Roberts Continues to Destroy Baseball 17 Apr 17
by Tony Medley
Manager of the Year:
Things have not changed much in baseball over the winter. In the big
Kershaw-Grienke matchup last week, Clayton went into the top of the
ninth inning leading 7-0. With one out he hung a couple of curveballs
which were hit for a single and a run scoring double, respectively. Out
pops Dodgers manager Dave Roberts who yanked the man many believe to be
the best pitcher in baseball with a six run lead and only two outs to
go. Kershaw was furious and so was I. The best pitcher in baseball
deserves some leeway. But, hey, the double was hit off of Kershaw’s 100th
pitch and he was clearly about to turn into a pumpkin! Everybody knows
that after 100 pitches a pitcher’s arm becomes pulp. Doesn’t it?
As a result the fans
were required to sit there for several minutes while a relief pitcher
lumbered in from the bullpen, warmed up, and got the final two outs.
This is a despicable travesty.
Roberts continued his
ignorant handling of pitchers on Saturday when he used four pitchers in
the top of the eighth inning to face four batters. That one half inning
took 18 minutes…for four batters! That’s 4 ½ minutes per batter! Do
Roberts and baseball think that this is what fans come to the ball park
for, to watch him change pitchers time after time? No other sport has so
much down time and Roberts has made it immeasurably worse.
The names of the
pitchers are irrelevant because apparently Roberts thinks that pitchers
are fungible. The only single, solitary thing that matters is to make
sure that a left-handed pitcher faces a left-handed batter and vice
versa. It matters not whether you are pulling Sandy Koufax and replacing
him with Socks Seibold, so long as the batter bats right, Roberts would
rather have good ol’ Socks pitch to him than Sandy, since Sandy throws
with his left arm and Socks was a righty. This is sheer, utter nonsense
and it totally destroys the pace of the game. Baseball better shape up
and pass rules to stop this kind of farcicality. God, do I hate today’s
baseball and the numbskulls like Roberts who make decisions. It’s no
wonder that so few fans stay around for the end of any game. How much
can one take?
The Truth shall set
The Dodgers and MLB continue to mask how many people actually attend
their games. Sunday’s game at Dodger Stadium showed lots and lots of
empty seats, but the Dodger announcers claimed that the “attendance” was
39,822. There is no way there were more than 25,000 people there. What
the Dodgers and MLB actually report is “tickets sold,” and it is has
little or no relationship with how many people are actually “in
attendance.” Maybe “tickets sold” is meaningful to the Dodgers’
accountants and bottom line, but it’s not to fans who really want to
know how many people are physically present. But trying to get the truth
out of people who run sports today is like expecting a politician to
answer a question.
These are Major
In the 4th inning of one of last week’s games against
Arizona, Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager “slid” into home head first. The
term “slid” is used advisedly because today’s genius players don’t know
how to slide any more. Most of them slide head first. That’s what Seager
was apparently intending but it is a miracle he didn’t kill himself.
It’s beyond me to be able to describe what he actually did because his
arms and legs were going in completely different directions, but the
“slide” exposed all parts of his body to serious injury. I was surprised
he didn’t break his arms, legs, ankles, neck, and back.
Baseball has recently
made two idiotic rules, one prohibiting crashing into the catcher while
trying to score and the other prohibiting taking out a second
baseman/shortstop during a double play, two things that have been part
of the game for 150 years. Baseball should put them back into the game
but should outlaw head first slides. When one slides feet first, there’s
much less that can be seriously injured. Sliding head first jeopardizes
what? The head! Which happens to be pretty much the most important part
of the body (although we are talking about professional athletes here,
so some allowance should be made for that). It also jeopardizes the
fingers, hands, wrists, shoulders, and arms. If baseball is really
interested in protecting the health of its players, which is the
justification for the two stupid rules referenced above, nobody should
be allowed to slide head first.