Hmmm. Might have to get this for the podcast.
Hmmm. Might have to get this for the podcast.
Sure, I’ll weigh in on new rules…
Intentional Walks – automatic. Declare. Move on.
Designated Hitter – I surrender. Every other league has it. In
Strike Zone – I actually want to make it bigger.
Pitch Clock – 20 seconds or it’s a ball.
Defensive Shifts – Pitcher on the rubber, catcher in the traditional spot, other than that do whatever you want.
Post-season game times – again 79% of the population lives in East + Central. Post-season games will start no later than 7:14pm Eastern.
Interleague Play – every four years like the Olympics we go nuts and everyone plays everyone. The other years, nothing.
World Baseball Classic – during our Interleague Year, no All Star Game, we’ll play a tournament for two weeks in July. Any player who declines to participate starts the second half on the 15 day DL. Soccer players leave their clubs to play for the national team, you can too.
League Alignment – I’m tempted to go back to two divisions, also tempted to radically re-align (The Patrick-ishDivision: NYM NYY BOS PHI WAS BAL etc) but I will leave it alone.
Montreal Rays – I’m done with Tampa. Montreal, show me a stadium and they’re yours. The Yankees can play 15 home games in Tampa if they want.
All Star Game – 25 players. Everyone gets a representative. Fans cannot be trusted, so the teams will be selected by my office.
World Series Home Field – best record.
Replay – banned, with increased Umpire Ratings. You blow calls, you lose the gig.
PEDs – one strike and you’re banned for three seasons.
Empty Seats Behind Home Plate – owners, I want fans on TV enjoying the game, not empty seats waiting for millionaires. After the top of the 2nd you move some kids to the front row or you get a $50,000 fine.
Undershirts – all undershirts on a team must match
Caps – brim forward, slight curve
Sunday Night Baseball – expires at the end of this contract.
Saturday Day Games – of your 15 home Saturdays, 7 must be played at 1:10pm local time.
Another cap-tip to the Uni Watchers at Uni Watch
— Baseball by BSmile (@BSmile) May 19, 2016
Brooklyn is so so so good at promotions. Details here. Blue cap tip with blue sqatcho/squatchee tip to Uni Watch.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) May 20, 2016
RONALD McDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES® NEW YORK TRI-STATE AREA
HONORS NEW YORK METS LEGEND RON DARLING WITH
2016 RMHC COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP AWARD
All-Star pitcher and Emmy Award-winning baseball analyst recognized for his charity work
Iselin, NJ (May 20, 2016) – Ronald McDonald House Charities New York Tri-State Area (RMHC-NYTSA) honored legendary New York Mets pitcher and Emmy Award-winning baseball analyst Ron Darling with the 2016 RMHC Community Leadership Award at an event today at the Time Warner Center in Manhattan. The award recognized the All-Star’s outstanding commitment to charitable causes and his work on behalf of the Diabetes Research Institute and Habitat for Humanity (New York City). Hosted by NBC 4 News reporter Michael George, today’s awards ceremony also celebrated the 15th anniversary of the RMHC/ASIA (Asian Students Increasing Achievement) Scholarship Program, which has provided over $1.5 million to local high school students in financial need since 2001.
“It’s truly a privilege and an honor to be recognized for my work with these two incredible organizations,” said Darling, who serves on the Board of Directors for the Diabetes Research Institute and Habitat for Humanity. “As someone who believes in the power of paying it forward, I hope this award will help inspire others –especially young people—to give back to their communities and try to make a difference.”
“Mr. Darling is not only a champion in the world of baseball, but also in the community,” stated Christopher Perry, Executive Director of RMHC-NYSTA. “His dedication to serving others embodies the spirit of this award as well as the mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities.”
About Ron Darling
Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Darling spent nine seasons as a starting pitcher for the New York Mets and was a key member of their 1986 World Championship and 1988 Division Champion teams. The former All-Star also has the distinction of being the first Mets pitcher to be awarded the Gold Glove Award as well as the franchise’s first player of Asian descent.
Following his retirement from baseball, Darling embarked on a successful broadcasting career that has earned him two Emmy Awards for best “Sports Analyst”. As SNY’s Mets game and studio analyst, he works more than 100 Mets telecasts each year. Also an accomplished author, he recently published the acclaimed memoir Game 7, 1986: Failure and Triumph in the Biggest Game of My Life.
About Ronald McDonald House Charities New York Tri-State Area
Ronald McDonald House Charities of the New York Tri-State Area is working to better the lives of children and their families in our communities by creating and supporting programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children in the areas of health, education, the arts, and civic and social services. Since 1992, RMHC-NYTSA has provided more than $10 million to local non-profit organizations. For further information on the Ronald McDonald House Charities New York Tri-State Area, visit www.rmhcnytristate.org, follow us at @RMHCNYTriState or call 732.623.8549.
Yes, a podcast two days in a row. Jason Fry and I could ignore Topic #1 in Metsland…plus we talk about how I used to know about all the Star Wars character names and now I don’t. Mets stuff up top, Star Wars starts 14 minutes in.