Different River

”You can never step in the same river twice.” –Heraclitus

June 22, 2006

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

Filed under: — Different River @ 5:00 pm

For all you baseball fans who think you know better than your favorite team’s manager (and once upon a time this was me), here’s your chance:

The Schaumburg Flyers, a minor league baseball team in suburban Chicago has decided to let the wisdom of crowds determine its fate for the second half of the season. It will turn over to the fans decisions such as the lineup, fielding positions and pitching roster, in a project called Fan Club: Reality Baseball.

The idea is not entirely new to baseball either, as Bill Veeck, promoter extraordinaier and the owner of the White Sox, the Browns and the Indians at times in his career once had fans vote during Grandstand Managers Day at a St.Louis Browns game. The fans voted on the lineup and every major decision in the game. The Browns won too, one of their only 52 wins that year.

I read about that Browns game a long time ago, and wished I’d been there. What I want to know is how they decided what to vote on. Robert’s Rules of Order? (Imagine: “The fellow in the back moved we change pitchers. Do I hear a second?”)

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