The article is spot on but forgot one big outfit that is having an extremely negative effect on the game-ESPN. The company is packed with a bunch of dolts would could pour crap out of their boots with written instructions and a helping hand. Yeah, I’m also talking about A-Rod, Texeria and Smoltz. In their playing days we cannot deny how much they added to game, well at Smoltz. A-Rod embarrassed the game with his steroid battle and Texeria became nothing more than a hot dog. I remember when the Rangers traded him to Atlanta and the crap that came out of his mouth concerning the Ranger organization. It was appalling and now these nimrods are calling Little League games? Not what I’d call role models. Yes, I know Smoltz calls for FOX. At first he was good and then something bad happened, he got teamed up with Joe Buck and a bunch of pussy producers who don’t’ want toes to get stomped on. Obviously, none of them caught a spike in the foot playing the game and if they did, I’m sure they whined like a little baby. Too bad, it’s baseball and in its purest form, it’s a hard-nosed game. And then we have Tim Kurkijan, Jessica-please don’t talk-Mendoza, Josh Levin and Dave Raymond-Texas Rangers. They are nothing but a bunch of babbling bobbleheads that believe they are above the game and know more then those of us who have consistently watched and followed the sport. It’s these type of people who boohooed when Buster Posey and Chase Utley’s collisions Both were clean plays but here came the cry babies from the MLB channel and ESPN. “This is horrible. It should be outlawed. The player should be suspended. It was a dirty play.” Blah, blah, blah. But they didn’t shut up and spineless Selig caved over the pressure. But it was okay for him to go to the US Congress and ask for money. What a moron. There is the problem. Baseball doesn’t have a strong Commissioner. They have been infected with political correctness and saber-bullshit-metrics. This is where the problem has started and it’s only going to get worse.
We need MEN with a backbone and a no frills attitude that will call a spade-a-spade as a commissioner, manager, player and announcer. The last announcer who did it was? Do you remember? Where did Tony Francona go after the Red Sox released him? Anyone? That’s right, FOX as an analyst with Joe-no brain-Buck. It was great. I wish, for the life of me, I could remember what Tony told Joe, but just before they broke for commercial, Joes said,
“Tony, you can’t say that.”
Tony “I’ll say what I want to, Joe.”
Sadly, for us TV fans FOX didn’t let him call anymore games yet I’m sure the Indians fans are elated since he has them on the cusp of another play-off run this year.
Trust me, I’m almost done ranting.
One of the biggest problems in baseball that NO ONE wants to address is pitching. Yes, strike-outs are up as are homeruns, but so are the injuries to pitchers. For over five years I tracked the IR report. Of, say 350 players before the start of the season, half were pitchers and the same held true after the All Start game. Why? Go watch a Little League, Junior High or High School game and you’ll see it like a sore thumb. The coaches don’t’ have a clue how to teach kids how to pitch. They only want the W on the board. That’s it. How they accomplish it doesn’t matter and its been going on for over twenty years.
Sorry it I got a little off trach, so I’ll regress.
If want the game to come back to what it is supposed to be, we’re going to have to start raising boys who will become men and just say, NO!