In the past I’ve presented the baseball universe with some predications for the upcoming season. I see no reason to stop. So without further ado, here’s what I see happening this season:
- Netting will end up costing MLB millions of dollars due to more failings—like those in Tampa and Boston in 2016. These failings will result in lawsuits MLB will automatically lose. Manfred sees the issue more clearly again and rescinds his “recommendation.”
- MiLB will suffer similar legal problems due to their netting.
- HBO Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel will be cancelled when HBO realizes Gumbel is sensationalizing dangers in sports, rather than being fair and balanced.
- The 1500 fans who are generally on their phones during each baseball game will suddenly find there’s an electronic blackout in each stadium in order to save them from themselves.
- MLB and MiLB will finally heed warnings and assign children specific areas in the upper decks and in the outfields, away from the greatest dangers.
- People who want MLB to net areas and take responsibility for the lack of fan common sense are outraged by the electronics blackout in each stadium and the family areas and boycott baseball…making it more enjoyable for the rest of us.
- Bryant Gumbel issues a formal apology for his poor journalism on HBO Real Sports.
- When he does, nobody cares and every child who’s a baseball fan asks, “Who’s Bryant Gumbel?”
- The Miami Marlins will announce they are moving to Montreal.
- MLB announces there will be two expansion teams. One will be in Mexico City and the other in Las Vegas. MLB admits these are gambles, but think they can beat the house.
As you can see, it’s gonna be an interesting season. Lots of changes. Lots of improvements. All for the best. I’m especially certain about the Marlins announcing a move to Montreal and the expansion team in Mexico City (though I know that won’t happen).
Feel free to leave you thoughts on what will happen during the 2017 season. Stay tuned for part 2 next week!