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  • Published: Oct 28th, 2011
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The Rangers should sue Bud Selig for gross stupidity.

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If the Rangers end up losing the World Series tonight, they can thank Selig.  It was his inane idea to tie the home field advantage in the series to the winner of the all-star game.  If they had home field advantage like they would have had under the old system, the series would likely be over and they would be celebrating a title.

But like a lot in baseball, the home field has been “Seliged.”

Definition – (1) To screw up something that without intervention would have been much better.

(2) To do things just for the sake of change despite the lack of need for any alternation.

(3) Just being stupid.

It would be bad enough if the Cards were a division winner and got home field with a worse record than the Rangers.  But this team fell backwards across the line into the playoffs as a wild card team.
In no other sport does something as stupid as an exhibition game determine home field advantage.  What would baseball have done if the 2011 game had ended in a tie like it did several years ago?  Knowing Bud, they would have had the first 4.5 innings in St. Lewis then moved to Texas for the last half of the game.

If the brain-trust of baseball is wondering what they can do to improve the respect writers and fans have for their sport, I have a suggestion.  Forget this stupid rule.  And by the way, don’t let Bud do anything else to “Selig” the sport.

That’s what I think.  Tell us what you think.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color
on radio for
college football and basketball and has scouted talent.

He is a senior writer for and edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on http://www.eBooks-Library.com/Contemporary/ and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/.

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Baseball needs to upgrade Umpires NOW!

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                       MLB Umpire Foster

MLB’s reputation has taken major hits from the steroid scandal, missing the playoffs because of a strike and leadership of the some times blind but always intellectually challenged Bud Selig. But there is a bigger problem with the game—the ineptness of some of its umpires.

Umpire Marty Foster covered 3rd base last night sort of. At least he was paid to do that. In the first inning he called Derek Jeter attempting to steal 3rd. The ball got there in time but Jeter was never tagged. Jeter complained to Foster and was reportedly told that he didn’t have to be tagged to be out. When Jeter told Yankee manager Joe Girardi what Foster had said, Girardi exploded and got thrown out of the game for arguing the call. Maybe someone should buy Foster a copy of the MLB rule book. Even if they did, I doubt he would read it.

The umpires were already under the gun for inaccurate ball and strike counts. New technology has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that umpires are not able to tell a strike from a ground hog. Baseball has always said that it can live with a wider than legal strike zone as long as the calls are consistent for both sides. But the only consistency is how inconsistent the calls are. The union is fighting any use of instant replay including the limited use now approved. They want to keep the ineptness of their members a secret. But we all know they are inept. The sport needs instant replay to correct the most egregious mistakes.

The umpires are above criticism by players, team managers, and owners. Baseball fines and can suspend those individuals for saying anything negative about the boys in blue. Fortunately, there is nothing that the union can do to me. Unfortunately, there is very little I can do to the union as well.

If baseball ever wants to convince people like me that the game is fair, it is going to have to use instant replay to eliminate the stupidity and bumbling calls of their umpires. Balls and strikes need to be called mechanically. The existing technology can do that as fast as the umpire behind the plate but with total accuracy. Errors in calls on the bases need to be corrected real time as well.

The game deserves better. The players that work so hard hopefully with out the assistance of steroids deserve better. Most of all, the fans that pay to see the travesty laughingly referred to as MLB and those that buy the products that support the game deserve it as well. Unfortunately for all those people, the Umpire Union is so strong that instant replay will never be used beyond those approved now. In fact, look for the union to negotiate that use out of their next contract.

That’s what I think. Tell me what you think.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He is a senior writer for and edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and edits .

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  • Published: Feb 17th, 2009
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Baseball is being Drug through the Drug tests

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Baseball is being Drug through the Drug tests

By Bill Smith

Commissioner Bud Selig is visiting the taro card reader again. This time he wants to know what he should do about the players that were caught on the 2003 test. Some leaks (beside the names of players on the list) have been coming out of the commissioner’s office about possible actions. These trial balloons have been floating around the Internet and talk radio to see what the public reaction would be.

Selig had to stand in line at the fortune teller’s door because she was in with ARod. He wanted to know what he could do to get past the steroid problem and get back to baseball.

Here are some of the alternatives being floated by Selig:

  1. Suspend ARod and anyone else on the 2003 list for the 50 game step 1 of the policy.

    Not so fast. The test was taken BEFORE there was a policy. The results were supposed to be kept confidential. They leaked out and the league and the union are responsible.

    My advice: Forget suspensions for the 104 on the list. That would violate the word of the league—not that it has been worth much up to now.

  2. Change the rules for ARod and the rest of the 104 to suspend them for a year for any violation of the policy in the future.

    Well, evidently the rules don’t mean much if we change them every time the league and the Commish get embarrassed. If that was the plan, the rule writers would be busier than the historians in the USSR that had to totally rewrite history every time there was a change of leadership. Does the phrase “terminal writer’s cramp” mean anything to us?

    My advice: Forget changing the rules. The purpose of rules is that they apply to everyone all the time. They can’t be enacted retroactively to make the Commish look less like a fraud.

  3. Forget the test and hope that players named don’t sue the league and union for every cent those organizations will ever touch.

    This might sound good to Selig but the story won’t go away no matter how much dirt the league may throw on the players. The fans won’t buy that because it doesn’t pass the smell test.

My advice: Put everyone on the list on a double schedule for testing in the future and they will be subject to the same policy as everyone else. That punishes the violators for their use and provides more proof more often that they are clean now. THAT is the only choice the league has. What do you want to bet they do something else?

That’s what I think. Tell me what you think.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He is a senior writer for and edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and edits .

My email is [email protected]

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