Category Archives: Baseball

A Little Nothing Extra

Your humble correspondent has been fighting a bad case of writer’s block recently. It’s gotten bad enough that I’ve been fearful of even approaching my laptop to face the grim challenge of trying to pound out a readable post on any subject. When you get to this state, it’s hard to even come up with a decent idea for an article. Fishing around for a good subject, in an of itself, becomes an exercise in frustration and futility.

And then the morons who run Major League Baseball come along and drop a gift in your lap, likeĀ the announcement of new extra inning rules for their minor league affiliates. Let the words pour forth!

And most of those words will be sarcastic and cynical. Naturally. Anyone who’s been alive more than a few minutes, and watched more than half a baseball game, will find the idea of starting the tenth and subsequent innings with a runner on second base utterly stupid. It seems like an idea that should be dead on arrival.

So that just leaves two questions: One, why do it at all? (And the corollary question: who thought this was a good idea?) And two, will baseball eventually implement it at the major league level? Continue reading A Little Nothing Extra

Fool’s Gild

A brief observation to put a bow on the just-concluded MLB season:

When the Los Angeles Dodgers picked up Yu Darvish at the trade deadline, it seemed like a superfluous addition. They were rolling to a dominating NL West title, things were going great, and it hardly seemed necessary to add Darvish, considered then one of the premier available pitchers in baseball. I even said so at the time and in this space.

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Yu Darvish: thanks for coming, chief, you lost us a championship

The Darvish acquisition made it perfectly clear that the Dodgers were going for it this year, and that nothing less than a World Series championship would be acceptable for LA’s team.

It’s one thing, then, that the team fell short of their goal. But it’s quite another, and a real eye-opener, to conclude that it was Darvish who almost singlehandedly sabotaged the Dodgers’ chances of winning in the World Series. Continue reading Fool’s Gild

Feeling Puig-nacious

We’re less than two full games into the World Series, and I’ve already had an assful of FOX and their love affair with Yasiel Puig.

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Yasiel Puig: not to everyone’s taste

I’m not sure who is supposed to find Puig’s continual mugging for the cameras to be funny–probably Generation AA; I blame them for everything now–but those of us who possess only a normal tolerance for foolishness have long since tired of those antics. Continue reading Feeling Puig-nacious

Camera Work From Camera Jerks

Postseason, regular season, any season–it doesn’t matter: greed never has an off-season.

I call this truism to everyone’s attention because I just noticed a new money-grubbing wrinkle while watching game 1 of the ALCS on FS1: the computer-imposed ads, usually seen behind home plate on the backstop, have now metastasized onto the batter’s eye in center field.

Continue reading Camera Work From Camera Jerks

What’s In A Lame Name?

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The ALDS presented by…huh? What the hell is a “Doosan”?

Whatever Doosan is, I’m not sure they’re getting much out of their title sponsorship. Even their ads don’t seem to convey anything meaningful about who they are and what they do. All they seem to be accomplishing is making MLB and FOX (via FS1) look ridiculous.

What can we look forward to in the later rounds? “The World Series presented by Hinky-Dinky”?

Not all sponsorship dollars are created equal. Major League Baseball could have had someone else–virtually anyone else–sponsor the playoff series, and while they might have grubbed up a few less dollars by doing so, they would have saved themselves far more than the difference in maintaining some dignity and prestige.