Toothless Tigers: baseball’s basement is too crowded

Giving young players a chance to grow? More like a salary dump that turned into a dumpster fire. Too many MLB teams won't even strive for mediocrity

Toothless Tigers: baseball’s basement is too crowdedIt’s always exciting to watch history, to see once-in-a-lifetime performances. A show so notable you’ll tell your grandkids, “I saw them play.” The list should include the 1976-’77 Montreal Canadiens, the 1972 Miami Dolphins, the 2017 Golden State Warriors … the 2019 Detroit Tigers. The what? The Detroit Tigers? What’s that all about? To paraphrase…

Fan injuries from foul balls up dramatically

It’s time for MLB to put protective netting up from home plate to the foul poles

Fan injuries from foul balls up dramaticallyI’m a big baseball fan. I played through college and I follow the game very closely. Occasionally, usually through a friend or colleague, I get the opportunity to sit close to the field, not too far above one of the dugouts. What an awesome view. You can really see the pitcher, hitter and catcher interact.…

Jim Bouton’s impact reached far beyond the baseball diamond

The Ball Four author was a significant social activist, speaking out about apartheid, and exposing small-town government and media corruption

Jim Bouton’s impact reached far beyond the baseball diamondJim Bouton died this month at age 80. The plethora of Bouton obituaries and tributes since have focused on his pitching career, which included winning a couple World Series games with the New York Yankees, and the blockbuster book Ball Four he wrote about his 1969 season. But Jim Bouton was also an influential sports…

Baseball’s unwritten rules are stupid and archaic

It’s time for players and managers to grow up and get rid of the ego-based false machismo that ruins the game

Baseball’s unwritten rules are stupid and archaicI love baseball. But the ego-based false machismo that is the foundation of the Stone Age unwritten rules of baseball (aka The Code) drives me nuts. The latest example comes from a minor league game between the Hartford Yard Goats and the Trenton Thunder. Hartford had a combined no-hitter (between four pitchers) going in the…

When it comes to injuries, MLB teams remain clueless

Injury research through analytics should be priority one, since baseball owners spent $745,769,319 on injured list players in 2018 alone

When it comes to injuries, MLB teams remain cluelessBaseball has an injury problem. It’s a big one. And an expensive one. As but one recent example – albeit an extreme one – the New York Yankees had 13 players on the injured list by the end of April, just one month into the 2019 season!  Major League Baseball (MLB) franchises are filled with…

Financial illiteracy on the campaign trail won’t serve Sanders

The U.S. senator is using baseball to decry the inequalities that crop up in capitalism. That’s just nonsense

Financial illiteracy on the campaign trail won’t serve SandersSomewhere in heaven, baseball pioneer Curt Flood is smacking his forehead with his palm. The reason for Flood’s exasperation? Comments from avowed socialist and Democratic Party presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. On the stump, the Vermont senator is using baseball to decry the inequalities that crop up in capitalism. “If we are a nation that can…

Tanking takes the heart out of statistical analysis in sports

Only the purity of competition assures that the resulting data has relevance and application in a sport

Tanking takes the heart out of statistical analysis in sportsSome call it analytics. Some call it statistics. Some call it trivia. Others call it a waste of time. But collating and interpreting the reams of data generated by pro sports teams is now an integral part of sport. On one hand, analysis of data is how players get paid the vast sums they receive.…

Video replay: is the solution worse than the crime?

We can't go back to spitballing the big calls. For the teams and the fans, too much depends on getting it right

Video replay: is the solution worse than the crime?Yogi Berra is notorious for saying “It ain’t over ’til it’s over.” Yogi was warning about jumping to conclusions in close contests. But he never foresaw a contest that never ended. For reference, consider the he 145th running of the Kentucky Derby. That race will probably never be over for those who participated in or…

Causing a commotion based on innocent colours

What’s in a name? Apparently plenty when it comes to sports teams and imaginary slights

Causing a commotion based on innocent coloursIrving Berlin’s song White Christmas is a classic. But if the logic of a special interest group in Winnipeg prevails, the song’s name would have to be changed to something like Grey Christmas. Black Space Winnipeg, a non-profit organization that lobbies for safe spaces for Winnipeg's black community, argues that the popular Whiteout event put…

The clumsy, cataclysmic evolution of baseball

MLB is in the throes of a sea change that promises to alter everything from parity in the sport to the running time of games

The clumsy, cataclysmic evolution of baseballThe Toronto Blue Jays have announced that second baseman Devon Travis will be out until at least May after having surgery on his knee. Well, thank God there are some traditions left in baseball. Travis being sent to the infirmary is one of the few predictable things left in the game. Seriously, Major League Baseball…
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