© Chuck Duboff
I am having a difficult time coming to grips with what is happening to baseball. Watching the manner in which the Toronto Blue Jays lost the game last night has left me shaking my head about the direction that baseball is going in.
In an attempt to protect players from serious injuries, MLB has now ruled that players must avoid contact with a defensive player when sliding into a bag. This is similar to the rule enacted for home plate, where every attempt must be made to avoid collisions. Jose Bautista slid away from the Tampa infielder and his hand just barely touched him. Yet upon replay (which I despise), the umpiring crew, or the eye in the sky in NY, called it a double play and the game was over. Following the game, John Gibbons said: “we’ll come out tomorrow wearing dresses!!!”
The game of baseball that I have known and loved is vanishing. It was always the human element of baseball that was so great…and yet we are now in the age of instant replays, where umpires calls are questioned and we have to wait for minutes on end to supposedly get it right.
This season another exciting rule was enacted…mound visits can only last 30 seconds. Clocks in baseball…no thank you.
Defensive shifts are taking away from the game…in other sports such as basketball, you are penalized for playing certain defences. Watching 7 guys line up on the right hand side of the infield and watching what used to be a hit, go harmlessly into a 3B glove on the right hand side of the infield, is not baseball to me.
As my son-in-law Chris said, there’s just too much money involved in baseball. The pure joy of the game I grew up watching is disappearing. There are those out there who will say that I’m just an old timer stuck in the past and that we need to connect with today’s youth. If this is what is happening to Major League Baseball, I’ll take my Winnipeg Goldeyes any day…where players play for the love of the game, not their next $40 million contract. (fyi, don’t get me started on 6 innings and 3 ER being a quality start; that equates into a 4.50 ERA, nor don’t bring up pitch count…)