Five Things We Want To See Happen In the MLB In 2017
2016 kinda stunk, but not when it comes to baseball. After all, 2016 gave that long-awaited Chicago Cubs title, as well as some other notable happenings, like David Ortiz's final game...well, maybe only Yankees fans will appreciate the fact it's his final game, but you get the idea!
With 2017 steadily approaching, we wrap up this year by giving five happenings on the diamond we'd really like to see in the new year....
1) The Pace of Play Argument Disappears
The beauty of baseball is that it doesn't have a clock, yet it would appear the sport's new patriarchy is trying anything they can to add one, with the "pace of play" argument dominating discussions among fans and experts alike. This needs to stop. Football games are longer than ever, yet no one bats an eye. But God forbid a baseball game goes a mere second past two and a half hours, and everyone loses their minds. Do some of the slower aspects of baseball, like frequent mound visits, need to be tweaked a little? Probably, but the game should stop trying to cater to the fan who can't go 20 seconds without looking at his cell phone.
2) The World Baseball Classic Gains Momentum
In theory, the World Baseball Classic seems like a good idea, featuring baseball's diverse cast going at it for international glory. However, ratings would show that it hasn't been the runaway victory baseball intended it to be. The idea is good in theory, though it could use a little tweaking here and there. But it would be nice for baseball to gain a victory here, as the WBC occupies a mostly dead space in the sports calendar, smack dab in the middle portions of the NBA and NHL seasons, while the NFL offseason is in its earlier stages. This can be a solid catalyst that drives up momentum for the upcoming year, and it'd be nice for the event to generate some success.
3) Pitch Gets Renewed
Pitch, the Fox television series telling the story of the MLB's first female player, is completely unrealistic.
I mean, sellout San Diego Padres games? Are you kidding?!?!?!
Despite this minor discrepancy, Pitch has developed a solid following and earned relative success. The series's fate has been in a bit of a limbo, not yet set for a return. The series can not only attract fans to the game, with its connections to actual MLB teams and players separating it from your average baseball television series, but the series itself has gotten better as it goes along. Here's hoping Ginny Baker will pitch on for another season.
4) The Red Sox-Yankees Rivalry Returns
Sure, honoring each others' retiring legends may be a classy move, but lately it just feels the rivalry between these two has felt a bit too friendly. Part of the reason for this is because the two East Coast squads have had trouble being competitive at the same time, with both teams last making the playoffs together in 2009. However, with Boston restored as American League favorites thanks to the addition of Chris Sale to an already stacked young lineup, and the Yankees building a contender via the most un-Yankee way possible...building via youngsters in their minor league system?!?!...the rivalry could make a long-awaited comeback.
5) The Cubs Don't Repeat
This is no slight whatsoever against the Cubs. Their story was incredible, and we'll be telling our grandkids where we were when Chicago captured the final out in Game 7.
Now it's time for a new curse to start.
No, no, don't get me wrong, the Cubs don't deserve yet another century-plus of futility, but we've just been experiencing a fun wave of MLB parity. Yes, we had the mini even year dynasty of the San Francisco Giants, but over the past five years, eight different teams have played for the World Series, several of whom ended long pennant-free streaks, like the Royals, Indians, and Mets. So let's get some newcomers hoisting the Commissioner's Trophy...perhaps Chicago's Fall Classic victim Cleveland???
What would you like to see from the MLB in 2017? Tweet @GeoffMags5490 and keep the conversation going
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