Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Neutral site for WS.
Some non-radical people have suggested that the World Series be played at a neutral site in a dome on seven consecutive days. This because of the weather mess of the 2008 WS. The neutral site would not be needed if they implemented my recent suggestion: do not play on a wet field or when the temperature is below fifty degrees. Failing that the neutral site is not as nutty as it may seem at first, nor such a long shot. 1. We could have a special field on which the outfield fences are the same distance from home plate in all directions and the same height. This was in my very first post. 2. MLB would have an excuse to add more games because the final round, the World Series, would be weather-proof. The additional games could take these forms: A. First playoff round extended from five to seven games. B. Add a playoff round. C. Lengthen the regular season. D. Extend the WS from seven to nine games; four WS were best of nine: 1907, 1919, 1920, 1921; MLB could claim that it was returning to its roots. All four of these forms of additional games could be implemented, either one at a time or all at once. Playing the WS on seven consecutive days would be more like the regular season when there are few off days much less two in nine days.