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