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Under Selig and newly formed committee, the fix is finally in for baseball

Commissioner Bud Selig's new 14-man special committee will "analyze ways to improve" baseball.
Commissioner Bud Selig's new 14-man special committee will "analyze ways to improve" baseball. (Jim Prisching/associated Press)

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-- What will never happen is cutting the 162-game schedule. "That idea gets zero votes" from owners," Selig said. Lost games mean lots of lost revenue.

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Is there a compromise? Could every team schedule one doubleheader per month -- a day-night, split-gate affair?

"That's an example of the kind of things we have to talk about," Selig said. "We're going to have to go outside the box."

-- Finally, hanging in the air after so many umpiring mistakes in this postseason is the issue of instant replay. As long as Selig is boss, don't expect to see much more of it in the regular season than currently exists. Over 162 games, most baseball people believe the proper attitude is, "It all evens out. Live with it."

However, more use of replay in the postseason appears to be an open subject. Modern fans are driven nutty by the idea of a pennant being decided by an incorrect umpire call that millions of TV viewers realize is incorrect within a minute. Selig gets that.

The next couple of years should be a rich opportunity for baseball to fix -- sorry -- to "improve" itself.

With its new committee and Selig's wide "best interests of the game" powers, the sport can take a broad and deep look at itself. Other constituencies, especially the union, will have their proper say in time. But for the first time in baseball, a group of the most respected people in the sport is looking squarely at the game's biggest problems. And they have the commissioner behind them.


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