Kathryn, that link dumped me somewhere else, but I’ve had that happen to me on mlb.com links before.
However, once I was there, I typed “Hanson” in the search engine and I got a 6+ minute interview with Tommy at Studio 42 or whatever it’s called and he was impressive like always. If Tommy’s arm stands up, he’s gonna be a beast for a long time. What a solid head that kid has on his shoulders.
Bub, being able to move the fences in or out reminds me how unique MLB is. No other sport can do that, right? I guess NASCAR could build tracks that would allow higher speeds or more wrecks, but I think that’s apples and oranges.
Bud Selig (AKA the worst commish ever) has put together an “action committee” to address issues and make changes in MLB. He won’t say what issues are being addressed, just that “there will be changes”. I think he is too gutless to make changes himself, hence the committee.
So, what are they talking about and what would you abt’ers want or not want? 5 vs 7 game playoff series? Longer vs shorter seasons? The return of doubleheaders? Olympic rules drug testing? BTW, BS says the steroid era is “over” so no need for further testing, I guess. What about the Holy Grail: The DH? Regulated field sizes?
My bet is that anything that could possibly have an adver$e effect on the players union just will not happen. period.
MLB needs change we can believe in. I say it starts with a new commish.
I’m sorry, but it is dead obvious that pitchers can’t hit. So why bruise the grace of such an elegant sport by making them flail away like that? They simply got that one wrong in the original rules.
I know; more strategy. But, like I’ve said before, if you made somebody from the stands come down once a game and try to hit, that would cause more strategy, too. Or if you made the slugger hold the bat from the heavy end once a game, or allowed only two outfielders after the 8th inning; many things could make the managers work harder to figure out the best moves to make. That doesn’t make it a good thing.
Every hitter should have to field a position, because why? Does it really stretch the game completely out of shape to one big lug standing up there every day that all he does is hit? To me it that makes the most sense of all. One big bruiser who can’t can’t catch, can’t throw, none too bright, but he can make little ball go real real far. I love it.
Everybody loves a specialist. A LOOGY, for example. What if some pitcher, who can’t get a pitch past a right handed grandmother, can blow away lefties time after time. Don’t we love that stuff? It’s legendary.
I think the DH is a colorful, appropriate, perfect part of the AL game. I honestly think that this is one example of an afterthought being such an obvious fit that you have to say “well, tradition aside, this is what they should have done to begin with.”
So why stop with the DH? Football began with 11 guys playing both ways and now we have 11 on offense and the same number on D. Why not have an O and D for baseball too? A bunch of speedy guys with big hands on defense and a murderer’s row on offense?
Actually, I think 9 offensive players and 9 defensive players using the rules of baseball would make a truly great game. The slickest fielders in the world. Every outfielder with a lazer arm and blazing speed. Spicy double plays three times a game.
And 9 DH-level hitters. POW!!! Matter of fact, 4 pinch runners for every team, too. That’s all they’d do; run for the hitters.
Ba-da-BING. Bring it on.
(I can’t tell if I’m being sarcastic or not. It actually sounds like a great game.)
But to answer your question, why stop with the DH? Because a pitcher hitting is the only truly fish-out-of-water element in the game. The only part of the game where an alien from Mars would watch it and say “this looks very awkward compared with the rest of the action.” And because the replacement for it, a DH hitter who can only hit, is to me very attractive idea that still fits perfectly within the baseball mythos.
DH or not, it should be uniform for both leagues. Team with the best record should get home field throughout the playoffs. All-star game should be abolished if it is going to determine home field advantage for the WS. That is the dumbest rule in sports. More day games with possibly all weekend games being day games. I know the summer heat is bad in the south, but they need to get kids back interested in baseball. Earlier start times for playoff games, including some played during the day. At least on WS day game.
The reason the NFL works is because the players union is weak. The MLB players union is strangling baseball. As are owners who aren’t committed to fielding teams. There should be a minimum salary level too. All the luxury tax money should have to be spent on the team.
“More day games with possibly all weekend games being day games. I know the summer heat is bad in the south, but they need to get kids back interested in baseball. Earlier start times for playoff games, including some played during the day.”
JJ – Keep to sports. And keep that kind of crap off of here. And please don’t try to respond or defend. It will only make it worse.
So, I’m back from Vegas. Great, great time. And I won a tremendous amount of money. Well, that’s not actually true. I actually lost a bunch of money. As it turns out, the casino’s seem to have some kind of distinct advantage.
And, to Curt’s point (and keeping with Vegas for a minute) another reason, I think, that baseball is losing popularity is that, compared to football (the daddy of them all) and basketball, it is the hardest to bet on. It’s all esoteric pay out odds (-300, +250, etc.) Believe me, that hurts the sport tremendously. I sat in the Las Vegas Hilton sports book for about 16 hours over the weekend betting on football and there were easily a thousand+ people making bets. That ain’t happening on playoff baseball.
Regarding LaRoche, I was bummed for a minute, when I saw the 6MM figure, but then realized had we waited, we still couldn’t have afforded that amount. And, while LaRoche would have certainly been more of a sure thing, ol’ Glausy has more offensive upside imo.
I am not that bummed bout Adam either i like him but not in love with what he can do.The second half is were Adams’ reputation is right now until he can go the whole season with steady play actually imo a couple seasons in a row or he will not get his just do, being more a defensive player than a offensive player.Glausy has steadier play with out a doubt just cant stay healthy(i think i will start calling Glausy Head and Shoulders he does remind me of those cartoons with the beach bums with big upper bodies and skinny legs)Chipper also went through a stretch like this and was able to put back to back healthier seasons.Alot of these players are just blessed with luck bad luck that is but every once in awhile the sun shines on a dogs butt!!
I want him to toss some vegemite from a potato gun: “The Atlanta Braves have agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Peter Moylan on a one-year contract for the 2010 season, thus avoiding salary arbitration. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Moylan was the last arbitration-eligible player on the Braves’ 40-man roster who was unsigned for 2010.”
Speaking of the potato gun…since Chipper is “10,” do you think the ridiculous cheer-girls will wear “2010″ on their backs rather than plain old “10″ this season? Inquiring minds want to know.