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Partying Like Its 1919

Posted by Adam Graham on July 1, 2007

Scott Boras wants to go back to the past where we had a best-of-nine World Series:

Scott Boras loves the World Series so much, he wants to make it best-of-nine — and open with two games at a neutral site.

The last best-of-9 World Series was in 1921. We tried for three seasons after the initial series was 9 games, Of course, Boras wants to add a few modern innovations:

Boras, the high-profile agent with high-profile clients who earn high-octane paychecks, said in an interview Thursday that he will meet with the commissioner after the All-Star break to discuss his proposal. He would open the weekend on a Friday night with a televised gala announcing the MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year and Manager of the Year awards, and have the five top candidates for each in attendance.

Hall of Fame voting would be announced Saturday, with the opener that night and Game 2 on Sunday night. After that, the Series would pick up the 2-3-2 format that’s been used since 1925 (except for 1943 and 1945, when there were wartime travel restrictions). If the scheduled host club for the opener won the pennant, the Series could become a 3-4-2.

Now, the idea is to create as much buzz around this series as the Super Bowl. I appreciate the intention but let’s be clear, there are quite a few drawbacks.

1) The Ruining of the offseason: So we name all the award winners (except for Silver Sluggers and Gold Gloves), that’s one sure way to make *baseball all about the free agent market. In addition, we’ll manage to diminish the recognition earned by those who win the big awards. They at least have one day near the top of the sports news, now they’ll get as much coverage as the Home Run derby.

2) The lengthening of the schedule: We’ll be getting into November with some World Series. Do tired need an additional game plus on their backs.

3) Boras is missing the point. Baseball doesn’t have problems because the series does’t have enough gusto. It’s simply because we have low attention span fans in America. The reason a Super Bowl or an NCAA championship game is far more exciting is that we get much more immediate gratification. Baseball is a game that requires patience. You sit and you watch 7 (or 9 3 hour games) waiting for excitement. You’ll usually get some, but unlike in the NCCA tournament, every game is not a must win elemination game. A baseball World Series is something different. It’s a chess game, it’s art, it’s poetry, it’s history in the making. It’s designed for people to sit back and enjoy it. Are ADD generation isn’t going to stand (or sit) for a 9 game World Series, I guarantee it.


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