Baseball’s Revenue Sharing Fails in Theory and in Practice

The logic behind revenue-sharing programs is easy to follow. In a post-free-agency world, team payroll is a huge predictor of team success, but budgets are limited by things outside of a team’s control, like market size and stadium situations. Revenue sharing, then, allows those teams who can’t match up financially with the big boys to keep their payrolls increasing and stay...
Via BP Milwaukee
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

The Minnesota Small-Market Con

While I may disagree with Bud Selig’s arguments regarding small-market franchises and what needs to be done to support them, there is no argument against Milwaukee’s position as a small market. With 882,210 television homes in its media market, per Nielsen, only Cincinnati (868,900) is a smaller major-league market. Milwaukee ranks 35th and Cincinnati ranks 36th; along with Kansas...
Via BP Milwaukee
14 days ago  |  Discuss

The Kingdome Welcomes the Mariners

Famed for its portrayal in Jim Bouton’s tell-all book Ball Four, the Seattle Pilots lasted one season—1969. While the Mets inched toward an improbable World Series victory against the Baltimore Orioles, the Pilots went 64-98. After the ’69 season, bankruptcy disrupted Seattle’s major league plans. New ownership—future Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig—brought...
Via The Sports Post
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Bud Selig’s Coalition Takes Aim

Major League Baseball did not establish its revenue-sharing program without a fight. It took until the 1996 collective bargaining agreement, the first signed after the contentious 1994-95 strike, and that plan was gradually implemented. The current plan, in which 34 percent of all “net local revenue” from all 30 major-league teams is subject to redistribution, has only been in...
Via BP Milwaukee
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Bud Selig vs. The World

Over the past 30 years, no single person has made more noise about the plight of small-market teams than Milwaukee’s own Bud Selig. Whether as baseball’s commissioner or the owner of the Milwaukee Brewers, Selig has acted as a small-market evangelist, preaching the impending doom of Major League Baseball should the game’s economic system not be fixed to tilt the scales more...
Via BP Milwaukee
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Four Alternative Ways To Determine World Series Home Field Advantage

In 2002, Major League Baseball's brightest stars converged in Milwaukee to play the league's annual All-Star Game. Eleven innings and nineteen pitchers later, Commissioner Bud Selig elected to end the game in a tie, as both sides had run out of arms to send to the mound. Following the backlash from fans and media, Selig assured the baseball world an All-Star Game would never again...
Via The Sports Quotient
November 10, 2015  |  Discuss

The Massive Monetary Implications Of A Winning Mets Team

Regardless of what your thoughts are concerning former MLB Commissioner Bud Selig, as a Mets fan you have to consider the fact that he may have had more of an impact on your team’s fortunes than you realize. The Mets in 2010 were a mess with two sub .500 seasons coming on the heels of two gut wrenching late season collapses, all while the Wilpons continued to reel financially...
Via Mets Merized Online
October 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Playoff Prospectus: Wild Card Recap: Casually Cruel by Sam Miller

Pittsburgh`s worst fears came true: Bud Selig proposed and implemented a one-game playoff between wild card winners.
Via Baseball Prospectus
October 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Playoff Rooting Guide: Division Series

The baseball grim reaper claimed the Angels over the weekend after the Halos failed to qualify for one of the spots in Bud Selig’s Wild Card Bonanza. Your nights are now free to put up Halloween decorations or get an early start on spooky treats or argue on the internet about the best horror movie (it’s Alien) or rehearse your role for the Rocky Horror interpretation your acting...
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October 06, 2015  |  Discuss

A love letter to Bud Selig

Dearest Bud, I just wrote to say I love you. From the bottom of my heart. This may come as a surprise given that I haven’t publicly said anything positive about you since, well, ever. But that was all a front. Privately, I’ve always admired your visionary genius, especially this whole deal where you created a second wild card entrant before making your exit from the commissioner’s...
Via Rumors and Rants
October 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Is This Your (Wild) Card?

I have a confession to make: I cannot stop checking the AL Wild Card standings. In the mornings, at first pitch, immediately after the last out; all I can do is stare at the table while doing math. Sportsclubstats.com has become a trusted friend on whom I can rely as the playoff probability for the Cleveland Indians oscillates. The word “obsession” has a lot of energy behind...
Via Waiting For Next Year
September 22, 2015  |  Discuss

So who do we want in the one game Wild Card, Houston or Texas? The answer is easy... and it's not the team it looks like we're going to get

This week, the W. Bush Rangers went Toronto on their blood rivals, the Houston Colt 45s, or Rockets, or Oilers - whatever - in a four-game sweep, taking over the mighty (that's a joke) AL West. The Rangers now have a 3-game lead over Houston in the loss column, leaving the Astros as the likely visitor in the upcoming duel for the Bud Selig Maximize Profits One Game Playoff Cup.Of...
September 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Manfred digs Shoeless Joe Jackson a deeper grave

By Matt Whitener If there is one thing that Major League Baseball has figured out, it is a respect for deference. For it is rarer than seeing a successful Chicago Cubs team, wire-to-wire. But if this summer is proving anything to be true, that even the accursed North Siders can do some work to reverse their set path, so it should not be beyond comprehension to think that perhaps...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
September 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Shoeless Joe to Remain Banned from Baseball

It’s been more than 94 years since “Shoeless” Joe Jackson was banned for life by then-commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis following his perceived involvement in throwing the 1919 World Series. Monday, current commish Rob Manfred decided to uphold that ban. “I began my interest in Shoeless Joe in 1997 when I worked for the mayor of Greenville (South Carolina),” Arlene Marcley...
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August 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Manfred should consider Wild Card Game tweak

New MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has not made many waves in his first year of replacing Bud Selig, but he should consider a significant tweak to the Wild Card system this offseason. As things currently stand, due to geographical circumstance the top three teams in the National League all reside in the same division — the Cardinals, Pirates and Cubs. And the current playoff format...
Via Rumors and Rants
August 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Dear Mr. Sabathia, If you return this year, it must be as a power lefty out of the bullpen

Dear Madam or Sir,Last night, I had this bizarre dream...It's early October, the Bud Selig Memorial One Game Maximization of Profits Wild Card... and the Yankees are playing the Angels - in California, of course. It's the bottom of the seventh. We lead by one, but the Winged Wonders have loaded the bases for Trout and Pujols. Across the Yankiverse, hope has turned to liberal dosages...
August 24, 2015  |  Discuss

O's won last night, leaving Yanks five up in Wild Card race

Like the sound of that? Rattle your cage a bit?Sorry to be this way, but today - Aug. 11 - if the Yankees are destined to lose the AL East, I'd just as soon have them miss the post-season entirely - rather than get in via the stupid, one-game Bud Selig Wild Card.Of course, if they make it, why kid ourselves? We'll all get suckered into it.So I post these words as a time capsule:On...
August 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Arguments for moving the MLB trade deadline

By Joseph Coblitz Rob Manfred has been busy in his short tenure as Major League Baseball’s commissioner, trying to speed up the game (and the Home Run Derby) and making wild suggestions such as eliminating shifts (crazy) and starting an international draft (not so crazy). He continued that trend yesterday when he mentioned that he would be open to moving back the trade deadline...
Via The Outside Corner
July 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Double-A All-Star Game Does Home Run Derby ‘Shootout’ To Break Tie (Video)

Just two days after a historic MLB Home Run Derby in Cincinnati, the Double-A All-Star game followed up with one of the coolest endings to a baseball game you’ll ever see. The Eastern and Western divisions were tied 4-4 after nine innings in the Eastern League All-Star game at Hadlock Field in Portland, Maine, home of the Portland Sea Dogs. But rather than go all Bud Selig on everyone...
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July 16, 2015  |  Discuss

DBC: Aw, crap, the Yankees signed the first round pick, and I'll never learn how to spell his name

Siri, Take a letter, Maria, address it to my wife, say I won't be coming home, gotta start a new life...SIRI: Ready to post.No. That's a song, Siri. You're too young. Take this down: The Yankees signed James - not Jimmy - Caprollean, Capronalin, Caproteen...Kapriellan... Karpielan... I dunno. Guy from UCLA. Pitcher. The next Phil Hughes. I gotta learn his name.Damn, whatever happened...

What is the Argument in Favor of the All-Star Game “Counting?”

It has been well over a decade that the outcome of the MLB All-Star Game has determined home field advantage for the World Series.  Babies born in 2003, the first year that the All-Star Game “counted” are almost teenagers.  Those children have lived their whole lives in a world where commercials like this one remind viewers with unbridled intensity that the right to play Game...
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July 14, 2015  |  Discuss

MLB All-Star Game TV Ratings Hold Steady

Television ratings for the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, like most sporting events and television shows generally, have seen a viewership decline over the last few decades. This decline is not new. After an embarrassing All-Star Game in 2002 that saw Bud Selig call the game a tie, the powers that be wanted to help […]
Via Fangraphs
July 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Alex Rodriguez: interim Yankee Captain

February 2004: then MLB commissioner, Bud Selig signs off on the Yankees’ “mega-merger” of acquiring the then-reigning American League MVP, Alex Rodriguez in exchange for Alfonso Soriano and a young, hopeful Joaquin Arias. To Yankee fans, the messiah had finally arrived. Facing an ironclad roster consisting of A-Rod, Derek Jeter, Jason Giambi, Hideki Matsui and Gary Sheffield...
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June 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Staggering toward July, and chasing another Wild Card, the Yankees face their annual Cashman culling of the herd

It's easy to over-exaggerate the importance of a Yankee defeat, especially when your psychic existence orbits around the health of - say - Carl Pavano's buttocks. And last night's shutout was as predictable as a sugar hangover on November 1. Watching the Evils coast through the 7th and 8th innings - flailing at first pitches like they had one of A-Rod's private girlie shows to catch...

Selig Experience Message: Seeking Corporate Welfare is Heroic

The multimedia Selig Experience opened at Miller Park on Friday, the latest and most attention-demanding measure to perpetually honor the former Brewers team owner and MLB commissioner.  Putting a statue and a plaque outside the stadium were hardly enough – only a permanent shrine with state-of-the-art 3D hologram technology is a fitting tribute to Selig.  After all, without...
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June 01, 2015  |  Discuss
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