1. Never banned blacks from the game.
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2. Never introduced the live ball. Same as '00-10. No cork-cushion.
This OR #15, not both when you have #12. You want it slanted towards Cobb
3. Reserve clause would never have been tolerated. Free agency should have always been the rule.
4. Babe Ruth had stayed on the Red Sox, as a pitcher.
As an outfielder!
5. Teams had never been allowed to leave original cities. Cities could have bought out owners, and allowed owners to start new teams elsewhere.
As long as they're supporting them
6. NY Yankees should not have been allowed a "mortgage" on another (Fenway) teams ballpark. Yankees should not have been allowed to "buy" most of the good players from the Red Sox, 1919-24.
7. Joe Jackson had not been railroaded out of BB.
8. Judge Ken Landis had not been appointed Commissioner. In fact, BB should never had had a commissioner.
9. Neither Cobb nor Ruth had been black-balled by the powers-that-be in baseball (owners). Wished they had been allowed to manage until they got too old to hobble. Would have added wonderful period flavor/color to the game.
10. The Federal League should have never been a challenge. They should have been welcomed. But not to set up teams in cities which already had them. Simply pick the next 8 cities with the highest populations, with respect to growth rates, and baseball interest. Shouldn't have posed an insurmountable obstacle.
11. The strike zone/height of the pitcher's mound should have remained standardized at what they were from 1901-10. Strike zone from knees to letters across the chest.
12. Foul lines should have been standardized at 400'. No HRs less than 400'.
13. No artificial turf allowed. Domes should have been retractable from the 1st.
You gonna pay for 'em?
14. Ballpark architechure should have not allowed such deep foul territory along the foul lines, nor behind the plate. Allow the fans to get "on top" of the players.
15. Leave balls in play longer.
16. Pitchers shouldn't have been allowed to "alter/doctor" the ball before '20.
17. Teams should have been required to block off their CF areas, so as to provide hitters with a good, clear backdrop to pick up the ball.
18. Fielder's gloves are now far too large. Today, the glove makes the catch, not the fielder.
19. No infield fly rule. Fielder's should be allowed to let a fly drop. Adds to cool strategy.
May not be as crazy as it sounds
20. No more catcher's dropping last strike rule. Dumb rule.
21. Catchers should not be allowed to block the plate. Should require them to keep BOTH feet on one side of the foul line, or give the runner a free pass.
BB was designed to not be a contact sport. And when played properly, is.
Either that, or catchers be prepared to suffer the consequences
22. Runners should not be allowed to interfere with fielders making their plays. Should be required to slide in such a way as not to impede fielders. Those who get in a fielder's way, even accidentally, should be automaticly out.
I thought this was the rule?
23. HRs in the last inning should have always been allowed to score all the runners on base. Records should be gone back over, and revised to give back all those disqualified runs to those who hit HRs in the bottom of the 9th. How's that from a supposed "anti-Ruth" advocate?
24. I wish all players who qualify should have been allowed to play. Including WOMEN!
Locker room problems, but I don't think this would have included an inordinate amount of women
25. No lingering left-overs from the "reserve clause". Free agency should apply from the 1st day.
Help the Yankees?
26. Abolish the draft. A player should not have their options pre-empted. No more player slavery.
Are we exaggerating a little?
27. For as long as their is a Commissioner's Office, the Player's Ass. should have a veto. Give player's a voice in his selection. And a procedure to remove someone who is objectionable to either owners/players.
28. Wish there had been a 20 second rule for pitchers all the way through, way back when.
29. For a anti-drug policy to be truly effective, it would have to include unannounced off-season testing. I do not support a life ban on 1st violations, since many legal drugs have traces of banned substances, and few players are that into reading fine print on medications bottle labels. So there would need to be an appeal process that was neither "pro-player", nor "pro-banning".
30. I wish the integration process would extend into managers, coaches, umpires, scouts, park vendors, sports writers, mid-management franchise structures, and include not only blacks, but hispanics, Asians, women, gays, seniors, and 2-headed bull frogs.
31. There have been certain, select base-runners who abused their steel cleates to intimidate fielders. If upon a 3rd violation, I'd give them a time-out. By this I mean that if a runner cut a fielder, who was not blocking off a base, or blocking home plate, I'd suspend their right to wear metal cleates for 30 days, and require them to wear cleates made from hardened, vulcanized rubber for the next 30 days, and also a fine and 5 games suspension. Can you hear me, those who accuse me of being too pro "a certain player"??!
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