Ferdinand Cesarano

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  1. Portland and other MLB expansion name possibilities

    The name "Dragons" fulfills the requirement of being the same in French as in English. But, like you, I assume that any new team would use the name "Expos".
  2. Portland and other MLB expansion name possibilities

    Supporting a team that's subservient to another is a whole different ballgame than supporting an MLB club. I'm not saying Portland should necessarily get a team or anything, but I just don't think this is necessarily the be-all, end-all argument against a Portland team. Per-game attendance averages: 1990 Miami Miracle (A) - 686 1991 Miami Miracle (A) - 870 1993 Florida Marlins - 37,838 1994 Florida Marlins - 32,838 1991 Denver Zephyrs (AAA) - 7640 1992 Denver Zephyrs (AAA) - 4826 1993 Colorado Rockies - 55,350 1994 Colorado Rockies - 57,570 1996 Phoenix Firebirds (AAA) - 3718 1997 Phoenix Firebirds (AAA) - 2932 1998 Arizona Diamondbacks - 44,571 1999 Arizona Diamondbacks - 37,280
  3. Portland and other MLB expansion name possibilities

    The soccer examples are directly comparable. The point is that the level of support for a lower league team in a city does not predict what the support will be for a top league team.
  4. NFL Throwback Thursdays

    That is a wonderful jersey/pants combo; I especially love the pants stripes. But that wordmark has always looked terribly awkward on the helmet. Instead, use the 1975 logo, which was always meant to be paired with that uniform style.
  5. Portland and other MLB expansion name possibilities

    From events in soccer we now know that that is faulty reasoning. The attendance numbers of the USL's Seattle, Montreal, and Atlanta teams gave no hint of the huge crowds that MLS teams in those cities would draw.
  6. Los Angeles Rams Brand Discussion

    Bingo. You pick your battles. We've seen times when an owner feels he needs to buck the NFL, and we will again. But nobody's going to do it over something as inconsequential as uniforms. As I said, this makes sense. But that bit about the fines coming out of the office workers' salaries was pretty silly.
  7. Los Angeles Rams Brand Discussion

    Come on. You cannot be serious about this. A fine would not come out of the salaries of the office workers. It wouldn't come out of anyone's salaries. It would be like operating expenses. And it would be negligible in the grand scheme of things. I know that rich people didn't become rich by giving away money. But by accepting this fine and wearing their throwbacks, the Rams would be getting something in return, namely, the fans' goodwill. The reason that @Gothamite gave for the team's unwillingness to buck the league is a reasonable speculation. He said: But what you are saying about the team needing to cut employees' salaries to pay the fine makes no sense.
  8. MLB Changes 2017

    So Boston Braves and Atlanta Braves are the same franchise? Damn that BOS-ATL interleague "rivalry" for making me think there was actually something to fight for between those two teams. Same franchise, with a stop in Milwaukee in between. And Eddie Mathews played for them in all three cities. They had a strong intracity rivalry with the Red Sox; so linking the two teams for an interleague rivalry does make some sense.
  9. MLB Changes 2017

    The name "Braves" has been borne by only one franchise. I wouldn't mind if a new team in Montreal were called "Expos" as long as there were no f-ed up record-book shenanigans like with the Browns or the Hornets. The Senators model is the one to follow. (Maybe the sensible Canadians will notice that the Winnipeg Jets followed that model, and will do likewise.)
  10. Los Angeles Rams Brand Discussion

    The thing is that it is ultimately on the Rams. Pardon me for repeating this, but they could wear their throwbacks and say to the league: "do your worst". What's the league going to do? Forfeit the games? Suspend the franchise? No; the league will levy a fine. This is a small price to pay for creating goodwill amongst the fans and for protecting the team's brand identity.
  11. MLB Changes 2017

    And that’s why this won’t happen. That would revert to only a two-round playoff, like 1969-1993. Less revenue, not happening. Shame. I like that idea, too. Especially your ideas about scheduling in a four-division league. Note that four divisions per league would result in three rounds of post-season play including the World Series, just like today: the first round with all 8 divisional champions, the LCS round, and then the World Series.
  12. MLB Changes 2017

    Not for long I say. Like you I love that the DH is in one league and not the other but it makes too much sense from a business perspective to eventually have the DH in both leagues and sadly that day will come sooner than later because baseball is still a business at the end of the day. Unlike many though, Interleague play doesn't bother me. I see more positives to it than negatives and it also isn't going anywhere. I also think there are ways that interleague play could work (or could have worked) even if the leagues were still different/apart. The things I hated about interleague play were the following: League records for each accomplishment meant almost as much as the Major League record. When Pete Rose was a free agent in 1979, this was before it became apparent that he would catch Ty Cobb's hit record; the focus was on his trying to pass Stan Musial's N.L. mark. For that reason he didn't even consider signing with an Americal League team. Also, Rose's 44-game hitting streak became a National League record, tying him with Wee Willie Keeler. How would someone reach that mark now that the concept of a "National League game" is gone? If a National Leaguer hit in 45 consecutive games, would he hold the N.L. record, even though some of those hits would have came against A.L. teams, and some even in A.L. parks? There is no good answer to this. The record book is just f-ed. Interleague play ruins the scheduling. People tout Yankee-Met games and Cubs-Sox games. But, for every one of those, there are plenty of Cardinals-Mariners games or Tigers-Diamondbacks games or some other matchup that no one thinks is special. So we lose games between actual rivals in order to accommodate this silly gimmick. Also, teams within a given division play different schedules. Teams in different divisions play different schedules, a fact which diminishes the fairness of the wild cards; but this occurs also within divisions because of the "rivalry matchups". The Mets play the Yankees every year, even if the N.L. East is matched up with a different A.L. division for that year. This undermines the integrity of the divisional races. At the next expansion when two new teams come in and bring the total of teams to 32, Major League Baseball could drop interleague play and the wild card, and could realign each league into four 4-team divisions. Every team could play its three divisional rivals 14 times (42 games) and the 12 teams from the other three divisions 10 times a piece (120 games), for a total of 162 games. And only division winners would advance to the playoffs, restoring the prestige and the importance of finishing in first place. The result would be that the identities of each league would be strengthened, and that the World Series would have added meaning. Of course I realise that that will not happen, as the people running the game (and also most of the fans) have no respect for baseball history.
  13. MLB Changes 2017

    Right. Whenever I found myself in conversations about the designated hitter, I would assert that the best thing about it is that one league has it and the other does not. (I also debunked the silly allegations about the DH removing strategy from the game by noting that it allows managers greater freedom to pinch-hit for other players and to use pinch-runners. But that's another story.) I was a strong supporter of the DH; but I never wanted the N.L. to adopt it, because I also always appreciated the non-DH style. I found it fascinating how the appearance of the opposing pitcher at the plate could sometimes put extra pressure on a pitcher due to the fact that the pitcher batting was expected to be an easy out. More important, I wanted to preserve the distinction between the leagues. I will mention that interleague play is the thing that drove me away from following baseball (though I remain interested in baseball history and, of course, in the uniforms). So the death of the leagues and the merging of the umpiring staffs are things that I really don't like. (Pictures of Joe West umpiring a game between two American League teams make me twitch.) It is kind of ironic that the distinction on the question of the DH persists even long after the leagues themselves have died. One wonders how long that will last.
  14. Los Angeles Rams Brand Discussion

    It has been reported that the Rams asked the league for permission to wear their throwbacks, but the league turned them down. This is what annoys me. The team could go ahead and wear the throwback uniforms anyway, and just pay the fine, the way that FedEx and UPS accept parking tickets as a cost of doing business.
  15. MLB Changes 2017

    The league offices were abolished in 1999. The Leagues themselves are still in existence. Right. Major League Baseball (usually referred to through the late 1960s / early 1970s as "Organised Baseball") was an umbrella entity set up by agreement between two leagues. Regulation of rules and other playing standards lay with those two leagues. Each league hired its own umpires; and each had its own administration. The final arbiter in disputes in each league was the league president. (Such as when Lee MacPhail got it wrong in 1983.) The leagues had different rules on various matters, such as on suspended games (no curfew in the N.L.) on tiebreaker playoffs (best-of-three in the N.L. before 1969), and on visits to the mound by position players (the A.L. allowed fewer players to gather). And, of course, there eventually was the designated hitter, on which each league voted separately and reached differing decisions. The leagues also made their own scheduling rules, with the American League going to the balanced schedule in 1979, while the National League continued to play more games against each divisional opponent until the 1993 expansion. And that expansion was the first time that there had ever been a Major League expansion draft; before then, each league conducted its own expansion draft for the rounds of expansion in both leagues in 1961-62 and in 1969, and in the American League in 1978. Now Major League Baseball is the league, and the American League and the National League no longer exist as legal entities. Those names are used merely as labels; the American League has no greater existence than does the American League East.