Wednesday, November 30, 2011

New Competitive Balance Lottery... WTF????

with the new Collective Bargaining Agreement signed by MLB and it's players, a few new things have come up on our baseball landscape.
Bud Selig's stupidity in putting the Astros in the American League.
Bud Selig's stupidity in allowing two more playoff teams. Everybody gets to play!!!
Bud Selig's stupidity in his insistance on making the leagues one and the same. Mixing teams, interleague play, eliminating seperate umpiring crews, eliminating league presidents, but still insisting on using the DH. That should've been the first thing to go.

and now we have something called the Competitive Balance Lottery. Basically, it's a lottery for teams to get extra picks in the draft, so that the "poorer teams" can compete with the Yankees and Red Sox.

It starts with the 2013 draft, and 13 teams are eligible for picks. There will be 12 picks given away, 6 at the end of the 1st round, and the other six at the end of the 2nd round.
The teams that are eligible are the D-backs, Orioles, Indians, Royals, A's, Pirates, Padres, Rays, Reds, Rockies, Marlins, Brewers and Cardinals.

Read that list again.

Four playoff teams, two division champions, and the World Series winner.

Because they need the extra help and picks.

Bud Selig wins again.

Just when I think there is nothing anyone can do to top Gary Bettman and company, Bud comes back swingin'.


hiflew said...

I would be more in favor of this IF the basis for entry was record instead of payroll. But either way I rather not see it mainly because it is a chance for my Rockies to squander yet another first round pick.

TheRealDFG said...

Great! Another list the Pirates will always be on.

Trey J. said...

I'm glad you agree moving the Astros was stupid. Outside of Houston not many people gave it much thought. Selig needs to get out soon.

Jim from Downingtown said...


I'm not from Houston, and I gave it a lot of thought.

dayf said...

Seconding Jim From Downingtown. Bud never got over his Braves moving to Atlanta.

Play at the Plate said...

I hear people praising Selig for being part of getting the deal done early, but what is he doing to baseball? He's f'ing things up.

Anonymous said...

I can swallow my pride about the extra playoff spot if my team actually manages to get near it.

The extra draft picks seem almost Machiavellian - a slight bonus to keeping payroll down. Not sure I'd credit them with being clever, though.

The opportunity for Bud to fix things would really have been to put the Brewers back int he AL where they belong.

OT - you mentioned at Night Owl that you're doing 1971 OPC, but you don't have the list posted. How close are you?

HockeyFan said...

What's wrong with the DH - do people like watching the pitcher hit?
The pitcher does not care and neither do the fans.