Nine to Know: Baseball Petitions – Me the People

by Bill Chuck on February 11, 2013

Here are Nine Baseball Petitions

In September 2011, President Obama’s team created We the People, an on-line petition program on the White House site. As the site states:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

-The First Amendment, United States Constitution

The right to petition your government is guaranteed by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. We the People provides a new way to petition the Obama Administration to take action on a range of important issues facing our country. We created We the People because we want to hear from you. If a petition gets enough support, White House staff will review it, ensure it’s sent to the appropriate policy experts, and issue an official response.

There are some important ideas being generated on the site but majority of the petitions are simply frivolous.

Which is where I come in.

I have created some petitions about baseball which can only get attention if you sign your name to them.

There are two critical thresholds for We the People. First, a minimum number of signatures is necessary for the petition to be publicly listed on We the People and searchable. Second, a minimum number of signatures is necessary in a given amount of time in order for the petition to be reviewed by the White House, distributed to the appropriate policy officials within the Administration and receive an official response.

Petitions that do not cross this threshold in the given timeframe will be removed from the site.

  • To cross the first threshold and be searchable within WhiteHouse.gov, a petition must reach 150 signatures within 30 days.
  • To cross the second threshold and require a response, a petition must reach 100,000 signatures within 30 days.

There is one baseball related petition that I was able to find:

WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO:

have the new bridge (2014) connecting Missouri & Illinois (downtown St Louis) named after MLB Hall of Famer Stan Musial

Thanks to a federal grant, a new bridge is under construction connecting Missouri and Illinois in and near downtown St Louis. We believe this bridge should be named after “Baseball’s Perfect Night”, retired St Louis Cardinals, MLB Hall of Famer Stan Musial. In addition to his on field accomplishments and contributions to baseball. Mr Musial’s contributions to his community, his country, and countless of charities are well documented. He recently received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2010. We ask that federal officials submit naming of this bridge in honor of Mr Stan Musial. We also request federal officials to encourage and ask Governor Nixon (MIssouri) and Governor Quinn (Illinois) for their blessing and consent for this honor.

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/have-new-bridge-2014-connecting-missouri-illinois-downtown-st-louis-named-after-mlb-hall-famer-stan/vqmp19r5

 

Here are petitions I have created:

WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO:

Make the penalty for first-time MLB PED offenders one year from the time of the infraction.

There has been much discussion about the penalties for PED cheaters. The official viewpoint from the parties involved is, that with the increased level of testing, the fear of being caught is a enough of a deterrent.

However, there are many of us who feel that being caught is simply not enough. The current 50-game suspension for first-timers is a penalty that does not fit the crime.

A full-year out of the game and minus salary can only prove to be more discouragement.

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/make-penalty-first-time-mlb-ped-offenders-one-year-time-infraction/6Q7qYj9

 

Eliminate the Designated Hitter

It’s time for Major League Baseball to return to its roots and have pitchers bat. The game will increase in excitement as managers will be forced to make decisions throughout the game. Uniformity will make for a more exciting contest.

 https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/eliminate-designated-hitter/t7NCjPVb

 

Have both leagues use the Designated Hitter

It’s time for both the American and National Leagues to end the inconsistency of having pitchers bat. The game will increase in excitement as offense will grow with the absence of pitchers at the plate. Uniformity will make for a more exciting contest.

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/expand-designated-hitter-both-leagues/njdSvQTG

Require that Major League Baseball have at least one daytime World Series game each season

Fans should have the opportunity to see a World Series game and still be able to be awake and functional the next day.

Most importantly, kids deserve a chance to see their team play in a World Series both for rooting interest and for the successful continuance of the fan base. If kids can’t see the excitement of the World Series they may not get hooked on America’s great sport in the future.

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/require-major-league-baseball-have-least-one-daytime-world-series-game-each-season/tkzcTTxC

Invite the Cubs to the White House as if they won the World Series

The Cubs have not won the World Series since 1908 and they don’t look to be in the position to do it any time soon.

This is just good karma.

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/invite-cubs-white-house-if-they-won-world-series/rkk1nMsG

Award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Vince Scully

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian award in the United States. It recognizes those individuals who have made “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors”

Vincent “Vin” Scully is a national treasure who has brought erudition not to just Dodgers fans but to all baseball fans. In his 63 years as the play-by-play announcer for both the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers, the longest tenure of any broadcaster with a single team in professional sports history, he has been the voice of history

He is deserving of every honor and should be saluted while he is alive to appreciate it.

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/award-presidential-medal-freedom-vince-scully/bVFcn0mV

Make the MLB All-Star Game no longer “count”

Make the MLB All-Star game fun. Experiment with unlimited substitutions in and out of the game, then we can watch the great players be in the game both at the beginning and at the end of the games.

Experiment with all sorts of instant replays.

Experiment with fun.

Award World Series home field to the team with the best regular season record and put the classic back into the Mid-Summer Classic.

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/make-mlb-all-star-game-no-longer-count/29N5wxkP

Eliminate MLB rosters expanding to 40 players in September

All season long, MLB teams compete with a 25-man roster and then in September, when every game is critically important, we change the rules and 40 players are eligible to play for each team.

Create a taxi squad for teams in September in which a 25-man roster must be determined before the start of each game. Players may not be put on the taxi squad more than six times in the month and pitchers may not be permitted for than three times.

This will create equity and strategy to the already exciting final month of the season.

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/eliminate-mlb-rosters-expanding-40-players-september/BTwgJTSn

 

Please sign as many of the petitions as you support and pass this collection on to anyone who might be interested.

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