Sport, interrupted

Given that baseball is now driven by massive egos and unbridled greed, I have an idea to save our national pastime. We could have a new league with the top spending teams like the Yankees and Rangers in one new division, the Braves and Dodgers in another.

Of course given their elite status, we would need new rules for this upper echelon league. Since it’s always about winning, not the money, only victories not losses would count. Also all the teams in the new league would automatically qualify for the playoffs, as none of their players want to play for losers. Naturally there would be no errors or other statistics that reflect badly on these superstars. Areas of concern would be where the fences are, the height of the pitching mound and the size of the strike zone. We wouldn’t want to upset the Roger Clemen’s nor ignore the Albert Belle’s.

A manager and coaches? No way. Running the team would be the top agent, assisted by the first base and third base agents, etc. This way the players could get the information they truly need these days: current stock market quotes so they can track their portfolios and the latest sponsorship contracts so they can stay on top of the outside income list, too.

As for the rest of the teams? Well, maybe we could allow a couple of the best to qualify for the playoffs along with the super teams. This is about the way it goes anyhow.

Some drawbacks would include the need to schedule travel. Many airports would be hard pressed to deal with the 25 private jets all leaving and arriving at the same time. Same with limos waiting at the airports, reservations for top floor suites at the best hotels. Nauturally first choice of landing and take off spots, best rooms etc. would all be determined by the highest contract.


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