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One of the Neatest Traditions in Baseball Gets a New Addition

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We have touched on it before–the President’s Race in Washington is one of the best traditions in baseball.

This year, there’s a new sheriff in town, and his name’s Bill. Bill Taft. Anyone expecting a blimp of a founding father had to be surprised to find a trim, cool looking rendition of our nation’s 27th president.

The racing presidents have enough popularity that they’ve even earned their own page on the Nationals official website.

Taft probably should have been unveiled long ago. He was the first president to ever throw out a first pitch at a major league ballgame in 1910 at Griffith Stadium.

The Washington Nationals finally Let Teddy Win!

On the day when the underdog Nationals became the number one seed in the National League, another underdog had his day in the sun. Finally.

It’s been a long tradition of Teddy Roosevelt finding a way to lose the presidents race held in the middle of Nats games. In a symbolic turn of events that’s been rumored for weeks, Teddy finally won one for the gipper.

Teddy and the Nationals will now begin to prepare for either the Cardinals or Braves in the NLDS.

2011 is here

This is probably the one day in which baseball has absolutely no dog in the fight or skin in the game. Basketball is in full swing, and the NHL Winter Classic takes place later this evening at Heinz Field. NCAA Bowl Games are getting underway right now. It’s just not a buzzing time of year for Major League Baseball.

That said, I would like to say to all readers and guests of Diamond Hoggers that I hope that 2011 is the greatest year you’ve ever had and many healthy and happy days of fortune are in store for you and your family. It’s gotta happen for someone; right?

And if you’re wondering why I put that picture up there of pork and sauerkraut, it’s a tradition. My mother makes that dish every year on January 1st. It’s supposed to be good luck. I love to wallop some pork and sauerkraut on this day.

Shorten the Regular season? Blasphemy

This will be a topic of discussion on tonight’s edition of The Baseball Show by Diamond Hoggers podcast, but we recently read a post by Rob Neyer over on ESPN’s SweetSpot blog in which he comes up with a few ideas to shorten the regular season:
Of course, no one can control Mother Nature, but the decision-makers can take steps to make sure the elements don’t become a factor.
First, start the season a week earlier.
Then, shorten the regular season. This would not require too much heavy lifting. Sure, there’s a better chance of Selig apologizing for the Steroid Era than slicing any games off the 162-game schedule, but adding regularly scheduled doubleheaders to all 30 team calendars could have the same condensing effect.
Major League Baseball has gotten away from playing doubleheaders, but Ernie Banks had the right idea: It’s a beautiful day for a ballgame. Let’s play two!
The only thing better than watching a baseball game at a major league park would be watching two games on the same day for the price of one. That’s how it used to be every Sunday and on holidays in the Show. Now the only time two games are played on the same day is when a prior game between the same teams is postponed due to inclement weather or some other unforeseen circumstances.
But the status quo doesn’t have to stay the status quo. Why not start scheduling a series of day-night doubleheaders on weekends during the season? Owners could still get gate receipts for two games, and if every team played four or five doubleheaders a season, that would cut a week off the season.
Now, this one we actually like. The suggestion doesn’t actually ‘shorten’ the regular season in terms of the 162 regular season games, which we think is a MAJOR no-no.
The 162 game schedule needs to stay, and we’ll talk about the reasons that it should always be that amount on tonight’s show.
This is not the first talk we’ve heard of Baseball needing to do something about the length of the regular season so that postseason games aren’t played in late October and early November.
If you’ve got an opinion on this, weigh in on it in the comments section. Personally, we’re traditionalists. Playing 162 games forces the cream to rise to the top, and it forces players to run the gauntlet of consistency to have a ‘great’ season statistically.
More on this on tonight’s podcast.