MLB owners will vote today on a new Commissioner, thus ending the 22-year reign of Bud Selig. The final three candidates are:
- MLB Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred
- Boston Red Sox chairman Tom Werner
- MLB Executive Vice President of Business Tim Brosnan
Under Bud Selig's tenure, we've seen a multitude of changes - the introduction of the Wild Card, interleague play, a cancelled World Series, 20 years of labor peace, draft caps, international free agent caps, the creation of a luxury tax, the relocation of the Montreal Expos to Washington, elimination of home plate collisions, the implementation of instant replay, the creation of the MLB Network, the creation of MLBAM, MLBTV and advanced media, greater revenue sharing, increased attendance across the board, and an explosion in revenues overall.
What's next for baseball? What are you looking for in a new Commissioner? If you were named Commissioner, what changes to the game would you bring?
Player salaries: Salaries have continued to rise, but have fallen as a percentage of MLB's overall revenues. What, if anything should be done about player salaries?
Team payrolls: Baseball implemented a luxury tax designed to punish teams that go over a certain threshold in player payroll. For the most part, teams have stayed under this threshold, although the Dodgers among others have zoomed right past it. What, if anything should be done about team payrolls?
Amateur Players: MLB has instituted a cap on draftees and international free agents, but has exempted Cuban and Japanese free agents. The cap on draftees fell under criticism this year after the Astros badly bungled their negotiations and failed to several draftees, including their top pick. What, if anything, should be done to reform these systems?
Internationalizing the game: Baseball has hosted regular season games in Australia and Japan and is prepared to host games in Europe. What, if anything should be done to internationalize the game?
Blackout restrictions: Baseball has given fans greater access to games than ever with regional sports networks televising nearly every game, and MLBTV providing access to out-of-town games, but local games are still under harsh blackout restrictions. What, if anything, should be done about blackout restrictions?
On-Field Rules: Baseball has implemented instant replay and new home plate collision rules designed to improve the game. These rules may need modification however, and additional rules may be needed to speed up the pace of the game or counteract pitching dominance. What rule changes, if any, should baseball implement?
Franchise Location: The situation in Oakland seems untenable with their current stadium situation, yet the San Francisco Giants are blocking their ability to relocate to San Jose. Emerging markets like Charlotte, Portland, San Antonio, and Oklahoma City are without franchises, and wealthy Monterrey, Mexico may prove to be an attractive market as well. What, if anything, should baseball do about franchise relocation or expansion?
Drugs in baseball: Baseball has finally implemented a PED testing program, but still punishes for recreational drugs, although a loophole allows teams to circumvent this. What, if anything, should be done about baseball's drug policy?
Other issues a new Commissioner may have to deal with:
Should Pete Rose be reinstated?
Can baseball do more to combat concussions?
Should baseball take a harder line against personnel arrested for domestic violence/sexual abuse?
What can be done to improve baseball slumping ratings for nationally televised events? (local games seem to do quite well regionally).
Should anything be done about the growing disparity in revenues from regional sports networks?
Should anything be done about the difference in rules between leagues on the designated hitter?
What do you think?