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Power Rankings: Audition season needs a makeover

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So what if the Phillies lost a series to the Nationals -- they're still baseball's best team. (US Presswire)  
So what if the Phillies lost a series to the Nationals -- they're still baseball's best team. (US Presswire)  

Updated August 23

We've reached the point in the season where we hear managers talk about holding auditions for 2012. What they mean, obviously, is that they'll shift time from the guys who they know can't play worth a damn to the ones who probably can't play worth a damn. Makes sense to me. Hey, this is America, land of opportunity, right?

I can't help but wonder, though. The calendar reads Aug. 23 and 17 of the game's 30 teams have been all but mathematically eliminated from playoff contention. Maybe we oughta take this holding-auditions idea to the next level -- where, perhaps, it could double as a promotional come-on.

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We're accustomed to seeing Lucas Duda approach the plate with the quiet dignity and measured resolve of a lummox. Well, who's to say that's all he is? Surely not his Duda Abides! boy-bandmates. They could serenade the crowd before the game, then loop back during the seventh-inning stretch for a God Bless America/Take Me Out to the Ball Game encore. The crowd would boo or cheer as they see fit, thereby rendering their verdict on his audition. Democracy would rule, as it always does.

MLB's mythmaking apparatus once sold us on the notion of "Lenny Dykstra, titan of industry." Surely it can perform similar transformative magic on players far less prone to habitual deceit and berserker rage. Break out the xylophone mallet, Logan Forsythe. Interpretive-dance like nobody's watching, Ben Revere.

Until the end of September, the spotlight is yours, kind of. Make your moments in its warm embrace count.


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