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On to baseball, David Pinto responds to the Sporting News’ Ken Rosenthal, who tells us that the World Baseball Classic adds an unreasonable workload to an already overworked major league baseball player’s season. Here’s Rosenthal:
How about reducing the season from 162 games to 154, or even 140? The regular season in Japan consists of 138 games and the masses somehow endure. Give a little, get a little. But with MLB, there’s no give.
And here’s Pinto:
There’s no way the season is going to get any shorter. There is, of course, another way to reduce stress on players; expand the roster. I don’t know when the roster was set in stone at 25 players, but I believe it’s now too small. Teams keep growing their pitching staffs, reducing flexibility when it comes to position players.
Once again, David simplifies the problem and comes up with an obvious solution that seems to be beyond the pale for Selig and company.
Today’s teams are finding themselves needing more and more pitching, situational substitutions, and roster flexibility. The season is unbelievably long, (the number of sportswriters who have compared it to a marathon is beyond counting), the injuries continue to pile up…. Adding two roster spots (as David suggests) should be an easy way to get the DH out of the game, and help ease the fulltime players burden. Not to mention that the new ban on amphetamine use means that players are gonna need a little more rest than they’ve been accustomed to.
I’d vote for it, were I in a position to do so.