K.C. Royals vs S.F. Giants World Series: what to watch

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The 2014 World Series may not get the highest ratings, but it will be the most eventful. Sure, there are no Yankees, Red Sox, or Dodgers, but there are the Cinderella story Royals and dynasty-craved Giants.

Not only is Ned Yost undefeated in his first playoff appearance with a Royals team that hadn’t been here since 1985, but on the other side Bruce Bochy looks to cement himself in the Hall of Fame by becoming the 10th head coach to win three World Series.

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VIDEO: Bud Selig is CLUELESS as to MLB’s long term issues

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The successor to Bud Selig was named yesterday. Rob Manfred is the new Major League Baseball commissioner, and for the sake of the sport, hopefully he will be much less tone deaf than the current commish. First watch this video from Countdown with Keith Olbermann on ESPN 2.

In fact, watch it a couple times so that you get all the facts and figures in:

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Chicago Cubs WIN! And Rod Blagojevich is hoping to as well!

Good morning and happy Friday. I hope each and every one of you out there among the Cubs Faithful is having a wonderful start to the day. Or middle of the day. Or in two days, basically whenever you read this.

I have spent my fair share of time, as well as many others’ fair share of time, inside Wrigley Field, and there were only one or two times the weather made the experience more miserable than it did on Tuesday and Wednesday night. It was horrible. Call it committed or just plain stupid, either way, it was COLD.

So, with that out of the way, let’s start throwing out some random and obvious thoughts and see what sticks against the wall. So, here we go …

• Hey, I can’t see to well … was that just series victory? Really, the Cubs won a series?

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It’s Time to Reinstate Pete Rose into Baseball

Pete Rose has recently expressed his desire to reenter the Major League baseball scene-possibly as a manager. This inkling is not new to the man who has been shunned by the game for years since he gambled on games. The former player and manager should be forgiven and allowed to return. Commissioner Bud Selig has been spending his time trying to increase the number of playoff games so he can ensure that the Yankees and Red Sox continue to make the postseason. He has been really hypocritical in his response to the various infractions that arise in baseball.

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Early 2011 MLB Attendance Poor; $4 Gas Doesn’t Help

Anyone who watches Sportscenter on a nightly basis can plainly see that attendance is down thus far during the major league baseball season. While it is true that the game does have a few weather obstacles this time of year, this April’s drop off is especially unique. Bud Selig cannot control mother nature or change the dates of the Masters, but he can recommend a few ideas to the owners that could increase their bottom lines until the beginning of June.

Nobody does gimmicks like the minor leagues. Before Memorial Day is when a disproportional amount of promotions and giveaways must occur. The typical fan does not need a hefty incentive to come to the ballpark on a gorgeous day in July when the team is battling against a divisional foe.

He may, however, need his arm twisted to catch a Kansas City Royals game midweek in April. This is when fireworks, contests, and merchandise must come to the forefront.

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It’s Time For Realignment in Baseball

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Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig and the owners must look at divisional realignment in order to provide more fairness in the league. The NFL should be the model for all professional team sports. It has had unparalleled success over the last decade despite the tumultuous domestic economy. A good deal of that is because parity is most prevalent in Roger Goodell’s league. This should be the primary goal for league management and owners.

The new logical format would place all of the American League teams together (eradicating divisional segmentation) and doing the same with the National League. At the end of regular season play, the top four teams from each league would qualify for postseason play. Then tweak the current playoff format to make all rounds best-of-seven. This eliminates the overemphasis on the front end of a given team’s starting pitching rotation.

By Patrick Herbert

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The pros and cons of Interleague Play

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Another year of Interleague baseball (and an American League victory) is in the books, and unfortunately for the haters, it was deemed a success by Major League Baseball. Commissioner Bud Selig’s brainchild surely won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.

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USA-Slovenia Game Poster-Child for Instant Replay in Soccer

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The USA’s disallowed goal against Slovenia may go down as one of the worst calls in sports history and may leave a sour taste in the mouths of USA fans for the rest of their lives. However, if the right action is taken by FIFA, it could be a blessing in disguise for the future of soccer. Sometimes there needs to be a catastrophe in order to perfect a system. We have seen this happen in other sports.

  • In the 1998 NFL Wild-Card Round, before there was instant replay, Jerry Rice blatantly lost the ball before his knees touched the ground, resulting in what should have been ruled as a fumble. However, he was ruled down before the ball popped out. This play paved the way for instant replay in the NFL.
  • Just recently, umpire Jim Joyce blew a call that cost Detroit’s pitcher, Armando Galarraga, a perfect game. Bud Selig came out after the game and said he would look further into instant replay in baseball. The MLB already has replay for home runs.

So, why is FIFA refusing to budge when it comes to replay?

by Justin Mertes-Mistretta

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The Call Outs: MLB Umpires and Beyond

I think Leyland has a point this time, Mr. Joyce

I know it just seems like hopping on the pile now to dive into a discussion about MLB umpiring issues, instant replay and Jim Joyce but how could I leave the issue alone? I was mighty tempted to dedicate an entire column just to Jim Joyce the night that he blew the infamous call but I withheld because I wanted to keep my wits about me and not say anything that was undeserving. As it turns out, that was probably the best thing to do. The more time that has passed since Armando Galarraga’s fake perfect game the more I’ve realized that Jim Joyce shouldn’t be the target of my ire. There are other people and organizations that are much more deserving of that spite. More after the jump.

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