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Scott Boras wants the first two games of the World Series played at a neutral site

Sep 22, 2013, 11:15 PM EDT

Boras sulking AP

In a column posted earlier today, the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo wrote about the benefits of Major League Baseball shifting the first two games of the World Series to a neutral site, an idea spawned by super-agent Scott Boras. The aim is to revive interest in the World Series. Cafardo writes that the World Series used to be a can’t-miss event, but even other general managers and agents have stopped attending, choosing instead to watch the game from home.

Cafardo writes:

If you had two games to start the World Series in a warm-weather climate and/or dome, you’d create quite a buzz. The prelude to the game or games, Boras suggests, would be a gala, followed by a big ceremony where the Cy Young, MVP, and other awards would be part of a TV special in the host city. He calls it, baseball’s Oscars.

He adds that added corporate interest would go to a pet interest of Boras: creating a pension fund for Minor Leaguers.

Cafardo goes on, with another Boras idea:

With the inclusion of an awards ceremony, it would create a scenario in which the best players in baseball would gather at the World Series site. Boras even suggested a postseason home run derby, where stars would compete and not have to worry, as they do now at the All-Star Game, about ruining their swings for the rest of the season, which is why some of the best sluggers do not participate.

Whether we like to admit it or not, money is the driving force of this great sport and that happens by generating interest, even if it means breaking with tradition. You will get a lot more eyeballs if your Home Run Derby includes defending Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera, who chose not to participate this year’s event due to an injury. Many more people will watch, let’s say, a Pirates-Athletics World Series if, as an auxiliary portion of the World Series festivities, Yu Darvish receives the AL Cy Young award or Cabrera takes home the AL MVP award.

The chances of any of the changes suggested by Boras actually going into effect are pretty slim, but the ideas are worth considering anyway.

  1. philliesblow - Sep 23, 2013 at 8:24 AM

    So what happens when the predetermined warm weather / domed neutral site just happens to be the home field of one of the teams actually in the WS? Let’s say Dodger Stadium is the “neutral site” and the NL wins the All Star game. Suddenly a Dodgers / Tigers WS has the Dodgers with 5 home games.

    • numbr4stuna - Sep 23, 2013 at 9:35 AM

      If that scenario plays out, then you play it out as the current series format is played (2-3-2)

  2. chiadam - Sep 23, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    Because agents should be the ones running the game now. That would be best for everyone, which is to say that would be best for agents and mistresses of agents.

    • kevinbnyc - Sep 23, 2013 at 1:57 PM

      My first thought was, “Why would anyone listen to Boras about anything, ever?”

      But he’s actually got some decent ideas in there, from a commercial standpoint. I like this idea better than adding an additional wildcard team.

  3. roadryder - Sep 23, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    but the ideas are worth considering anyway.

    Actually, no. It isn’t.

  4. stublues33 - Sep 23, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    Yes Mr. Boras, that’s just what we need. Another tedious, drawn out awards show. Advertisements after each finalist is announced, video tributes, and yacking commenters. After our eyes glaze over we’ll want to watch a WS game.

  5. kcfanatic - Sep 23, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    I like it if the neutral site is Las Vegas. Let the gambling begin. Then…let the tampering begin.

  6. dexterismyhero - Sep 23, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    STFU Boras. How about weekend games being played during the day?

  7. jlinatl - Sep 23, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Decreasing the number of home games will drive the cost of the tickets up and availability way down leaving little to no chance for the season ticket holders to get seats… you know those people who sat thru snow in Cleveland and Detroit or 98 degree games in August.

    They could present Awards just before the first few games… 1 or 2 awards per game. If the Series goes more than 4 games, the Series should create its own buzz. If it doesn’t, the issue is bigger than a home run contest is going to fix.

  8. joecool16280 - Sep 23, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Not that these are great ideas but they’re not horrible. I like the out of the box thinking that is much needed in baseball. The sooner we get away from the Selig mindset and more towards ANYONE else having ideas the better. MLB desperately needs new blood in commissionership.

  9. knautika2004 - Sep 23, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    How about we go old school:
    154 game schedule
    2 week break for All Star Game – At a Neutral site
    Imagine the Home Run Derby at the LA Coliseum

    World Series
    2 – 2 – 1 – 1 – 1

  10. bh192012 - Sep 23, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    How many people from Arizona would buy tickets to watch the Cardinals play the Red Sox @ Chase Field? I don’t see how that combination will somehow land more tickets sold than if they just played their home games as normal. Would people watching TV in Kansas care? Some of the other misc ideas might be interesting to explore, but the neutral site idea is very bad once you actually think about it.

    • crackersnap - Sep 24, 2013 at 12:31 AM

      Would the pool be open?

  11. rob662013 - Sep 23, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    Where would neutral site be?? Las Vegas? Omaha (site of little league world series)? Would there be bidding by neutral sites to get the “honor”? Would it rotate every year or be the same site every year?

    This sounds like a half-baked idea. Baseball popularity has declined because it is too available(too many games), the indefinite ending time, and because the playoffs go too deep into football season.

  12. lanflfan - Sep 23, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    $cott bora$ is welcome to his opinion. My opinion is mr. bora$ is a money grubbing bastard with delusions of godhood who is horrible for the game of baseball.

    Each is a valid opinion.

  13. clearwall - Sep 23, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    I like that Boras is trying to be an agent of change(because the current situation sure is f***ed up) but this is not a good idea. Say you go to a 2-3-2 format. If the team that gets the last two games ends up winning the first two games or, even worse(for them) sweeps the first four, they wouldnt get a SINGLE home game. Glad to get the ball rolling, but this idea stinks just about as much as home field being decided at the ASG.

  14. docboss - Sep 23, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    I like it! Now add this, expand the roster by one and get rid of the DH. Just don’t ever let the Miami owner host the first two games.

  15. offseasonblues - Sep 24, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    This is such a bad idea. Baseball is not football and shouldn’t try to be like it in any way shape or form.

    In addition to all the other excellent points made so far, home field advantage in baseball actually has something to do with the field, and removing that advantage for two games is just wrong.

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