Perhaps It Is Time For The MLB To Adopt The Boomerang Concept For Drafting Rounds
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We have all gone into pools/player drafts where we drew the worst card possible and then picked last. To offset the sting of this a lot – in the ‘interest of fairness’, the draft worked like a boomerang.
If there are 30 guys picking, the 30th guy picks the last selection in the 1st round, but then he is able to pick 1st in the 2nd round. Maybe it is time for the MLB to take this action for its Amateur Draft each year?
There has been so much talk about tanking by the teams like Phillies, Braves, Reds, Brewers, Padres and Rockies all following the path paved by the Cubs, Astros, Royals, Pirates, Nationals, Rays and Twins in yesteryear.
KC and Pittsburgh both had 2 decades of shame before they turned their franchises around to respectability. The Rays (once named the Devil Rays) failed to top 72 wins for the first 9 seasons since their inception to the MLB in 1998. before showcasing 80 wins for every year since 2008.
The Astros and Cubs were the last 2 clubs to implement the ‘tanking system’.
Minnesota Twins were a crappy team from 1993 – 1999 after having nailed down 2 World Series in 1987 and 1991. From the lean years of the 90’s, they built up a nice plethora of young talent in their Minor League System – fashioning 6 AL Central wins from 2000 – 2010.
The Twinkies then lost at least 90 games for the next four years, fired Ron Gardenhire, and have 2 of the best young players in the planet like Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton to shape their next run at greatness.
I have said on many occasions that the lone wolf in building a legacy has been Billy Beane. His 8 playoff appearances and 6 AL West titles despite never tanking it up in several on the fly ‘rebuilds’ and shoestring budget is incredible.
Up until 2015 they had never lost 90 games in his tenure.
Honestly, using the boomerang method of drafting for every 2 rounds would certainly curtail all teams from prolonged tanking to an extent.
Sure you would still be able to help those poor teams that really need the help with the top half selections of the 1st RD, but you there is also slim pickings available after picks 60 – 75.
Teams could still trade picks, acquire other 1st RD picks through Qualifying Offers and such, but this levels out the playing field just a little bit in my view.
The MLB can’t go to a lottery system, as that wouldn’t serve the clubs like Oakland – who are trying to stay competitive by keeping payroll down just to stay alive in the league.
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About hunterstokes21I Played NCAA Baseball at Liberty University in the 90's with Sid Bream's kid Sheldon. Once Hit a Home Run by hitting a hot air balloon that was coming over 2nd base (It was agreed that if a balloon was hit before game by the umpires and coaches - even though they were setting up in LF/CF Bleachers). I believe in the "Church Of Baseball". Come in for worship anytime.
Posted on February 18, 2016, in MLB Reports and tagged Atlanta Braves, billy beane, bryce harper, Byron Buxton, chicago cubs, cincinnati reds, colorado rockies, houston astros, kansas city royals, miguel sano, milwaukee brewers, Minnesota Twins, MLB Amateur Draft, MLB CBA 2016, MLB Qualifying Offer, MLB Revenue Sharing, MLB Tanking Issue, philadelphia phillies, pittsburgh pirates, Ron Gardenhire, san diego padres, stephen strasburg, tampa bay rays, washington nationals. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.