Dave for Commissioner

 Posted by on 2014/08/14 at 19:10  Baseball, Sports
Aug 142014
 

Major League Baseball owners or their designated emissaries are gathered today in Baltimore to elect a successor to retiring Commissioner Bud Selig.  Apparently, there is enough back room dealing and cloak and dagger stuff going on to pique Tywin Lannister’s interest.  However, that stuff will be better covered by folks who have sources and stuff.  Me?  I’m going to explain the five main changes that, given the job, I would pursue.

First off, good riddance, Bud.  I’m sure that the owners will install another Commissioner who is every bit the empty suit that Selig has been, but that’s not enough to dampen the relief I feel seeing him go.  In fact, the first three things I’d do as Commissioner are direct repudiations of Selig’s legacy.  The last two are a bit more radical, and, I think, a bit more fun. Continue reading »

In Defense of Selling Out

 Posted by on 2014/05/01 at 13:40  Baseball, Sports
May 012014
 

Wow, I spend a disproportionate number of my Sports posts defending unpopular opinions.  It appears that a forum read by a whole half-dozen people really ignites the fire within my natural contrarian.

We’re back at it this week, because I have beef with my Yankees fan brothers and sisters.  I know grown men who felt a compulsion to buy a ticket to boo a 31-year old who decided that he would prefer to have an additional $65 million, as opposed to an absence of $65 million.  Fine, it’s New York; we boo everyone other than Santa Claus, so this scene was fairly predictable:

Cool.  I mean, the big sign that read “TRAITOR” felt a bit melodramatic, but, cool.  Then, the artists formerly known as Section 39 kind of took things off the rails.  A group of Yankees fans failed to see the irony in them showering a player who left a team to make more money with chants of “You sold out!”.

I wish Cano had some kind of forum to reply with, “Didn’t ya’ll just give $153 million to JACOBY ELLSBURY?!” Continue reading »

Apr 242014
 

Last night, Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was ejected in the 2nd inning of a game against the Boston Red Sox for having some schmutz (technical term) on his neck.  Post-game comments from the Sox’ manager and players indicated that Pineda’s transgression was not what he did, but how he did it.  This may be confusing to the more casual fans among us.  Is neck-schmutzing illegal or isn’t it?  Are you using double negatives to confuse me?  What the hell?!

The umps are not checking Michael Pineda's pulse

The umps are not checking Michael Pineda’s pulse

Breathe.  Cheating in baseball is a complex and nuanced issue.  I’m here to help walk you through the ins and outs of “getting an edge”, “gamesmanship”, or any other euphemism you can think up for cheating on the mound. Continue reading »

In Defense of A-Rod

 Posted by on 2014/04/10 at 13:20  Baseball, Sports
Apr 102014
 

Note: I see my pageview stats, which made me a little bit surprised that I received more than a couple comments about there being a lack of posts over the past few weeks.  Apparently, the three of you who do read this blog feel strongly enough about having reading material to kill the tail end of your Mondays and/or Thursdays to ask why I’m not providing said reading material.  Fair enough.  I’m back in the saddle.

Photo: NYDN / Getty Requires no further comment from me.

Photo: NYDN / Getty
Requires no further comment from me

That said, be careful what you wish for.  A lot of you are about to disagree strongly with today’s post.  As baseball season begins, I’m going to tie up my one loose end from last year.  After this, we’ll get back to more current (and, hopefully, on-field) stuff.  However, I found the hysteria surrounding Alex Rodriguez’s performance enhancing drug suspension strange, and, in many ways, troubling.  Here is my defense of A-Rod.  It is the longest piece I have ever written for this site. Continue reading »

Jan 162013
 

After a nearly yearlong battle with the Major League Baseball Playing Rules Committee, I was saddened to learn that the ‘Fake to 3rd / Throw to 1st’ pick-off move has left this earth and joined the fifteen inch pitcher’s mound and American League pitchers having to bat up in the baseball ether.

For you non-baseball folk, what Bobby Parnell does here is now illegal, and will be ruled a balk:

Many decried The Move as a waste of time that almost never worked.  At least one left-handed pitcher complained that it provided an undue advantage to righties.  I want you to digest that for a second: a dude who has any runner on first in his peripheral, if not direct, vision for the entirety of his delivery is worried that the rules thumb the scales in favor of people who don’t.  I’m not even going to get into the fact that there really isn’t such a thing as a “right-handed specialist” (you could argue certain sidewinders, although, I’d counter to say those are just guys who couldn’t get enough outs without a gimmick), while damn near every team has a one-hitter-a-game lefty in the bullpen.

To be honest, I think that, had The Move never existed in the first place, its detractors are the kind of people who would’ve found something else to complain about.  I liked The Move. Continue reading »