Scott Boras Calls for Changes to World Series

Eli GreenspanSenior Analyst IMay 6, 2009

11 Dec 00:  Scott Boras and Tom Hicks speak at a press conference to announce the signing of Alex Rodriguez at the Wyndham Anatole during the Major League Baseball 2000 winter meeting in Dallas, Texas. Mandatory Credit: Gary Barber/ALLSPORT
Sports agent Scott Boras, in an interview with Playboy, called for changes to the World Series.

"I'd modernize it, make it five out of nine games, with the first two in a neutral city. Announce the MVP and Cy Young awards at a gala held between the playoffs and a new World Series weekend. Move the home-run contest from the All-Star game to that week too.

"The gala and home-run derby would lead to Game One of the Series on Saturday, with Game Two on Sunday. Then the Series would go on with the final seven games in the Series teams' cities. This way, different places get part of the Series. I want the World Series in Pittsburgh, Texas, Seattle.

"Teams in those markets would sell more season tickets. World Series weekend would be a major stage for corporate events; it could advance the game to the next level."

I tend to agree with Boras, and I hope that baseball will seriously consider the idea.

Moving the home run derby to the end season would probably make more players willing to participate; adding a neutral site where that team isn't in the playoffs would help ticket sales.

Baseball needs to figure out the playoff scheduling before they make radical changes to postseason play. These ideas, if implemented, would commercialize postseason baseball. Over the years, the postseason has become something not for all baseball fans, but only for the fans of specific teams.

Neutral sites, award ceremonies, and the home run derby would certainly make the World Series a circus, in a good way. 

This story was approved by MLB Rumors.