|How Boras wants to improve the World Series|
Written by Bjoern Hartig (Contact & Archive) on May 06, 2009
Via Fan Nation: In an interview with the playboy magazine, uber-agent Scott Boras has shared his ideas on how he would change the World Series:
"I'd modernize it, make it five out of nine games, with the first two in a neutral city. Announce the MVP and Cy Young awards at a gala held between the playoffs and a new World Series weekend. Move the home-run contest from the All-Star game to that week too. "The gala and home-run derby would lead to Game 1 of the Series on Saturday, with Game 2 on Sunday. Then the Series would go on with the final seven games in the Series teams' cities. This way, different places get part of the Series. I want the World Series in Pittsburgh, Texas, Seattle. Teams in those markets would sell more season tickets. World Series weekend would be a major stage for corporate events; it could advance the game to the next level."
I can't say I'm too fond of these suggestions. I don't care much about the gala, although the home-run derby at the end of the season could work if you invite the season's home run leaders. Other than that, extending the series to nine games sounds like a pretty bad idea. First, from the top of my head I would guess that a game nine is even more unlikely than a game seven, which means that it reduces the possibility for drama, but nine games is simply too long anyway. And why play the first two games in neutral cities? Not only does it take away from the flair (for lack of a better word) of the series, why would this sell more season tickets in those cities? I don't see it. Likewise, why exactly would "a major stage for corporate events" "advance the game to the next level"? Which level is there to advance to? 200 million dollar contracts? Oh right, we already have those.
Personally, I don't think the World Series needs to be fixed. Other than letting the games start early and reduce the number of off-days to make sure the last day of the season does not fall into November.