Basketball season is over. Being a Rockets fan, I hadn’t had a horse in the race in over a month, but being a sane and logical person, I obviously wanted to see the Heat lose and the
old guys veterans on the Mavs win a championship. But now it’s over, and the long, summer sports drought has begun.
“But, Jared- what about baseball? You love the Astros!” You’re right, imaginary friend offering words of encouragement. But it’s hard to be excited about a team who is this bad. How bad, you ask? As of this morning, my beloved Astros are literally the worst team in baseball. They’re the only team in the league under .400 in winning percentage. They stink.
I’ll stick with them, because love is patient and hopes all things and endures all things. I’ve been a fan all my life. I was even a member of the “Astros Buddies” as a kid and went to AstroFest at the AstroHall next to the Astrodome. But honestly, baseball is just a placeholder between the end of basketball and the start of football. The season is too long, the games move slowly, and my team is abysmal. It’s going to be a long, long sports summer.
Here are a few suggestions to improve major league baseball:
- Shorten the season. 162 anything is too many.
- Speed up the games. Give the pitchers a “shot clock”. Speed up pitching changes. One minute between innings is plenty of time. Let’s move!
- Salary cap. I hate that the Yankees spend a billion dollars a year, while Houston’s payroll couldn’t fill up the gas tank on a’ 94 Corolla. Sure, the Yankees have more rings than anybody else- BECAUSE THEY HAVE MORE MONEY.
What changes would you make?
P.S. Congratulations to Judy Hall for winning the Eric Peters CD!