I don't know how I could state this any more simply or directly. There should be no trades during the season. Put another way: trading should end the day before opening day. Trading may begin again during the next off season. The more anal among you may try to parse some ambiguity in this but there is none. No trades during the season.
Constitutional amendments for team sports. Friday, June 8, 2012
Team sports really means baseball, football and basketball, the only sports that count.
Why constitutional amendments? Obviously, the dominant professional organizations (MLB, NFL, NBA) have not understood the urgent need for fundamental reform. Constitutional amendments will provide the much needed framework for the reforms. The professional leagues will then need to change their rules to conform...
3. No trades during the season.
No trades during the season. Constitutional amendment 3. Friday, August 30, 2013
Aside from any tactical considerations trades during the season undermine the integrity of the game, yes, much more than use of performance enhancing drugs (PED)...
The clown rules that seem to provide incentive for teams substantially changing their roster should be changed or eliminated.
Integrity of the game undermined by trades during the season. Friday, August 1, 2014
Pulled during a game and the incident was shown on the MLB Network. And while the body counts mounted the media people and former players mindlessly continued to handicap the trade deadline moves without considering the fundamental implications of trades made during the season...
The issue is not whether any of these moves are good for the team in the short or long term. The issue is the integrity of the game...
Boston has obviously given up on the 2014 season. Since the start of the wild card tournament system in 1996 the only previous champion to sell off players during the next season was the Marlins after both 1997 and 2003. Boston is the first established team to do so. What a disgrace.
Maybe Cubs fans expected as much this season but how many Red Sox fans bought season tickets and expected to see their star pitcher, Jon Lester, traded with two months remaining in the season?
And what if Lester leads Oakland to the 2014 championship? What will have been affirmed? Lester will be a free agent after the tournament and could even return to Boston...
Worst of all, I seem to be the only person who thinks it's a terrible system.
People are so stuck in their thinking that no one else even considers eliminating trades during the season. Examples:
Trade Deadlines and Other Rules by Cliff Blau undated
WHY A JULY 31 TRADE DEADLINE JUST DOESN'T MAKE SENSE ANYMORE by Dave Cameron late July 2014
All the answers to your Deadline questions by Anthony Castrovince August 1st, 2014