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HBT Daily: Is there any way to spice up the MLB draft?

May 9, 2014, 2:00 PM EST

  1. imnotyourbuddyguy - May 9, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    Allowing trades

  2. icanspeel - May 9, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    I think main problem is even the best prospects are a few years away from making an impact where as in NFL as soon as they are drafted they are expected to contribute.

    • scatterbrian - May 9, 2014 at 2:34 PM

      Yarp. Short of eliminating minor league baseball and sending draftees straight to the pros, the gap between being drafted and playing at the top level will always kill interest in the draft.

  3. sdelmonte - May 9, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    No, because most of the players drafted didn’t play on national TV for 12 weeks, or win the Heisman, or get hyped up the wazoo for two years. And most of them will spend the next two to three years in the minors. Never mind that the crapshoot of the MLB draft is even greater than that of the other sports. Fans watch the NFL draft with the belief that the player their team picks will be a star in September. And that happens often enough to make the belief not entirely a delusion. Baseball doesn’t work that way, and we are fine with that most of the time.

    Besides, the NFL is popular now because it’s popular. Not because of the quality of the games or the players. Certainly not because it has no problems. But because it feeds on its own fame to make it more famous.

  4. gloccamorra - May 9, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    Of COURSE you can spice up the MLB draft:
    Girls.In.Bikinis

  5. dowhatifeellike - May 9, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    It’s hard to get excited about people you’ve never heard of and may never even make the bigs.

  6. jonrox - May 9, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    What about auction style?

    • spursareold - May 9, 2014 at 4:16 PM

      What about Gangnam style?

  7. earpaniac - May 9, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    It will never happen. Most are lucky if they can name the 2-3 top guys who get drafted, most won’t play in the majors for years, or ever.

  8. scotttheskeptic - May 9, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    Why would we want that? Oh, wait a minute, anything to distract me from the Phillies on the field might be welcome relief.

  9. chiadam - May 9, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    Short answer: no.
    Long answer: noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.

  10. bbfictionotto - May 9, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    I would rather lose my genitals in a morbid chainsaw accident that watch a draft, any draft…unless we were drafting the 1% to go to the Middle East for 3 continuous Tours of Duty in the Army.

    I do believe we could get a pretty big TV audience without resorting to hype of any kind for THAT draft.

  11. simon94022 - May 9, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    Let’s be honest: the NFL draft is not all that significant, but it has been brilliantly overhyped. So what you are asking is whether baseball can similarly overhype an event far beyond its real significance.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - May 9, 2014 at 10:19 PM

      Indeed. I’m mostly a baseball and hockey fan, and I still have yet to get excited for a draft of any sport. The main interest for me is looking back in 5 years and seeing how various players and teams did, such as seeing the guy picked 217th who is now an all-star, the guy picked 2nd who is still in the low minors, etc.

  12. tn16 - May 9, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    They do have a combine like event, it’s all the scouting tournaments, what I could see though is making something like the little league World Series for high school Srs. Having the best HS talent in the world playing each other would be some amazing baseball to watch. Sure almost every one would be no names but by the end you would be able to know a little more about some of the guys in the draft

  13. janessa31888 - May 10, 2014 at 7:01 AM

    No, sadly. But at least they aren’t moving it back two weeks every year.

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