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10 Suggestions to Improve (Reds) Baseball

  1. Speed up the pace of the game just a little bit. There's too much time between pitches in today's game.  I watched the 75 WS on dvd this winter and the pace of the game seemed so much more palatable.  Batters weren't stepping out of the box after every pitch and pitchers weren't constantly stepping off the rubber.  
  2. The time has come for baseball managers to hang up the uniform and wear real clothes.  Seriously. Have them dress in MLB approved team gear and it'd be ok to keep the ballcap.  But anyone over 50 looks ridiculous in a uni.  
  3. Sunday games revert back to an olde time experience at the ballpark.  In between inning promotions are nixed.  Instead, organ music blares from the PA.  Scorecards are distributed at no cost to entice kids of all ages to keep score.  
  4. Ballplayers are employed by the organization and its time for the ballclub to mandate that players sign autographs pregame.  The common argument is that ballplayers always catch grief when they decide to walk away from the rail.  Easy solution.  Organize it and have 5-10 players signing for 15 minutes an hour or so before the game.  Have a couple team employees on the field to shoo the ballplayers away from the rail at the given time. That way the ballplayers arent the bad guys for stopping. . 
  5. I think im becoming a proponet of the 154 game season and shorter playoff series.  Baseball in late Oct/early Nov in Northern cities is ludicrous.  More doubleheaders. 
  6. After the fifth inning its time for the ushers to leave their posts.  It isnt terribly difficult to move down to the better seats at GABP but its embarassing to see all the empty "good seats" during early and late season games.  Let the folks have a better seat...who cares? 
  7. Every ballclub should institute a HOF at their ballpark.  I guess a couple teams would have to be exempt due to ballpark constraints but most now have the Retro parks with puh-lenty of room to renovate.  I also think every ballpark should have a food booth owned/ran by a former ballplayer (i.e. Boog Powell or Manny Sanquillen) and a Hot Dogs From Around MLB stand which would have Chicago style dogs, Nathans all beef dogs, Dodger Dogs, Fenway Franks, Cincy Cheese Coneys, ETC.  
  8. Ban the two handed point to heaven after stepping on home plate.  Ban idiots behind home plate on cel phones waving to people watching the game on television.  Ban batting gloves on days over 50 degrees.  Ban ballplayers carrying cans of dip in their back pocket on the field.  
  9. Hire Madville to sing the Seventh Inning Stretch in Cincy.  I'm here to tell you that I think this has great potential and I'm not even joking. I also want the old Longines clock returned to GABP dammit.  
  10. Salary cap.  The fact the Yanks have a $200MM payroll is ridiculous.  I think its great for baseball overall to have evil empires to root against but its hard to get geeked up over Taveras/Rhodes/Hernandez additions when the Yanks went Sabathia/Texeira/Burnett.  Not even remotely comparable.  

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