Ghosts of left fielders past

Merry Christmas, Yankee fans. All I wanted for Christmas this year was a deep playoff run, and I got it in spades! Next year? A repeat would be nice.

The team that is currently scheduled to take...
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Gaudin As 5th Starter? Ridiculous.

From Ken Rosenthal:

A rival executive says that neither Phil Hughes nor Joba Chamberlain should be in the Yankees’ rotation next season.

Instead, the exec suggests that the Yankees keep both youngsters in their bullpen and make Chad Gaudin their fifth starter.

Not a crazy thought. But if the Yankees enact such a plan, they are far...

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Commish For A Day II: #5 Salary Cap & Floor

This competition between the large and small markets is the lifeblood of the NFL and 2009 may serve as no finer example of small market success. The top four records in the NFL are held by Indianapolis, New Orleans, San Diego, and Minnesota. What do these locales have in common? Only two have the where-with-all to support MLB in their cities and even those two have been rumored to be on the move. Minnesota was part of contraction talks not too long ago and without the 1998 World Series appearance for the Padres, Petco Park never would have been built and perhaps contraction or relocation would have been in their future. Indianapolis, San Diego, and New Orleans are cities that only support and house two professional franchises and all of the above cities but Indianapolis** have lost a franchise (Northstars, Clippers, Jazz).

At some point one of these NFL franchises has relocated or has been rumored to be on the move but there is one constant: revenue sharing (and capable stewardship) allows the teams to compete each year.

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Commish For A Day II: #4 Umpire Statistics

The best umpires statistically during the season will get to umpire in the playoffs. MLB will not pick the umpires based on who is perceived to be the best but who are actually the best. And like this year it will not be required to have a new umpire in the World Series that has never been in one before; it will simply be the best umpires statistically.

Now that is how to reward the best umpires but there will be umpires who are significantly worse than the rest in the league. The worst umpires should either be let go or sent down to the minors. The hard part is where the cutoff would be for the worst umpires. I believe the first season should be more of probationary season where the data can be collected and figure out what the average of correctly made calls are. This can then be used to determine which umpires are the worse. After every season any umpire who is so many percentage points away from the average should be reprimanded by the league.

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Commish For A Day II: #3 Expand the DH to the NL

Make no mistake about it the DH issue is more about money than anything. Rather than paying for an extra starting bat owners prefer their pinch hitting specialist. A good PH will command a couple of million dollars a year. Hideki Matsui, arguably the best DH in baseball, just signed a $6 million dollars from Anaheim. If it were a better economy I could see him commanding double that amount. As always you need to follow the money trail. The ironic thing is saving a few million in DH salaries will put millions of pitcher dollars at risk a far more expensive proposition. Do I need to remind Mets fans about David Cone missing a large chunk of the 87? season after breaking his finger bunting? What about the Yankees missing the playoffs in 2008 largely due to Chien Ming Wang hurting himself running the bases? I could swallow injuries due to the wear of tear of hurling a baseball 100 plus times a start, but running the bases?

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