Part 2 of the FoulBallz predictions for the 2014-2015 off season, the 2015 season and beyond is here. The crystal ball has remained filled with new visions and wonders. Here is the second installment of prognostications taken straight from the bowels of…somewhere in the deep recesses of my baseball deprived (and depraved?) mind…
1) <a href=”http://www.rollingstone.com/music/videos/metallica-play-enter-sandman-for-mariano-rivera-20130923″>Mariano Rivera joins Metallica</a> on stage for a rendition of <a href=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q00SDdC7z3k”>Enter Sandman</a>. It bombs when Rivera realizes there’s more to the song that what was played whenever he entered the game.
2) After all sort MLB rules that pitch counts are for wimps and bans them, arguing, in part, that if Jack Morris could throw 120+ pitches for a complete game win, then so can everyone else. This leads to smaller bullpens and Tigers and Dodgers fans breathing a collective sigh of relief. It also leads to the 6- and 7-man rotation and a rise in the unemployment rate. On the plus side, little leagues and independent league teams have a glut of pitching coaches.
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18) After all sorts of troubles and confusion during the 2014 season, MLB gives up on <a href=”http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/2013/10/22/mlb-will-implement-a-new-replay-system-in-2014/3165179/”>instant replay</a> and tells everyone, “Baseball was played for 90 years without instant replay, it worked fine then, it’ll work fine now.” For emphasis, they add, “Yes. We know. We screwed up and made the game even longer.”
19) Deciding that Bud Selig can no longer do anything to them (and banking on the new leader being more sympathetic), the Reds finall decide to <a href=”http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/multimedia/photo_gallery/0804/mlb.best.baseball.players.numbers.0-22/content.17.html”>finally retire #14</a>.
20) <a href=”http://www.usada.org/effects-peds/”>PEDs</a> suddenly disappear from every lab in the country. The primary suspect turns out to be the leader of a tight knit group of super fans who just wanna be like A-Rod; they are found to be going for the charming personality traits PEDs bring alive within a person. But does anyone even remember Alex? Or even care about him?