Fallout ….. Baseball Is It Really What It Should Be ?

Fallout    Baseball     Is  It   Really  What  It  Should  Be  ?

I’m    not  so   sure  that the AL   East  will  end  the  way  that  many  of  us   expected   and  with  there  being  a thrilling outcome  to what  has  been  an  exciting season  in  some  respects. The  New  York Yankees  have  literally played themselves  back  into  contention and   appear  to  be less  than  six  games  away  from  winning  another AL  East  title. For their  part the  Tampa Bay Rays  have given  all  that they   possess but   now seem to  falling   short  of what their fans expected.  Albeit that manager  Joe Maddon  has done his  utmost with this team their flaws have arisen at a time when so much had been expected.This was the year when the Tampa  Bay Rays had been expected to challenge the supremacy and   dominance  of the  New York Yankees. And from a  financial standpoint now more than  ever the  Rays need to  be seen as a perennial contender. Granted, their   precarious   situation   hasn’t  been helped   by the  backbiting and infantile  behavior of  the   local  politicians  and  that  of the Rays’   front  office .  Is  it  any  wonder  when   one  looks  across  the  spectrum  of  Major  League  Baseball (MLB) and  that  of  the owners  and  the  commissioner’s  office   you   get   a sense  that  the   game  is  being  ran  by  a  bunch  of imbeciles .  Where else  can you  get a   group  of  executives  and  owners   fawning  over  a  commissioner  who  has  been as  much   use   to  the  game  than   a  five  inch   gaping  whole  would  be at  the   bottom  of   a  bucket  filled  with  water.

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Commissioner Bud Selig has been the 1,000lb gorilla in the room bringing  mayhem to the the game. Now if there was a way with  which things could  change for the better then it’s knowing  that Bud Selig will be stepping  down in  his role as  commissioner. That if anything  has  to a  blessing  to the true  baseball  fans out  there. Unfortunately  however   amongst  the   archaic  presence of the   owners  and  than  their  belief that  having  a  commissioner  whose only  purpose  is  to   serve  them  then  it clearly shows  how out of touch   they have   been and  the   ever  changing   environment  of  the  baseball  landscape. From a  business standpoint  that baseball  is in a   severe  financial  mess. At  least three  quarters  of  the  league’s  thirty teams   are struggling  to  make ends  meet  from  a financial  standpoint.  And  were it  not  for the tax sharing  revenue scheme  instigated by   Selig’s  office  we’d  now   be  seeing  several  teams  around  the  league  fighting  to  stave off   bankruptcy.  Who amongst   you   knew  that  the   Chicago  Cubs  was   placed   into  bankruptcy   by   its  former  owner  billionaire  Sam  Zell  in  order to stave  off  financial   ruin  ?   And   now  that  the  team  has  been  sold  to  the   Ricketts’  family   we’re seeing  that the woes   that has  been the  Cubs’ mantra  still exists.    Lou  Piniella   is  no  longer  the  team  manager  and  the  players   do not  seem to  be  playing  with a  passion  much  less  with  any  pride.   And for  the   woeful  fans  who  for  each  home series attend  Wrigley Field  to watch  this  team  play  they   can’t  be   entirely  happy  witnessing  the   mess on  the   field   who’ve  got  to  watch  this  idiocy.

The Los  Angeles  Dodgers are   in  the  midst  of  an   acrimonious  ownership  struggle wherein  owners Frank  and  Jamie McCourt  are  laying  out their private lives on display for  all to  savor,  the mess  that  comes with a divorce that has all the  ingredients  of  a soap  opera.  Never mind  the fact that there  too  manager  Joe  Torre   has sought to   walk  away  from  the   organization  rather  than  deal  with a  team  that  has  no wish  to  play   with  a  zeal or  passion.  Tell  me  how in God’s  name this team  was going to  contend in  the  NL West  given  the  fact  that  the  players   have no  stomach for a fight ?  GM Ned Colletti is no  closer to  making  this   team a  competitor than  Mitt  Romney’s  chances were  in  winning  the GOP nomination  for the Presidency in  2004. Now  in  the  midst  of   a  downward  spiral  that   appears  to have no end in sight  and  the  fans   at   Chavez Revine (Dodgers’ Stadium)  must be  wondering  what  the  hell  is going  on ?    Personally  I  look  at  the  saga as  if  it  were  simply  just another   Hollywood   script  that the  writers  couldn’t  have   scripted  any  better themselves.  There  seems  to  be   everything  happening  with  the   Dodgers  as  a  team  other  than the  fact  that  they’re  not  winning. And  if  you’d  ask  anyone  to  try  and  explain  the  malaise  behind  the   team  I  doubt  that   one  would  be  able   to  get a  succinct   answer   from  any  baseball  analyst  or pundit  much  less the   fans  themselves.  The   Dodgers have  become  a  paradigm   of unending    ineptitude  both  on  and  off  the   field.

Now as the   closing  weeks  of  the  regular season   is   upon   us   many  of the  divisional  races  seem to be playing  themselves  out.  In   some  cases it’s  all  over  bar the  shouting  as  the   Cincinnati  Reds seem  to  be  well  on their  way  to   winning  that particular race (NL Central).   In  the  NL  East  it looks as  if the  Philadelphia  Phillies  will  make  a  successful   defense  their   divisional  title  albeit  at the  expense of  Bobby  Cox’s  farewell  parade after the  monumental   success  he achieved  with  the  Atlanta Braves.  Cox  led the  team  with a  great  deal of  pride  and  dignity as  he  sought  to make  this  his  last   season  within major  league  baseball.

Now  for  all of  the   furor  over the  AL  West  I’ve  got to  ask myself   what  must  Mike Sciocsia  and  the   Los  Angeles Angels __ front office   be  thinking  ?  Having   released   hard  hitting  outfielder  Vladimir  Guerrero  who would  then find  a  home  with  the  Texas Rangers.  And  the Rangers seem to be  on  the  cusp of winning the division and   making  it  something  of  an   inspiring season for the  new  ownership of  the  Rangers  led  by Chuck Greenberg  and former baseball great Nolan Ryan.  As  to  how the   Rangers   will  fare  in  the  postseason  remains to  be  seen.

Pardon   me   for  saying this  but  how is  it  that the Minnesota  Twins can consistently year  in  and  year  out   play  with  such  abandonment ,  remain  competitive   but  yet  do so   on  budget  that  most major  sports   franchises   would   struggle  to survive? .  Clearly  the  front office of  the Twins  in conjunction  with  manager Ron Gardenhire  have  managed to acquire talent nurture it and see it  all  come to fruition with  the   team  now   on  the cusp of winning  another divisional title and   playing  themselves into  contention this postseason.  Don’t  be surprised by  the fact  this  team  now  has  the second best record  within  the   league(MLB). They’ve   played  with confidence  and a  great  deal of  maturity. And although  within their division  that  opposition was  posed by the  Detroit Tigers  and Chicago White Sox  haven’t been anything  near what  many had  expected them to be about. And the  Minnestoa Twins  have  been  all that  and  a  great deal  more throughout  much  of  the season.


As the regular season winds  down I  just  hope  that  the  postseason  will  have  something  to  offer  us all   and that  there’ll  be  as  much  excitement  there   for the   fans  to  be   happy  in seeing  !  If  nothing  else  we  can  but   hope that will  be  the  case. And  as   far  choosing  an  outright winner  of the  World  Series ,well  as  much as  the  New  York Yankees  are perceived  as  the   favorites to  win  it  all  merely  because of  their storied  history  and  the  fact that  they’re  the  reigning champions.  To my  mind as good  as  the  team  appears  to be  on  paper their   weakness appears to  be  with  their   pitching .  Beyond C C Sabathia and   Phil Hughes their  team’s  pitching  isn’t  an   imposing  one.  So  that in  of-itself  should   give  their opponents in the   postseason some  hope .  But I’m liable  to  believe that  the  Yankees  will   make it  all  the  way to the playoffs  but as to  how far they  go,will in part  rest  with  their   pitching. If that’s  not  up  to  scratch  then we are  liable  to  see  them  fall from  grace  for  all  of the  wrong   reasons.   And  as  talented  as  this   team  is  they’re still   an  offensive  threat   but  beyond   Sabathia, to   my  mind  this   team  can  be  something of a   Jekyll  & Hyde  !

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Your  thoughts   if  any as  to  how you  see  the   remainder of  the  postseason   playing  out and  that  of  the  postseason  also  ?    Which   team  do  you  believe  will  have  what  it takes  for  the   long  haul of  the   postseason  and   raise   the World  Series   trophy   in   November  ?

😦

Alan    aka   tophatal πŸ™‚ * πŸ™‚

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19 thoughts on “Fallout ….. Baseball Is It Really What It Should Be ?

  1. Not too much drama coming up in these pennant races, at least in the AL.

    I will say this though, Al. We’ll be in for plenty of drama the first time there’s a controversial call in the playoffs and there’s no instant replay to account for it.

    1. Chris Humpherys

      One or two divisional races are still up for grabs but I must say that the Rays have their work cut out for them . I don’t think that they really want to face either the Twins or Rangers . All of a sudden they’re struggling for all of the wrong reasons.

      tophatal …… πŸ™‚

  2. Great blog you got over here! The Yankees vs. Rays series is one of the biggest of the year with one of the best pitching matchups in the final game of the series. It could be the deciding factor of who wins the AL east, but for me I could care less at this point. The thing is that both teams are going to get into the playoffs no matter what, and I think the MLB has to do something about this. Make things more competitive etc. Also, you think you could check out my blog cuz I really wanna hear what you have to say. http://chrisross91.wordpress.com/2010/09/22/somethings-gotta-give/

    1. Chris Ross

      Well the AL East is meant to be the cream of the crop in terms of the divisions when it comes to baseball and that’s what you tend to get really competitive games between the teams within that division.

      The postseason however will go a long way in telling us how the teams will fare.

      Two thumbs up from Katie Price aka Jordan

      It’s not about making the game more competitive making it an equitable balance for all teams involved. Yankees can go out and spend at will but the likes of the Royals , Pirates , Marlins and Rays have little or no money to spend on talent . Small market teams or not now is the time to have a salary cap within the game of baseball before things start to go belly up.

      tophatal πŸ™‚

    1. Chris

      I’d rather see Jeremy Hellickson come out of the bullpen much as in the same way they used David Price in ’08 ! If there’s a place where the team has a problem with regards to the pitching then it’s in the bullpen for sure .

      tophatal … πŸ™‚

  3. Chris Humpherys

    It’s not a matter of desperation but it all comes down to how these players are preparing themselves. It’s the coaches’ duty to have these players in the right frame of mind also. No excuses at this point as they’ve been through it all before.

    tophatal πŸ™‚

  4. I disagree, Al.

    To me, Hellickson looked like a starter. I know they moved him around a bit this season but when he came up, he has opposing lineups baffled.

    Either way, we both know Maddon will go by the numbers and make his rotation and bullpen decisions accordingly.

    It’s worked for him so far this season so why give up now?

    1. Chris

      Don’t get caught up in the mystique merely because he baffled one or two batters during the season. Hellickson has yet to prove himself in a postseason environment. You’re going on as if this kid is the second coming of Juan Marichal or Nolan Ryan. Which obviously he’s not so let Maddon do what’s right because if he’s thrown in at the deep end and the kid flames out then who’ll be to blame ?

      tophatal πŸ™‚

    1. Chris

      I’m sorry but I for one don’t envy Girardi at present as he’s done more to harm the Yankees’ entrance into the postseason than he has done to invigorate it.

      The Rays ought to fare well in their series against the Rangers in the ALDS .

      tophatal πŸ™‚

  5. The Rays should be damn proud of their achievements this year. I also like their chances against the Rangers.

    We’ll see if that extra home game against either the Yankees or Twins will make a bit of difference.

    1. Chris Humpherys

      Achievements being what they are the Rays want a great deal more than the AL pennant as a World Series’ win would signify that they’ve finally arrived and ought to be now considered a perennial contender.

      It might also go a long way in helping the front office in rethinking their whole situation as its regards the long term financial stability and viability of the team .

      tophatal πŸ™‚

    1. Chris Humpherys

      A World Series win would go a long way but I still doubt that it’d be enought to retain the team within the locale. But I certainly would like to see a game effort come from Maddon and the boys !

      tophatal πŸ™‚

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