MLB…Next up for bid…an All-Star Game!

So I found out that Major League Baseball may be a fan of those auction shows that you see on cable TV such as ‘Storage Wars’ and the like. Commissioner Manfred has said that starting with the 2017 All-Star Game, he wants to award it via a competitive bid process, much like the Olympics and the Super Bowl are now awarded. Interesting idea, is it not? It certainly eliminates any favoritism from the MLB offices regarding the award of the game, unless they manipulate the bids. But that is not my concern. I am looking at it from the point of view that there are teams and cities that have a war-chest of money to spend on such things, versus smaller market teams that simply don’t. Is Minneapolis going to outbid Los Angeles? Will Milwaukee be able outbid Boston? Will anybody be up to the task of outbidding New York? There is an inequity here that I simply don’t like. It reminds me of the quotation about the rich getting richer while the poor have babies. If Commissioner Manfred wants to do something regarding the ASG, then he should stop awarding home-field advantage in the World Series to the league that wins the game. It should rightly go to the team that has earned the right to that advantage, and that is the team with the best won-lost record. How about it, Commissioner?
The Toronto Blue Jays are going to a natural grass field starting with the 2018 season. They signed an agreement with the University of Guleph – Ontario Agricultural College to provide data on bringing God’s green grass to Rogers Centre in Toronto. I say ‘Good for them!’ It is certainly feasible to do this, as it is already being done in the NFL at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. I will take a natural grass field over Astroturf or Tru-turf any day of the week.
Did anyone notice how the Venezuelan National team is 4-0 in the Caribbean Series, while Cuba is 1-3? I wonder if the newest wave of defections from the Cuban team has hurt their performance in this series? Perhaps, but under the heading of ‘games that matter’, Cuba eliminated Venezuela 8-4 in their semi-final game. Cuba moves on to face the team from Mexico, who is heading to the finals after winning their game against the Dominican Republic 5-4. Mexico is the two-time defending champion.

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