Where did these types of pitchers go? The intimidators, not on roids –I might add –where are they in the league. Pitching is relatively the same. This of course helps prepare them for free agency. Here are my top reasons why…
#10-The players are overpaid. Hitters have developed, even without the use of human growth hormones, the art of hitting a round ball with a round stick squarely has become a science.
#4 Free Agency and the Death of the Franchise Player
Free agency is a curse! This has destroyed the franchise player. He put up Hall of Fame numbers while in Seattle. They give the poor kid a cap and a prayer and send him out there to compete. He is the anti-christ of the purist movement. The double switch, the bunt, and the art of the pitcher moving a runner over. Even the struggling Reds lost Ken Griffey Jr., no he is not a franchise player for Cincinnati. With no salary cap Major League Baseball has let a whiny bunch of babies be the face of the organization. I am a teacher of the game at many different levels. But no the franchise players are as dead as the suicide squeeze in the MLB. I know the revenue sharing scam that MLB has put into place to hush up the small teams enough for them to keep a star of two, but this is out of control what these players make. The already thin pitching talent being spread across the league to play in empty stadiums.
It all goes to say, baseball has lost the interest of the African-American community. But somewhere between being a kid that loves the game and being an adult who gets paid to play the game a transformation happens. They also forgot that it took away some fundamental aspects of managing. Spice it up a little bit, if Golf can up their ratings due to Tiger and a few dicy commentators..what is MLB or the broadcast networks doing to change it up?
#1 Loss of the Inner City Development
Just when you thought I had nothing intelligent to say: The main reason that Major League Baseball is below average is because the inner cities do not produce baseball players like they have in the past. Ole’ George will do whatever it takes to win because he loses so grasiously. The purity of the sport is not represented at the Major League level. To me that is a player that should get to stay wherever he wants, and the MLB market should be to a point that some salary could be eatin’ by the Reds to ensure the Hall of Famer goes out exactly as he wanted to go. There isn’t a whole lot more coaches can do to teach players to throw 100 mph. The head of the Yankee player monopoly will pout until he wins another World Series. Maybe its boring, maybe there are no role models, maybe they have no place to play? For whatever reason there has been a lost link, and it shows. Granted there are some hard nosed athletes which could be considered baseball purist still around, but the Mark Graces of the World are few and far between.
#8 No Salary Cap
This is a problem. And the small teams get hit the hardest..these teams survive by calling up the next great hope from AA or AAA to fill a gap. The only thing that makes it bearable for a fan is they are in third place, and they haven’t had a World Series monopoly. Or heaven forbid, my favorite argument, a picher that might be able to hit (Babe Ruth ring a bell). Pitching is usually something you have that is innate and polished, hitting can be developed and is so more effectively in all the ametuer ranks of baseball. There are fewer African-American playing the game of baseball today then in the 70′s. The free agent market paired with large market clubs will snuff out any such chances of restoring that to baseball. The small market teams will never hold onto a franchise player, and this hurts the fanbase. League expansion is a cluster of uncanny proportions. I love the game. You can find it the dictionary, but don’t look for it MLB clubhouses. This is what happens without a salary cap. Maybe the other 9 reasons the MLB sucks has something to do with it!
Now that Nolan and the Goose have hung up their cleats who is left to make these lumber lugging neanderthals look retarded at the plate. Your best 9 against my best 9, everybody hits!
#3 George Steinbrenner
Don’t get me started on this figure. He has publicity stunts that take the focus off the game, and puts on a show for our young adoring fans about the urgency to win, and gives them a seminar on the art of whining about losing. It’s a joke that MLB pulled in order to do away with having pitchers go to the plate and flail out the ball in crucial parts of the game. ratings are falling because people would rather watch people drive around in a circle at high rates of speed then listen to another has-been drooling all over the microphone about baseball. Contemporary craziness is Pete Rose betting on baseball, strikes, and now the “roid rage.” There are just too many factors to list! It just well…sucks! The game has been tarnished in so many ways. This is the shoot’em up Nintendo generation here that we are trying to interest in our beloved sport. It let’s good hitter loose empasis on defense, and it takes away from the original nature of the game. At least Jeff Gordon’s helmet size didn’t grow two sizes in a single season.
#7 No Parity in the League
Parity is defined as:equality, as in amount, status, or character.
Counting Down the Downfall of Baseball
I am a baseball fan first and foremost. These types of players survive their MLB bootcamp with Kansas City or the Reds and then after those teams can no longer afford them they have them well groomed for the “big money franchises.” The rich get richer, the poor keep calling up rookies!
#2 The Designated Hitter
The designated hitter was devised in 1979 by the American League to up attendance and run production…blah..blah..blah. The Yankees payroll is out of control! Lucky for us the remaining fans that talent and money doesn’t always win championships.
#5 Boring Commentary
The T.V. But without a doubt he wanted to be a Red, even though they were horrible. The problems are many for this little pickle the MLB has put itself in. Baseball has a unique dynamic that is referred to as chemistry, and it isn’t for sale!
#9 Too Many Tampered Seasons
This blemish dates all the way back to the Sox throwing the World Series. Too much controversey for the fair weather fan, they are probably Nascar fans now.
. So how does pitching get back to where it was..Let’s start a couple more expansion teams..that will fix it. Too many prospects are being forced up too early. Now we have records that are going to have undeniable question marks beside them. I like the commentary, but it isn’t exciting television. MLB has been slow to move on this, but some initiatives are starting to funnel money back into developing solid inner city youth baseball programs. For a purist of the game the DH opened a window for a single tool baseball player to make it to the bigs. Baseball hasn’t been able to appeal to elite African-American atheletes