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Om Malik - GigaOM

1. If you could change one thing about the game of baseball what would it be?

As you might know I was born in India and I have an affinity with cricket and they have adopted a new form of cricket (T20) which is basically very very short form and the games are faster than Baseball. They have created a mash-up of NFL and MLB rules. They have a salary cap and they make it mandatory for teams to play certain local players instead of putting all overseas players.

What if we in MLB could do salary cap and a mandatory four players that come up through the minor league system. It can create a massively level playing field and it would also mean that teams would need operational exception. And to make it fair to the players, the salary cap be pretty generous - say $125 million, but without taxing the rich teams.

2. How would you like to see Major League Baseball exploit technology to further enhance the fan experience?

Oh I have not really thought about this. I am sort of analog like that. I think the human foibles make the game more human. I mean how else can we go out and cuss the umpires and hate on the guys who interfere with game winning home runs. If I had to make a choice, I would use RFID-type technology inside the baseball and get an honest and consistent batting zone. I think that is one power that should be taken away from umps.

3. The Red Sox and and Leo Laporte are both selling commemorative bricks. Would you rather buy a buy a brick for Fenway Park or the new TWIT Cottage?

No go for Fenway Park bricks, but Maybe from Leo :-). I am a Yankees fan, though I love Youk and Lester. They rock!

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If India can speed up a cricket match and import the new version to the United States you would see a dramatic increase in the popularity of this great sport!

July 18, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercricket gear

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