ve read through the five-part series explaining my own realignment proposal, you know it’s fairly radical, but you also know it addresses several issues that are important to both fans and MLB […]

MLB’s Better Way Forward: Summary and Conclusions (Part 5)

This week, I have progressively rolled out a radical realignment proposal for Major League Baseball.  I love baseball as it is, but I can’t help but think there are ways to make it better.  This series represents the current fruit from that ongoing thought process. Summary – A Better Way Forward If you haven’t been […]

MLB’s Better Way Forward: Revenue Sharing (Part 4)

The last post outlined the competitive structure of the MLB League Championship, which I will simply call the League or “league play.”  In forming one 30-team championship format separate from the playoff structure, the concern is that teams out of the MLB Cup Elites tier will lose interest, destroying fan attendance and franchise profitability. Before […]

MLB’s Better Way Forward: MLB League Championship (Part 3)

The MLB League Championship should have a familiar feel.  The new wrinkle we’ve added with the MLB Cup, though, will force a shorter regular season, at least in number of games.  It will actually be longer in terms of the calendar, since the two competitions run concurrently. Scheduling This seems as appropriate a time as […]

MLB’s Better Way Forward: The MLB Cup (Part 2)

I’ll explain the MLB Cup next, since the League Championship follows a familiar structure.  This is a little different.  Taking a page out of the UEFA Champions League, the MLB Cup is a season-long competition that is based on the prior year’s league result. A “Group Stage” Teams are grouped into three tiers of ten […]