By this point in the year, we were supposed to be at the park with a brat in one hand, brew in the other, and enjoying some baseball in 85-degree weather. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, we're all stuck at home patiently waiting for things to change so we can resume life as we once knew it.
Phillies star, Bryce Harper, is like all of us -- furiously constructing plans to start the MLB season and honestly, his proposal isn't half bad.
Saturday morning Harper took to Instagram with a well-constructed list of ideas. Take a look.
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Baseball Season:⠀ Beyond the health and safety which comes first for all players, staff, workers, fans, and families. ⠀ ⠀ Just an idea I have been thinking about. ⠀ ⠀ East/West like NBA. ⠀ ⠀ July 31 days⠀ August 31 days ⠀ September 30 days ⠀ October 31 days ⠀ November 15 days ⠀ 135 games. ⠀ Off day every 2 weeks on a Monday and Sunday double header 7 innings. ⠀ ⠀ 30 players. 6 man rotation. Save arms. IF pitchers wanted this. If not no big deal. DH and any other ideas possible.⠀ ⠀ Playoffs ⠀ 2 week World Series. Like Super bowl week. ⠀ ⠀ 10 teams round robin format College World Series kinda style at the new Texas Stadium or whatever stadium/ stadiums are best. 3 game series. You win the series you move on. You lose you play the other loser in a 1 game wildcard. Winner of that moves on. Other team is out. ⠀ Or you could play it in Vegas so you have the Strip Hotels and could use one hotel for all the guys and contain possibly? ⠀ ⠀ 2 teams left 7 game World Series. They get 2 days off before the series. With those 2 days off you do a All Star Game and homerun derby. Could do the MLB awards as well at that time. ⠀ ⠀ Open this up on all platforms. No blackouts. Open it for everybody to watch. ⠀ Then you back up season the next 2 years. May 1st 2021. April 1st 2022. Maybe I’m crazy. Just fun to think about and throw around ideas🤪
There's a lot to sort through in Harper's plan, but the outfielder does have some logical rules in it. East and West divisions, a way to fit in 135 games while giving players rest days and pitchers an extra game in between starts and an innovative playoff format are all exciting concepts.
Here's how some fans are reacting to the idea:
Ok I gotta admit a one-off CWS style format would be awesome.— Alex Gam (@AlexGam2013) May 16, 2020
Astros win the World Series.— Braixen (@SurfingTheAnime) May 16, 2020
The no blackout is the best part— Wilmer* (@WK_Rodriguez) May 16, 2020
What do you think? Is Harper on to something?
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