Yet another reason to hate today's baseball: Someone named Vermin Mercedes ignored Tony LaRussa's take sign and hit a homer on a 3 and 0 pitch, justifying his insubordination with "I play MY game." As if that's not enough, the opposing team had a catcher pitching to him - at 45 mph speeds. What a nauseating mockery they've all made of the game, save for a handful of earnest players like the great Mike Trout. Those of us who grew up watching Musial, Spahn, Kaline, Seaver, Mike Schmidt, George Brett, and other players who respected the game and gave it all they had all the time must be sickened by such a display of arrogance (by Vermin) and mockery (by catchers who pitch.... at 45 mph).
Let's just hope he gets thrown at and the pitcher can use the same excuse.
Twins OF-1B Alex Kirilloff returned from the IL going 2-5, 2R, and 2RBI. Hopefully he's back to stay.Jesse Winker with a 3 HR night!
Twins OF-1B Alex Kirilloff returned from the IL going 2-5, 2R, and 2RBI. Hopefully he's back to stay.
Braves Austin Riley on a tear going 3-4, 2 HR's, 3RBI's, and 2 runs scored. His average is up over .300 now. SS Dansby Swanson went 3-4 as well.
In April, there were 1,092 more strikeouts than hits, the largest such gap in any month in major league history. The season strikeout record surely will be broken this year for the 15th consecutive time. In 2016, the percentage of plate appearances that ended in a strikeout was .211. It has risen, year by year -- .216, .223, .230, .234. Right now, it stands at .243. Those are, of course, the six highest rates in major league history. In 1968, the famed Year of the Pitcher, the K rate was only .158.
This past Tuesday, the Giants struck out 17 times, a franchise record for a nine inning game, while still winning 4-2. The club was founded 148 years ago.
Here's an excerpt from an interesting article at ESPN (feel free not to click through):
It's rare to see a non-racial narrative building up in any sport. Now, I know the "boring baseball" theme does overlap with letting non-white players flip their bats, stare at their home runs, and break the rest of the unwritten rules. This analytics-driven trend of throw hard, swing hard seems to be changing the game just as much as Manfred's stupid extra innings runners. I wonder if they will move the mound, ban infield shifts, add a DH to the National League, or some other big countermeasure sometime soon.
Johneshwy Fargas - I don't know who the aforementioned guy is but he's on the Mets and he got hurt. What is this with MLB? Is there some sort of award given out for the team with the most injuries I don't know about? These guys must be the most fragile bunch a pansies the world has ever seen.
Yep. Gone are the days of Cal Ripken's 2,632 consecutive game streak. Guys like Pete Rose who regularly played the full 162 game schedule. As hard a Rose played, he was never seriously injured. He played all 162 games at age 41! I'm sure there were many other players who were able to play every day.
Now, in today's MLB Mike Trout can't stay healthy at a relatively young age. Cody Bellinger and Corey Seager are younger than Trout and can't stay healthy. Too many others to name who can't play a consecutive month much less a full season. I don't think it's just baseball, although I could be wrong. Injuries seem to be more of an issue than in years gone by.
Is there someone here who can speak more to this problem? I think someone on CF once said it could be something in the food? IDK, but it seems to be a big problem over that two to three decades.
Anyone have any ideas?
Could someone who may know more about this start a thread?
It's not all bad for the Pirates Don. Second baseman/OF Adam Frazier is leading the league in hits with 64 and batting .332.Check out this play to see, as if we didn't know already, how much fundamentals have deteriorated. Pure idiocy by Will Craig and his fellow Keystone Kops on the Pirates:
Bob Brenly grovels and apologizes for saying nothing wrong, will now undergo sensitivity training from a commissar:
San Francisco Giants debut special Pride uniforms, first MLB team to do so
The San Francisco Giants will debut special uniforms to honor the LGBTQ+ community this week, the team announced on Tuesday, the first day of Pride Month.
The move will make the Giants the first team in Major League Baseball to incorporate the 11 Pride colors into an on-field uniform.
“We are extremely proud to stand with the LGBTQ+ community as we kick off one of the best annual celebrations in San Francisco by paying honor to the countless achievements and contributions of all those who identify as LGBTQ+ and are allies of the LGBTQ+ community,” Giants president and CEO Larry Baer said in a statement.
The team’s jerseys will feature the Giants logo in the Pride colors on their sleeve and hat, starting with their game against the Chicago Cubs at Oracle Park on Saturday — which is the third of their four game series with the Cubs.
The custom uniforms are similar to what the Giants’ High-A affiliate did back in 2019, which made them the first MiLB team to wear Pride-themed uniforms.
Check out this play to see, as if we didn't know already, how much fundamentals have deteriorated. Pure idiocy by Will Craig and his fellow Keystone Kops on the Pirates: