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Baseball has become such a cut-and-dry business, that owners are one in the same in their approach to building and marketing a team.
Some franchises have more free-spending owners, and some have more hands-on owners, but they all follow the same basic approach to running a team.
Back in the day that wasn't always the case, and one owner in particular who jumps to mind as being original in his approach was Charlie O. Finley of the Athletics.
Finley made some memorable additions to the Kansas City Athletics stadium, here are just a few of them:
—A device that came out of the ground named "Harvey" that was a rabbit holding a basket of balls for the umpire when a new ball was needed.
—A compressed air device named "Little Blowhard" that blew dirt off of home plate so the umpire didn't need to dust it off.
—A petting zoo with goats, sheep, monkeys, bats and birds among other things down the left-field line.
—A flock of sheep wearing Athletics blankets, complete with shepherd, down the right-field line.
—He attempted to move the right-field wall in to 296 feet, putting some bleachers in right field with a makeshift fence around them. The league shot that idea down, however.
These are the sort of things that you may find at the minor league level these days, but returning some out-of-the-box thinking to the major league level would certainly be interesting.