I believe the rationale merry-go-rounds don’t circle backwards is to stop youngsters from vomiting cotton sweet everywhere in the horses. Backwards could be extra go-round than merry, unhealthy for enterprise.
Yet those that name the pictures at MLB are smugly tethered to backwards and unhealthy enterprise.
In MLB’s makes an attempt to velocity the tempo of play by making inedible hash of games — automated walks, seven-inning doubleheaders, runners positioned at second in further innings — whereas inviting lengthy and completely unintended replay delays, the one efficient change it might legislate could be to shorten TV and radio industrial time to 1:30 from 2:05 per half inning.
That would save nearly 10 minutes of lifeless time per 9 innings. Before TV cash grew to become the rationale MLB will get out of mattress each morning, simply over a minute lapsed between half-innings. Games performed in snappy order helped maintain baseball’s recognition and standing as our nationwide pass-time. For a long time prior to the addition of VPs of Marketing, youngsters have been born to play and love baseball.
Game 7 of the 1960 Yankees-Pirates World Series, gained 10-9 by Pittsburgh, was performed in 2:36. That well-known (or notorious to this 8-year-old, on the time) sport was performed in daylight on a Thursday, Oct. 13.
Today, it will have been performed in November. It would’ve begun at 8:15 p.m. and been performed in over 4 hours, ending after midnight, thus unseen by youngsters and adults in Pittsburgh and New York, to identify two massive cities in the Eastern Time zone.
But such a between half-innings change — one which doesn’t alter the sport — would value, uh-oh, some cash. Both MLB and nationwide and native baseball networks would have to take rather less in TV and industrial income.
Players, together with the overpopulated strikeout-or-home-run legions who step out of the batter’s field to alter their batting gloves after each pitch, together with balls, additionally would have just a few fewer bucks thrown at them.
And with yesterday gone, there appears no higher time to make that change than now.
Consider what we now see throughout industrial breaks throughout Yankees and Mets telecasts: a pile of repetitive advertisements for get-rich-quick sports activities playing operations, crew promos, community promos, ticket gross sales promos, postgame present promos and public service bulletins.
Not solely does a lot of this promoting produce no TV income, a lot of it may be — and is — seen and heard in the course of the games. Yet MLB places games on prolonged maintain for this.
Heck, Yankees radiocasts have “official sponsors” of the Yankees or the Yankees’ Radio Network, from roach spray to potato salad, and after each pitch.
And it’s not as if 10-12 pitching adjustments per sport can’t or don’t carry further industrial income.
But MLB is so blindly addicted to TV income that its foresight has been sacrificed to short-term greed that in poor health serves baseball as each a sport and wholesome enterprise. And that senselessly summoned decline continues.
Consider that whereas Rob Manfred nobly declared what we all know isn’t even shut to true — youngsters are MLB’s high precedence — yesterday, a summer season Saturday, the earliest sport scheduled east of the Mississippi was Royals-Blue Jays at 3:07 in Toronto.
The Saturday earlier than, just one early afternoon sport was performed. All else started in the late afternoon or have been performed at evening.
Yet, this previous Wednesday, with no nationwide TV cash in play, 5 early afternoon games have been performed. That’s backwards.
But taking care of baseball now, to finest guarantee its tomorrows, is anathema to each Manfred and crew house owners. As baseball continues its course of self-mutilation, they deserve one another.
As Mr. Burns, who owns the nuclear plant, stated after Homer Simpson reminded him that he’s the richest man in Springfield, “Yes, however I’d commerce all of it for a little bit extra.”
What’s two extra or-all-nothing New York sluggers?
What’S on “particular” in the present day?
While multi-talented two-way infielder Trea Turner makes his way from the Nationals to the Dodgers, the Yankees stay caught on buying house run-or-whiff specialists, the most recent accessible in the Giancarlo Stanton mode.
In Joey Gallo, acquired from Texas, they now have a fellow who, although he walks greater than most, entered Friday with 25 homers however 125 strikeouts in 310 at-bats, 40 p.c of his at-bats.
The Yankees appear to maintain small curiosity in batters who don’t attempt to uppercut the ball in the analytical pursuit of hitting blasts. It’s as if Brian Cashman nonetheless hasn’t grasped the worth of a DJ LeMahieu. He acquired that one proper, why wouldn’t he need extra?
Meantime, as even the YES announcers have hinted, Stanton, at $29 million per to DH, appears as complacent as a moose head over a fire. When not grounding into double performs — 13, heading into Friday, three off the AL lead (Jose Abreu, Josh Donaldson) — he has struck out 101 occasions in 298 ABs, 34 p.c of the time, and, as Michael Kay twice final week instructed, he’s over 40 p.c because the All-Star break. In alternate for a $325 million contract, he has been extra drawback than answer.
As for the Mets’ acquisition of Cubs shortstop Javier Baez, you possible know he’s from the Robinson Cano faculty — gifted, however disinclined to run to first base, even in postseason games, together with the World Series.
With a penchant for showboating, he’s an undisciplined batter, this season putting out a fraction quick of 40 p.c of his at-bats. He’s robust for previous schoolers/good schoolers to root for.
Runners are out to lunch
Last Saturday, Yankees catcher Rob Brantly was double off first as a result of he ran considering there have been two out when there was one. Days earlier, the Mets’ Jeff McNeil, the runner on first with two out, stopped close to first after the ball was batted truthful.
In this age of the-game-has-changed, we don’t know what MLB first-base coaches say to runners, however we do know the primary — and final — factor they need to inform them.
When “nyet” means “da”: Everything smells of a con. Russia, banned from these Olympics for systemic drug check dishonest, however is doing very properly on the Tokyo Games, competing because the “Russian Olympic Committee.”
Reader Ron Brandmayr means that with phrases beneath assault by the woke (who ought to have remained asleep) — “mom” have to be changed by “birthing individual,” thus even vulgarities are threatened. “Motherf—ers,” he writes, ought to now be spoken, tweeted or rapped throughout Super Bowl halftime reveals as “birthing individual f—ers.”
The Olympics have added harmful stunts — “excessive sports activities” akin to skateboarding down hand railings and watch-’em-wreck BMX bike racing — to appeal to youthful viewers. It’s not working.
If cussing in public have been an Olympic sport, the U.S. ladies’s contingent would win gold.
Reader Keith Marston on an Olympic headline he’d have preferred to learn, as per Naomi Osaka: “Introvert Holds Torch On World’s Largest Stage.”
Remember, sports activities followers, that’s The Guardians, “Keeping Cleveland protected from international invasion since 2021.”