Changes may be on the horizon for a sport we hold near and dear to our hearts. How would the Chicago Cubs be affected if these ideas came to life?
Well, it has been an interesting offseason for Major League Baseball and an uneventful one for the Chicago Cubs. With training camp right around the corner, certain individuals are sparking rumors, attempting to set the world on fire.
Baseball, to some, is a boring sport. It took a lot out of me to type those words into existence, but it is true. Believe it or not, there are people on this planet who do not share the same passions as we, making them wrong.
So, why not help implement changes that could bring some more fans to the park; converting them from haters to lovers? One idea floating around is making changes to the pitcher’s mound according to Jayson Stark via Twitter machine.
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I’m thinking more along the lines of removing pitching staffs as a whole if you haven’t gathered that from the title.
Either way, this huge game change could benefit the league, team owners, and fans who yawn at the thought of singing the 7th Inning Stretch, surrounded by drunken strangers who wear sunglasses indoors.
Sure, players who take the mound would be out of a job, but at least they won’t have to fear for their lives after each pitch is delivered. Let us think of guys such as Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks, or even Bartolo Colon. Heroes of the mound.
Three words. Home Run Derby. Put former pitching coaches in decked out protective gear from head to toe, allowing them to feed balls into a pitching machine. This also eliminates umpires from blowing calls. Definitely not pointing any fingers at Angel Hernandez.
Not only is no one within 60 feet at risk but more stars could potentially emerge from the shadows. With defenders still taking the field, it wouldn’t completely facelift the league.
However, who wouldn’t enjoy watching Giancarlo Stanton, Billy Hamilton, David Fletcher, Victor Reyes, Raimel Tapia or Javier Baez mashing 180+ homers in a season? Barry Bonds who? Alex Rodriguez who? It’s time for some current and fresh faces to find their way into Major League Baseball’s record book.
All while team owners swim in a giant vault like a swimming pool full of all the extra cash they’ll save each year. No more dishing out $52 million for Edwin Jackson when brand new recliner chairs could replace old, beaten up metal seats in the stands.
At the end of the day, fans will go back to their homes after witnessing their Cubs maul the Cardinals by the final score of 97-32. Meanwhile, Cole Hamels set a Wrigley Field record for the most hot dog sales in a span of three innings.
Or we could just leave the game alone. Allow pitchers to work on the same mound and hit when they’re up in order. Do not continue to attempt to change the pace or face of an already beautiful sport.
Stop it. STOP IT.