I am a baseball junkie. I really enjoy reading about the history of the game. When I was a kid I used go to the public library and read all the baseball books, especially the hisotrical ones. I love reading about the dead ball era players; Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Honus Wagner, etc. Lately, I've been into reading about the 19th century players. The game of the 19th century is really interesting. So I guess I am a purist and a stat head. I am a HUGE Giants fan. I know how the game is played and why things happen on the field like they do.
1) Go back to two divisions, no wildcard. Heck, go back to no divisions, pre 1969 (and I'm a Giants fan).
2) Return to the four man rotation
3) Dump the DH
4) Weekend World Series games MUST be played during the day.
5) Return of the doubleheaders.
6) No freaking music when a player comes to bat
7) No fan voting for the All-Star game.
They have shown that as a group, they have no freaking idea on how to vote for the most deserving players. Soriano and Matusi starters? I can live with Soriano (He is exciting to watch!) but Matsui? Or at least have three part voting where the fans, players and sportswriting and anouncers vote. That way there is no way some off the wall fan selection gets voted in.
"Stat Head" views
1) BA is overrated, OBP much more valuable
2) I read all of Bill James' books
3) Sabermetrics is the future
4) My list of way overrated players: Helton, Jeter, Soriano, Abreu, Ichiro
5) My list of underrated players: B. Boone, Sexton, Jason Giambi, Manny Ramirez, Jim Thome
6) I prefer H2H vs roto
7) I enjoyed Moneyball, I hope Jeremy Brown becomes an All-Star so he can tell all the scouts that said he sucked to "shove it!"