Jewish World Review May 8, 2003 / 6 Iyar, 5763
All you need to know about Major League Baseball
It seems Major League Baseball has a price for everything,
including the World Series.
All you need to know about Major League Baseball
these days is that an Australian television programmer is
calling the shots.
David Hill has somehow persuaded Bud Selig and Don Fehr that
the winner league in the 2003 All-Star Game should give that
league the home field advantage in the World Series.
to liven up the mid-season exhibition in an effort to boost Fox's
ratings and somehow Fox has prevailed.
Commissioner Selig has to listen, Fox pays a lot of bills as a
But here seems to be the problem. Fans vote for the starting
lineups of both leagues, so you would think fans would have
a vested interest in seeing how their lineups are doing and that
would be enough of a draw for them.
But maybe baseball has
captured all of the people interested in the game.
The winner of the All-Star Game should not have any linkage
to home field advantage in the World Series but for money,
Bud Selig and his fellow owners in baseball and every other
sport will do anything, even if it cheapens the industry's crown
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© 2003, Evan Weiner