Top 10 Reasons Why MLB Sucks
Baseball hasn’t been able to appeal to elite African-American atheletes.
Counting Down the Downfall of Baseball
I am a baseball fan first and foremost. Here are my top reasons why…
#10-The players are overpaid. 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. The problems are many for this little pickle the MLB has put itself in. 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.
. 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!
It all goes to say, baseball has lost the interest of the African-American community. 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.
#5 Boring Commentary
The T.V. I am a teacher of the game at many different levels. Baseball has a unique dynamic that is referred to as chemistry, and it isn’t for sale!
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. 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. Even the struggling Reds lost Ken Griffey Jr., no he is not a franchise player for Cincinnati. You can find it the dictionary, but don’t look for it MLB clubhouses.
#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. 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. It let’s good hitter loose empasis on defense, and it takes away from the original nature of the game. But no the franchise players are as dead as the suicide squeeze in the MLB. There are fewer African-American playing the game of baseball today then in the 70’s. 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. 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. Or heaven forbid, my favorite argument, a picher that might be able to hit (Babe Ruth ring a bell). They give the poor kid a cap and a prayer and send him out there to compete. Too much controversey for the fair weather fan, they are probably Nascar fans now. This is the shoot’em up Nintendo generation here that we are trying to interest in our beloved sport. The Yankees payroll is out of control! Lucky for us the remaining fans that talent and money doesn’t always win championships. 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. The small market teams will never hold onto a franchise player, and this hurts the fanbase. For a purist of the game the DH opened a window for a single tool baseball player to make it to the bigs. This of course helps prepare them for free agency. Your best 9 against my best 9, everybody hits!
#3 George Steinbrenner
Don’t get me started on this figure. The double switch, the bunt, and the art of the pitcher moving a runner over. 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.
#2 The Designated Hitter
The designated hitter was devised in 1979 by the American League to up attendance and run production…blah..blah..blah. Where did these types of pitchers go? The intimidators, not on roids –I might add –where are they in the league. At least Jeff Gordon’s helmet size didn’t grow two sizes in a single season.
#4 Free Agency and the Death of the Franchise Player
Free agency is a curse! This has destroyed the franchise player. The free agent market paired with large market clubs will snuff out any such chances of restoring that to baseball. So how does pitching get back to where it was..Let’s start a couple more expansion teams..that will fix it. Pitching is relatively the same. Maybe the other 9 reasons the MLB sucks has something to do with it!
#9 Too Many Tampered Seasons
This blemish dates all the way back to the Sox throwing the World Series.
#7 No Parity in the League
Parity is defined as:equality, as in amount, status, or character. The already thin pitching talent being spread across the league to play in empty stadiums. League expansion is a cluster of uncanny proportions. 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. He is the anti-christ of the purist movement. 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?
#8 No Salary Cap
This is a problem. I love the game. Ole’ George will do whatever it takes to win because he loses so grasiously. 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. They also forgot that it took away some fundamental aspects of managing. 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. With no salary cap Major League Baseball has let a whiny bunch of babies be the face of the organization. But without a doubt he wanted to be a Red, even though they were horrible. But somewhere between being a kid that loves the game and being an adult who gets paid to play the game a transformation happens. I like the commentary, but it isn’t exciting television. 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. The purity of the sport is not represented at the Major League level. The head of the Yankee player monopoly will pout until he wins another World Series. Now we have records that are going to have undeniable question marks beside them. This is what happens without a salary cap. He put up Hall of Fame numbers while in Seattle. Too many prospects are being forced up too early. There isn’t a whole lot more coaches can do to teach players to throw 100 mph
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