Picturing anarchy in Major League Baseball

May, 21, 2013
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Baseball anarchy.

That’s what Rays manager Joe Maddon says is an encroaching threat.

Maddon claims crew chief Gerry Davis told him during the Rays’ 3-1 win over Baltimore on Sunday that he would have changed a ground-rule double to a foul ball if video replay showed the ball was foul, even though replay is only to be used for home runs.

“That is baseball anarchy when you make stuff up on the field like that,” Maddon said.

Sounds ominous. No one wants anarchy, except maybe that kid in your high school algebra class who always listened to Rage Against the Machine and wore that Che Guevera T-shirt he got at the mall.

What would anarchy look like in Major League Baseball? Strap in for a descent into hell.

It would be a league where some teams are rich enough to pay whatever they want for players while other teams don’t even try to put a competitive team on the field.

It would be a league in which large market teams circumvent revenue sharing with massive, billion dollar local TV deals.

It would be a league in which teams would use $2.4 billion in public funds to build a new stadium, and then gut their roster to field a hopeless AAA-quality team.

It would be a league in which cheaters are always ahead or drug tests, while those who are caught can escape penalty on a technicality.

It would be a league in which some of the greatest players in the sport’s history don’t make the Hall of Fame.

It would be a league in which umpires would ignore video evidence simply to show their objection to video replay.

Dear god. What a nightmare. Let’s hope baseball never gets there.

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