As we have spent the last few days engrossed in baseball meetings,watching the American League get better, the Cubs stay static and most free agents go to California, I wanted to write about something that caught my eye this week.
The Boston Red Sox are not only World Series champions but now they are getting rules named after them as well. On Monday, Bob Watson, Vice President of Rules and On-Field Operations for Major League Baseball, said that managers will no longer be able to wear the pullover jackets as part of their in-game uniforms. It is going to be a Francona Rule. As we all know, Boston’s skipper typically wears a pullover and has butted heads with the league when asked to display his uniform top, especially this summer when MLB uniform police went into the Red Sox dugout during a game versus the Yankees to check Francona’s uniform.
According to Watson, You can only wear your uniform top or jacket. You cant wear your night-shirt, or whatever it is. You can wear it before games, or after games, but not during games. You have to have your uniform top at all times. Oh, and it gets serious – the first offense for not wearing a uniform top would be $1,000, second offense would draw a $5,000 fine, and a third time would result in a one-game suspension. Attention John Gibbons and Eric Wedge, Toronto and Cleveland coaches, Bob Watson is watching and you are next.
Are you kidding me? In a game where ticket prices are so expensive, the average fan can barely make it out to the ballpark and one of the most prestigious records in all of sports may have to be marked with an asterisk because of steroid use, this is how you are spending your time? Wow.
How about someone takes a look at making the game more fan friendly or figure out how to address the disparity not only between the two leagues but small versus big market teams as well. I mean will the Kansas City Royals ever be able to compete with the Yankees or Red Sox? I just think there are bigger fish to fry here and a little individuality never hurt a game filled with narcissistic millionaires.
BUT if I was the Vice President of Baseball Rules and On-Field Operations, what rules would I implement? By the way, is that not the lamest baseball title ever? It sounds like it should be a class in the Harry Potter series. I managed to come up with a few new rules:
The Ryan Dempster is Not a Closer Rule. It looks like we may have to enforce this rule after once AGAIN, Sweet Lou talks about the possibility of Dempster as the Cubs closer. I will say again, he is not a closer, especially when Marmol is just sitting there waiting to be utilized. This rule will ensure other teams do not make bonehead decisions regarding the closer role.
The I Couldn’t Even Imagine the DL without Mark Prior Rule.This simply states any player has the option to skip out on the DL if Mark Prior is not there for support. Luckily for players who get hurt this season, no worries he’ll be there.
The Kenny Williams Thou Protest Too Much Rule. This rules states that any general manager that has to sit and watch their divisional opponent get light years better right before their eyes, should immediately blame loose-lipped sources and the media for failing to land the big names.
What rule would you enforce?