When I saw an item about the Rays continuing tear down via trade with the Borg and D-Backs, I got to thinking about the terrible effects this might be having on the integrity of the sport – said integrity being the safe assumption by the fans that the games they are watching are real games. A real game being one in which both teams are trying to win, and not just the players but the organizations as a whole.
I get that’s the right thing to do from an analytical view point, and that everybody wants to replicate what the Astros did, but where will baseball be in a decade or two if it’s commonly known that each year about 1/3rd of the teams, usually the smaller market ones, are deliberately tanking in order to hoard prospects. Do the stat heads need to be put on a leash?
It has led to one good thing. I asked the universal mind to return me everything it had regarding “baseball team tear down” and with a divine knowingness it returned me the link below.
Here’s an excerpt:
Plymouth High School’s (Mich.) baseball team parents only wanted two things for this upcoming season (aside from a winning season): a new scoreboard and a comfortable set of raised bleachers to watch games from. And they got both of those things by doing what any public high school sports team does when they want nice things: they raised the money themselves. Not only that, the parents did all the construction. Everything was ready to go in time for the new season — until some helicopter parent(s) swooped in and single-handedly took it all away
A complaint was filed with the U.S Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights on behalf of the girl’s softball team, claiming the disparity between the softball and baseball fields was so great that it violated a law stating sports facilities for boys and girls must be equal (in this case: literally an “even playing field”). The civil rights folks agreed, and issued a citation to the school, which forced them to remove the bleachers until a solution could be found.
Well, ain’t that some Grade-A Commie bullshit right there
He goes on to argue that yeah it would be wrong if the school district spent more on the boys stuff than the girls but this was about the parents of the boys team making a greater effort than the parents of the girls team. Not sure what the rest of you think but I gotta agree with him, and he is um, frank.
Too many words. Vid Break.
Couldn’t finish this post last night like I wanted because I had to click through a family day care training vid during my most limited cognitively functional evening hours If had to look at it so do you.
Tim Tebow (somewhat related to above)
Talk about the integrity of the game, Sandy Alderson GM of the Mets was asked if he expected Tim Tebow to play in the majors. His reply: “I think he will play in the major leagues. That’s my guess. That’s my hope, and to some extent now after a year and a half, a modest expectation.”
How could he not want a guy who hit .226/.309/.347 as a 29-year-old limited-range left fielder in Class-A on his MLB roster. The article speculates that if the Mets are out of it he might get an end of the season call up because the window is open only so long to make money by marketing a near 30 year old low level minor leaguer who will probably never be good enough to play at AA.
The people interviewed speculated that this could happen on the last weekend of the season when the Mets play a team whom will surely be out of it long before. Can you guess whose team that is?