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Major League Baseball Bobbles and Blunders.

A few thoughts on baseball before the Yankees win the World Series again (not saying I like them, but it’s inevitable at this point… sorry Philly Phanatics), and nobody cares about the sport for a couple of months.

Can you believe the Houston Astros play with a 90 foot wide incline in theearly retirement just waiting to happen.  middle of center field that also features an inanimate steel flagpole placed in the middle of it?  How many centerfielders, home and opposing teams alike, must just absolutely refuse to chase after a ball hit in that direction?  If there was ever a career ender, it would be running straight into that pole at 25km/h (average human running speed) while looking over your shoulder and trying to make a catch.  It’s known as “Tal’s Hill” after team president Tal Smith, who must not like centerfielders very much.  It would be a different matter if it was an amateur team in a low-budget league, and they had to build their field around this obstruction due to a city injunction (like the terraces at “Sulphur Dell” In Tennessee and Crosley Field in Cincinnati), but this is a world-class, professional, multi-million (billion?) dollar budget team and league that consciously chose to put this little gem in the middle of play.  It’s not like they can’t afford to do it right.  While they are classy little acknowledgements to historical figures, these “features” only serve to injure players who teams have already invested a pile of money in to make their team better; it just doesn’t serve any logical rationale as to why the team and the league would allow for these pending disasters.   

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Alex Rodriguez and Nomar Garciaparra need to stop playing with their batting gloves before EVERY SINGLE PITCH and just hit already.  They’re on your hands, your fingers are in the holes, and the Velcro is done up – what more does a person require from a batting glove?  I understand the element of being in “The Zone” and the quirky rituals that players across all sports subscribe to to keep them mentally in check; but these guys are taking it a little too far, and bothering everyone who is forced to watch them every time they’re up to bat.

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Can the franchise known as the “Angels” please, once and for all, identify where they’re actually from?  Los Angeles Angels, California Angels, Anaheim Angels, and now… The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.  Luckily, they’ve played out of the same stadium since the 60’s, but if the casual fan didn’t know that, how in the heck are they supposed to know what city and field to go to to see his team play?

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Is there any chance of Major League Baseball adopting a home-run derby to settle deadlocks instead of extra innings, in the fashion of how the NHL reverts to a shootout to settle tie-games?  Is there any chance we could just change standard 9 inning baseball games directly to home-run derbies? Man, that’d be sweet.

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  1. November 2, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    I just have to root for the underdog and hope Phillies can extend the series! Hey, a guy can dream!

    • November 2, 2009 at 4:45 pm

      you are well within your right to dream, but at this point, you gotta agree the alarm clock’s ready to go off at any moment, unless there’s a whopper of a comeback on deck.

    • Robarelli
      November 3, 2009 at 12:27 am

      As much fun as it has been watching the Yanks lose in past years, they have sorta lost the role of playing a strong heel, especially now that they pretty much have a new club, which kind of fades the whole Good vs Bad storyline. The Yankees need to win again, with their new club, so everyone’s hatred of them can surface once again.

  2. Robarelli
    November 3, 2009 at 12:36 am

    At least they make the hill look decent. Howabout playing in Minnesota with garbage bags for an outfield fence

    • November 3, 2009 at 1:54 am

      I hadn’t seen that until just now. Pretty bush league. How does MLB continue its teams to present these kinds of facility oddities? Selig’s asleep at the wheel again, methinks…

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