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"Two huge announcements" at the Winter Meetings

Dec 5, 2009, 7:46 AM EDT

Baseball Prospectus’ Will Carroll is a Twitter tease:

I know of two
HUGE announcements coming at the Winter Meetings. I expect both will be
bigger than any player signing or news made during.

Best guesses in the comments. Here’s mine: they’re going to four outs. You know, because it’s one better than three.

  1. Craig Calcaterra - Dec 5, 2009 at 7:48 AM

    Real guess: something to do with instant replay maybe and, hell, I dunno, the naming of Selig’s successor.

  2. willmose - Dec 5, 2009 at 8:37 AM

    1. Million dollar bonus for each umpire that worked the post season. A thank you for their extraordinary work.
    2. Declaring the Yankees as the 2010 World Series Champions to reduce the length of the post season games.

  3. Dan - Dec 5, 2009 at 8:52 AM

    I’ll echo the guess of some sort of comprehensive instant replay thing.
    Other guesses:
    1) There’s some sort of really cool MLBAM development. MLBAM is already a market leader, and has shown a huge desire to innovate. I expect greatness.
    2) An improved WBC.
    3) Something else internationally themed, such as a pseudo-minors league in the Carribean and/or Japan.
    4) A change in the rules which allows for teams to have multiple catchers. You know, so the Mets off-season makes sense.

  4. Kirk - Dec 5, 2009 at 9:22 AM

    The two big announcements will be:
    1. Baseball is expanding to two new cities: Quebec and Hamilton (sorry wrong sport…although it would not surprise me to hear that Bud Selig would be interested in another expansion).
    2. Mets Ownership has decided to sell the team, fire Omar Minaya, and Jerry Manuel. Now that would be a Christmas Blessing.

  5. Jamie - Dec 5, 2009 at 9:34 AM

    1. Yeah, instant replay.
    2. International draft. It seems like owners and players have already agreed to this, so conceivably it could go into effect before the next CB agreement. Right?

  6. Mike - Dec 5, 2009 at 9:36 AM

    1) The Dodgers are being contracted.
    2) DH in both leagues.

  7. Mike - Dec 5, 2009 at 9:37 AM

    1) The Dodgers are being contracted.
    2) DH in both leagues.

  8. Brian - Dec 5, 2009 at 10:14 AM

    My first thought was another expansion and a change to 4-four team divisions. But that seems like the sort of thing we’d have heard about for months leading up to the actual announcement.
    A lot of speculation I’ve been reading says one of the announcements will be the reinstatement of Pete Rose.

  9. Joe Tetreault - Dec 5, 2009 at 10:25 AM

    New CBA
    DH in both leagues
    those are the only things that would dwarf player signings, because we haven’t heard a thing about either of them.

  10. Brian - Dec 5, 2009 at 10:29 AM

    I can’t see the DH happening in the NL, especially not like this. If anything, the idea would be floated around months in advance to test the reaction of the fans, because I think the majority of NL fans wouldn’t be particularly happy about it.

  11. Craig Calcaterra - Dec 5, 2009 at 10:30 AM

    I’m dubious on the Rose thing. Will Carroll is the guy who, a few years ago, reported (in pretty big fashon) that Rose was about to be reinstated. The story blew up pretty badly. Could he possibly be going down that road again?

  12. MarkH - Dec 5, 2009 at 11:59 AM

    Craig, how boring. And — likely. If that does turn out to be the case, I’ll have to lose a little respect for Carroll.

  13. Sergio - Dec 5, 2009 at 12:08 PM

    1. The first round of the playoffs has been extended to 7 games.
    2. Instant replay expanded to all boundary plays.

  14. Micheil - Dec 5, 2009 at 3:05 PM

    Maybe one of Carroll’s big announcements is that Johan Santana has finally been traded to the Red Sox?
    Not to pick on Will, but these things are all shadow and rumors until they are finally announced…

  15. Rosey - Dec 5, 2009 at 4:24 PM

    DH should be adopted in the NL. The NL is at a great disadvantage in not being able to rest its players occasionally by letting them DH. Now that I think of it, there are a number of players in the AL that have greater lifetime records in homeruns, RBIs, runs scored and all kinds of other stats because their careers have been extended due to the DH rule.

  16. Tony A - Dec 5, 2009 at 5:17 PM

    Suspect you nailed it, but, whatever it is, if it doesn’t involve a Rose reinstatement and/or alignment of the DH rule in both leagues, no one is going to think it’s “HUGE” or a match for player signings.
    Well, maybe Butt Selig, but what the hell does he know about baseball?

  17. John - Dec 5, 2009 at 6:43 PM

    1. Season to be shortened beginning in 2011: from 162 to 154 games, no all-star game, every team to play at least two doubleheaders per month. Season to end in early September.
    2. NL DH.

  18. Ken Arneson - Dec 5, 2009 at 7:20 PM

    1. Rangers get sold to Nolan Ryan & friends
    2. Selig’s special commission recommends A’s move to San Jose

  19. JBerardi - Dec 5, 2009 at 7:34 PM

    One prediction: Will Carroll’s prediction will be completely wrong.

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