Based upon what people have been complaining about in baseball for the last few years, this should be considered a golden age for the sport. So many elements of the game that were considered problematic have been addressed. Some of the greatest drawbacks reversed.
With that in mind, I can only assume every single fan is thrilled with the product and can not wait to tell people that baseball is at its best.
Let’s look at what has been fixed.
I’m sick of the Northeast dominating baseball. It’s the Yankees or Red Sox every year. Borrrring!
Perk up little campers! We are about to have our first Northeast-free October since the advent of the Wild Card!
And while the Red Sox are technically the defending World Champions, they have as good a chance of defending that title as the Montreal Expos have of winning the World Series. Sick of Red Sox Nation? Well take solace in knowing that they are about to miss the post season for the 4th time in 5 years. Lots of time to cry in Chowder and wear down the ’04, ’07 and ’13 DVDs.
Meanwhile the Yankees are barely above .500, fading as contenders and have gigantic holes that even their deep pockets can’t fill in 2015. Unless they have a blistering September, the Yankees will not be a playoff team in back-to-back seasons for the first time since the Wild Card was created. This will be their third dark October in seven years.
As for the other Northeast teams, the Mets and Phillies, the less said about them the better.
So Northeast haters rejoice! You will have the October of your dreams.
Stars Always Leave Small Market Teams! It Isn’t Fair!
Well, talk to the Phillies and Yankees about how great signing stars to long-term deals can be!
That being said, more and more teams are locking up their key players to long-term deals. Andrew McCutchen, Felix Hernandez, Evan Longoria, Mike Trout, Salvador Perez, Madison Bumgarner, Buster Posey and Jonathan LuCroy won’t be hitting the open market anytime soon for a bidding war. Fans can actually get attached to these players.
Now sometimes that can backfire. Everyone thought it was great when Troy Tulowitzki stayed long term with the Rockies. Joey Votto and Joe Mauer signing long-term contracts warmed the cockles of everyone’s hearts. Will they regret it? They can’t all dump bad contracts to the Dodgers.
But hey! At least they aren’t all going to New York or Boston!
My Team Doesn’t Have A Chance! The Economics of Baseball Prevent Us From Making A Winner!
At one point this was a true statement. But if your team can’t put together a winner NOW, then blame your team’s management! As of now, both the Mariners and the Royals would make the post-season. If they do, it would mean every single baseball team would have made the post-season since 2005 with two exceptions: the Blue Jays and the Marlins.
And there are many ways to reverse your team’s fortune. The Rays, Pirates and Nationals built through smart drafts. The Athletics added through shrewd trades. The 2013 Red Sox slapped together a squad of bearded mercenaries. The Cardinals constructed a near-dynasty through the farm and letting players walk at the right time.
The Marlins and Blue Jays are building a solid foundation, and even the lowly Astros have hope for the future. So cheer up and be patient! Your team will give you an October before you know it.
Steroids Have Made A Mockery Of The Game
Have you noticed players look a little thinner these days? Have you noticed that testing has caught more players?
How about the 50-homer season? It hasn’t gone the way of the Dodo, but they are the outliers. Forty-some-odd homers will give you the league lead these days. The slug fests and toppling of records is all but over.
Scoring is down, and pitching duels are up, just like everyone wanted.
Plus the users are not getting into the Hall of Fame, so you can rest easy knowing that the great ballplayers, drunks, racists and bigots of the past won’t have their reputations sullied.
We Need Instant Replay!
Boom! You’ve got it! If we had this a few years ago, Armando Gallaraga would have a perfect game, Jorge Orta would have been out and we’d never had heard of Jeffrey Maier!
I Hate A-Rod!
Well then this year must have been heaven for you. Be prepared that he will be back next year.