I'll make an exception and actually address your comment.
Baseball can do what they did in the late 80's / early 90's. Play as many games as possible in warm weather / dome sites for the first few weeks of the season. That doesn't mean for example the Sox won't play some April games...they just won't play 16 of them....maybe six. Same for teams like the Tigers, Yankees, Mets, Cubs, Phillies etc.
The teams that would host as much as possible the first two / three weeks would be:
Toronto (roof), Tampa Bay (roof), Seattle (roof), Texas, Angels, Houston (roof), Atlanta, Miami, Arizona (roof), Dodgers and San Diego.
You could also consider playing a few more home games in San Francisco, Cincinnati, Washington, St. Louis and Baltimore.
If the Angels, Astros, Marlins et al complain, "Proud to be Your Bud" can simply tell them, 'this is in the best interests of baseball. It's better for the fans who have to try to sit through 40 degree weather and it's better for the players. Less chance of injury and you'll get a better brand of baseball...'
No guarantees that even in those cities you might not run into some bad conditions, but the odds are even if that happens it won't be as long or as severe as in the Northern / Upper Midwest.
If they STILL complain Buddy-boy can tell them, "here's a check for X millions of dollars to help make up for your 'suffering..."
I tend to think that would alleviate their probelms with this.
It's not written in the Ten Commandments by the way, that MLB HAS to open in early April, for years they didn't open until the middle of the month. The owners certainly have the option to schedule double headers or day/night double headers if they choose to do so and start a few weeks later.
They can also (GOD FORBID!) decide to shorten the season back to 154 games if they wish and actually start the extended post season earlier too.
My point is there are viable options that baseball can take to help the folks who actually make this engine go, the fans, and help the players perform better.
Hard to hit a beach ball let alone a 95 mile an hour fastball when you can't feel your hands. I've tried and I suspect you have as well.
Last edited by Lip Man 1; 04-19-2013 at 03:47 PM.