Current Baseball World Heavyweight Champions: San Diego Padres
Sons of Steve Garvey is proud to announce that it is the new home of the Baseball World Heavyweight Championship (formerly the Eye On Baseball Heavyweight Championship)! What the hell is the Baseball World Heavyweight Championship, you ask? It was created a few years back by Dayn Perry and Matt Snyder of CBS Sports' Eye On Baseball blog, as a way to combine their nerdy love of baseball with their nerdy love of wrestling. The idea is simple: Imagine the World Series Championship as a wrestling title that must be defended in every regular season series. In this scenario, the title would change hands several times throughout the year. As a bonafide wrestling nerd myself, I was fascinated with the concept and followed the history of the title on EOB closely, even mentioning it here when the Dodgers had a shot at the title.
Sometime last year, however, the updates on the title stopped. So, I recently asked Dayn Perry what was up. After being told the concept was forgotten/abandoned, I asked if I could carry on the championship here at SoSG. Dayn consented, and I am honored to be the new keeper of the championship lineage. With a new home comes a new name, the Baseball World Heavyweight Championship* (BWHC for short), and a new championship belt. Just as with the actual WWE World Heavyweight Championship, the current champion's logo will be represented in the side plates. (See above.)
Here, via EOB, are the original rules, which will remain in place. The defending World Series champions start the season with the belt. From there:
1. A team must win a series from the champion to take the belt. One game isn't going to cut it, considering it's a 162-game season and teams all view the season in terms of series.
2. If the belt-holder splits a series (two- or four-game series), it retains. Much like on a draw in boxing or a count-out situation in pro wrestling, you don't get the belt unless you actually beat the champion. A tie isn't good enough.
3. If, at the end of the regular season, the belt-holder does not make the playoffs -- and due to the dynamics of this thing, that scenario is entirely plausible -- said team will be stripped of the title for not qualifying for the postseason. Then the winner of the playoffs -- the World Series -- takes the belt and the title into the offseason.
For the 2015 season, I am implementing a new rule for rain postponements. If a game is rained out and rescheduled for later in the season (not a doubleheader in the same series), the series will be considered shortened to the number of actual scheduled games played. For example, if one game of a four-game series is rained out, that series becomes a three-game series for the purposes of tracking the championship. Furthermore, if one of the two teams is champion if/when the makeup game is played, that single game will be for the championship.
With the rules out of the way, let's look at the championship picture in 2015 so far:
This means, dear readers, that your Los Angeles Dodgers are the new #1 contenders to the Baseball World Heavyweight Championship, and get a shot at the belt against the Padres this weekend. What better way to wash the stink of getting swept in SF than to win a fake title belt? Also, as badly as I want the Dodgers to win the title (To my knowledge, they never won it while it was being tracked at EOB.), I will not allow my personal bias to cloud my judgement as Championship Commissioner, as has happened in the past.
There will be a new post updating the title history after each title change or successful defense. Big thanks again to the Eye On Baseball guys for creating this concept, and to Dayn Perry for passing the torch to me. Also, apologies in advance, as I'm about to get even nerdier than usual up in here.
*Originally, I thought the Baseball World Heavyweight Championship was going to be a placeholder name until I thought of a better one. (I didn't want to just name it the SoSG Heavyweight Championship, since it wasn't our original idea.) But the more I type it out, the more I like it. It's like when WWE took the WCW name off the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. If you have any good name ideas, though, leave them in the comments and maybe I'll use one.