Bud Selig deserves a lot of blame for the way baseball is.insagt1 wrote: ↑Fri Jul 27, 2018 7:04 amand the question is...who made it that way? When did it change and why? The whole paradigm of baseball has shifted. Its emphasis has changed. When did the complete game disappear? When did they allow batters to step out after every pitch? When did pitch count rear its ugly head? Why so few .300 hitters anymore? So many strikeouts? The shift?
Bloated player salaries with union leaders whining everytime a FA doesn't get paid a kings ransom? When organizations like the Twins rush their prized prospects up too soon, when is that good for baseball? Is the emphasis on analytics hijacking the game? So many useless stats that don't matter at all.
Loved what Jack Morris said as he prepares for the HOF induction:"thank God I played in the era I did' (before analytics commandeered the sport) "I mean we're not playing for spin rate. We're not playing for launch angle. And we're not playing for exit velocity or you know, ground efficiency. WE'RE PLAYING TO WIN. It's W's and L's. Its these letters that matter...W's and L's.
Amen brother....we are being choked by a barrage of useless statistics that don't enhance the game one bit. Does anyone REALLY care about the launch angle of a Judge HR? Does it really matter how fast it left the park..that they have to have a statistic for it?
And now they want to 'fix' the game with cheap gimmicks....put a runner on 2nd to start the 10th inning. My gosh...who are the new baseball fans anyway? What happened to managers who can't manage pitching staffs anymore? Geez.
Steroids, salary disparity, all star gimmick, one game wild card.
He's ruined Minor League Baseball too. Teams leaving small towns like Jamestown for Brooklyn and Staten Island. Top prospects jumping AAA for the Majors. No wonder the Bisons and Red Wings sell gimmicks.
You can blame money, the media and the fans as well. There's just a mentality that Minor League sports are below us and that it's all about the Major Leagues. All fans and media around here talk about are Bills, Sabres, Orange, MLB, NBA etc... while the local Rochester teams barely get any coverage.
The AHL might be heading down the same path as AAA Baseball. There's a lot of gimmicks such as Star Wars Night. But it's not there yet. At least the Amerks still get some top prospects like Gionta. So fans are more concerned about the Amerks winning then the Red Wings and Bisons.
Solutions? I want to see Baseball include a promotion relegation system like Englands Premier League and other soccer leagues around the world. If the Red Wings or Bisons finish at the top they go to the Majors and if they finish at the bottom they go to AA. I doubt that's gonna happen