THE hubbub over Fay Vincent, commissioner of baseball, who resigned at the request of 18 of the 28 major league team owners, could have been avoided if a proposal we heard the other day had been enacted.
The proposal: Have the American people elect the commissioner in the quadrennial presidential elections.
It's the "national pastime," after all, so why shouldn't the nation have a say in who runs the game? Besides, having an election for baseball commissioner will bring out the vote.
Most of the Joe (and quite a few of the Jane) Six-packs we know would much rather exercise their franchise for a baseball commissioner than for a president. They'd monopolize the sports talk shows for weeks before the election, arguing for this or that candidate.