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More Examples of how The Game of Baseball has been Ruined by the Idiots who run it and play it

by Tony Medley

How can anyone take baseball seriously when they watch the ignorant louts that play it?

In the bottom of the 3rd inning of the Braves-Giants game tonight, the Giants had men on first and third with one out. A ground ball was hit to the infield and the runner on third broke for home to avoid the double play. The Braves threw home. In that instance the play you learn in high school is to chase the runner back to third and then throw it to the third baseman to tag the runner out, keeping the other two runners on first and second. But the Braves catcher chased him halfway back, then threw to the third baseman. The runner broke for home and the catcher made the play but the Giants ended up with runners on second and third instead of first and second as they advanced when the Braves screwed up the play.
Then in the first game of the day between the Rays and Texas, the Rays pitcher hit the catcher the with a pitch with two outs. The next guy hit a ground ball single into left, a ball that if hit two feet in either direction would have been an easy out. A single like that is simply luck, clearly not the pitcher's fault. So the genius Rays manager pulls the pitcher. The guy he brings in then allows a three run home run to dead center, the longest part of the park. The manager leaves him in. He allows another line drive single. The manager leaves him in. He allows another hard hit single. The manager leaves him in. Finally, after he allowed his fourth straight hard hit single, the manager pulls him, too. Where is the logic in this? He pulls his starter because of a ground ball single with eyes, but lets the reliever in after he's bombed.
In the first instance, these guys are playing for a championship yet they handle a play worse than a high school team. In the second it's just and example of the idiotic way managers judge pitchers.
October 7, 2010