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Gary Norris Gray BASN Staff ReporterOAKLAND, CA.(BASN)-–The jig is up for Major League Baseball, just ask the cities of New York, New York, Los Angeles, and Oakland, California.
The con game is over and the cover is being lifted. MLB wants fans to attend games with minor league players on the field. MLB wants fans to buy their team’s products, and to watch inferior baseball.
The question should be asked, why do fans of the New York Metropolitans, the Oakland Athletics or the Los Angeles Dodgers support their teams?
It seems odd or a coincidence that these teams have a competitor across town to compete for the same fans. Teams that have owned or will own the city. The New York Yankees dominate the Big Apple, the San Francisco Giants own the Bay Area. With the new star first baseman and National League all star Albert Pujols joining the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. You can bet Southern California fans will be flocking to Orange County and leaving Chavez Ravine.
The Los Angeles Dodgers, the New York Metropolitans, and the Oakland Athletics are in trouble and Major League baseball has turned a blind eye and have not addressed the issues. It is business as usual moving on to the 2012 season. MLB does not want to modernize or change its product and the sport is suffering from its own stubbornness…
Bud Selig, Number 31, the Commissioner of Baseball, received a two year extension on his contract. This permits another two years of owners granting their own selfish wishes. For example adding another wild card playoff in 2012.
MLB needs to clean house from top to bottom. First MLB needs to hire a person outside of baseball with executive and promotional skills to be commissioner. An independent commissioner to move the sport forward. It will not happen until 2014 and MLB continues to stick its head into the proverbial sand and ignore all suggestions to improve its game. Baseball was once America‘s favorite past time but has slipped to the number four slot in major sports.
The McCourts-Frank and Jamie, the Dodgers, and MLB are still fighting over ownership of the franchise.
The bankruptcy courts handed down it’s final decision a month ago, but the McCourt’s appealed this decision. In the meantime the play on the field has fallen to Triple A or Double A level. The Dodger fans still have to pay major league seating prices, parking prices, and Dodger dog prices. Dodgers fans are not happy campers and they showed it by not going to 2011 games in Los Angeles.
This once proud franchise is in complete chaos and free fall. Even the security of Dodger Stadium was called into question last year after the opening day game brutal attack of San Francisco Giant fan Bryan Stow. Stow is still recovering from the attack leaving the hospital late last year and moving into rehab for therapy.
The New York Mets may never recover from the Ponzi scheme of Bernie Madoff. The Metropolitans owner Fred Wilpon got hooked and lost millions to the scheme. The New York Mets moved into their new stadium Citi Field in 2008-09 under a cloud of questions from New York City tax payers. The Mets are selling their star players to the highest bidders while at the same time asking fans to pay higher prices for tickets, parking, and food. The ownership of the new stadium is also in jeopardy and the fans suffered through another mediocre season. MLB turned its head and continued the 2011 season.
The Mets continue to stink on the field with players like pitchers R.A. Dickey and Dillion Gee, outfielders Jason Bay and Lucas Duda, and infielders David Wright and Ike Davis.
The final straw, The Oakland A’s baseball organization sold their three All Stars within months after the 2011 season ended. Closer Andrew Bailey and outfielder Ryan Sweeney went to the Boston Red Sox, Trevor Cahill went to the Arizona Diamondbacks and starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez to the Washington Nationals.
This is Money Ball at its best under the guise of General Manager Billy Beane. The Oakland A’s are selling off or dismantling stars and acquiring or stockpiling prospects. The Oakland organization is telling the world that we are not going to win anything for another four years. The Oakland A’s have not won since 2006, losing the American League Championship against Detroit and will not win this year with young players like outfielder Josh Reddick, Miles Head, and right-hander Raul Alcantara, all under the age of 21. The fans cannot even name the starting line up because the Oakland A’s keep changing every three years. The A’s Organization refuses to pay free agents top dollar and are content to be a 2nd tier team.
What is troubling, other teams are now following the Money Ball method of running a baseball team. With Commissioner Bud Selig’s wishes. Baseball continues to slide down the American popularity poll.
The A’s new management bought the team years ago and tried to relocate this team from the city of Oakland. The A’s have requested a new ball park in the South Bay i.e. Santa Clara and San Jose but they have to fight the San Francisco Giants for territorial rights. The Giants have refused this request, so the new owners are moving in another direction maybe Nevada.
Baseball still does not get it and with these three struggling teams they never will. Remember the Kansas City Royals and Pittsburgh Pirates are still climbing out of the cellars of both leagues. Without the help of MLB. Royal and Pirate fans have had to endure 30 or more years of sub par baseball. Now MLB has added three more teams to this list.
Baseball fans have to take it into their own hands and not attend games of the New York Mets, Oakland A’s, and Los Angeles Dodgers to make their message clear. Put a product on the field that can compete for a division title.
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