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    Question Should the World Series be at a Neutral Site?

    There is a great story on ESPN insider by Buster Olney about how he thinks the World Series needs to be at a neutral site... The more I think about it, I may agree. For one you could get it all in faster, go five games, day off, two more if necessary. It would force teams to use all five starters and bringing out the old "only as strong as your weakest link" argument. Offense would be up as staffs are thinned out. But most importantly you have a warm weather or domed stadium and you get every game in...

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    Re: Should the World Series be at a Neutral Site?

    I'd love to see them put the World Series on a neutral field in a Super Bowl style format, but I unfortunately never see it happening because Selig is a moron.



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    Re: Should the World Series be at a Neutral Site?

    My one thing about this is that most teams are built around their ballpark. would it be fair that you have a home field advantage all year and then it is not their for the most important series? ie- Twins are built to play indoors



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    Re: Should the World Series be at a Neutral Site?

    Just look at the teams that have the money and a legitamate shot year after year. New York (2), Boston, Philly, Chicago (2), Detroit. So many are in pretty tough climates, it may be necessary...

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    Re: Should the World Series be at a Neutral Site?

    Two games at each teams' ballpark, the final three in a neutral and WARM location. I've thought that for years.

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    Re: Should the World Series be at a Neutral Site?

    The only reason I don't like this is because of the corporate effect on the Superbowl and this eliminates the common fans of the team. By having it at home sites you allow the city and fans of that team to support them. It would be much harder for the common man to make the trip to a neutral site than it would to the home park.


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    Re: Should the World Series be at a Neutral Site?

    Would they be able to draw enough fans from a neutral site? I guess maybe people would travel, but it'd be interesting.


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    Re: Should the World Series be at a Neutral Site?

    It might be a good idea, but you'd never get teams like the Yankees to go for it - they have a huge stadium and can charge pretty much whatever they want to for playoff tickets and it will sell out.

    It would also solve the problem of homefield advantage coming from the allstar game which is the dumbest thing I've ever heard.



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    Re: Should the World Series be at a Neutral Site?

    Quote Originally Posted by cybsball20 View Post
    There is a great story on ESPN insider by Buster Olney about how he thinks the World Series needs to be at a neutral site... The more I think about it, I may agree. For one you could get it all in faster, go five games, day off, two more if necessary. It would force teams to use all five starters and bringing out the old "only as strong as your weakest link" argument. Offense would be up as staffs are thinned out. But most importantly you have a warm weather or domed stadium and you get every game in...

    What do you think?

    That's a pretty good argument. But before I go there, I would argue that Baseball's World Series should not be played in Late Oct / Early Nov. But not sure how you can shorten then season with two divisional playoffs + World Series


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    Re: Should the World Series be at a Neutral Site?

    I love it just the way it is


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    Re: Should the World Series be at a Neutral Site?

    I vote Honolulu.


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    Re: Should the World Series be at a Neutral Site?

    The World Series should be played in the cities where the teams reside, but it should be done by mid-October instead of Thanksgiving which is when it will eventually end up.



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    Re: Should the World Series be at a Neutral Site?

    I really don't like this idea. I agree with others about teams being built for their ballpark, etc. For me though, in the end. It takes the world series and throws the fans out the window. One nice thing about baseball, is if you are a season ticket holder and your team goes to the WS, you're almost guaranteed tickets. It gives that town something to celebrate as well. Take that away and you turn the WS into another Rich guys only get to play Hollywood production. I'm not really an Old Schooler either when it comes to baseball. But, you will be eliminating some of the great parks in baseball as possibilities if this happens. How ****** would people be in Chicago if the Cubs finally did make it and the Series is being held In Dallas this year? I don't think it's as much about weather as Baseball looking at this years series and thinking, you know, if this would have been in X-Town, we probably could have made more money off of it. If you don't like the weather, get the season over sooner and into the play offs. no excuse baseball should be going until the end of October.



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    Re: Should the World Series be at a Neutral Site?

    What I've never been able to figure out is why they don't start it earlier. I know a few teams would lose a little more money, but why not play 150 games instead of 162 and start the playoffs two weeks earlier?

    If my Cubs ever make it back to the World Series, there is no place I would rather watch than at Wrigley Field, not some neutral site.


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    Re: Should the World Series be at a Neutral Site?

    The season will never be shortened. You can't start it any earlier or you run into the same problem with the weather... You would think they could tweak the schedule to have northern teams on the road down south at the beginning of the year though...



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