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Blackwater bats for revival of 'protected list' in PBA

Christian Standhardinger was drafted first overall by San Miguel Beer. PBA Media Bureau

It is time to bring back an old PBA rule to ensure balance in the league, according to Blackwater owner Dioceldo Sy.

Sy noted that back in the 1980s, the PBA enforced a “protected list” that kept the league’s best big men from playing in just one team. At the time, Mon Fernandez, Abet Guidaben, Manny Victorino and Yoyoy Villamin were the best big men of the league.

“I hope to bring back the old PBA ruling of the protect list … so it would be nice to see like (Poy) Erram playing against Japeth (Aguilar), Japeth playing against (Greg) Slaughter, si (June Mar) Fajardo playing against Christian Standhardinger, ‘di ba?” Sy told sports website Spin

Sy made the suggestion following the controversial trade that sent Fil-German big man Standhardinger to San Miguel. This will allow him to team up together with Fajardo, who is already a 4-time PBA Most Valuable Player.

“It will be fair for everybody and it will be good and fantastic for our PBA fans to see all the big men playing against one another,” Sy said. “It’s so hard to see Guidaben, Fernandez playing together, there’s no contest.”

“That’s my dream and hope.”

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