"Basically, if you're not an elite athlete, it means we won't even look at you, we won't even come and watch you play," said O & # 39; Conner, who grew up in the Minor League games in Columbus, Ohio, where he watched pint-sized Freddie Patek, who became a triple all-star on lap 22. "You won't miss No. 1, but if you talk about cutting the draft after the 20th, you will miss some players."
You may also miss future managers. St. Louis Cardinals' Mike Shildt, National League Manager of the Year, grew up around minors because his mother worked for a team in Charlotte. NC Shildt never played professional baseball, but started at the Cardinals in the short season and rose to the majors.
"I feel strong about it, because without it I might not be where I am," said Shildt. “Thankfully, I had to cut my teeth at a lower level where a lot of people, players and employees do just that. So if you exclude this opportunity, take some people with you who could make the difference in our sport on or off the field. "
That is part of the reason why this edition stands out. The special thing about baseball is the enormous amount of possibilities to connect to the game at the highest level. In almost every corner of the country there is a game between players every day with direct connections to the majors.
If you restart the system, you may not be planning 162 games in the major subjects and may not have 160 partner teams in the minor subjects. But inefficiency is part of the charm of baseball. it is readily available. M.L.B. risks hiding his product from people who are used to seeing it.
Baseball refuses the same mentality to plan a day game for the World Series for more than three decades and allows playoff games to air on FS1 instead of Fox. There seems to be no concern about alienating the fan in Iowa City, who is prevented by the secret blackout rules from using six teams – Kansas City, Milwaukee, Minnesota, St. Louis and both Chicago teams – on his online streaming service to see.