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baseball stupidity on pitching
been watching a lot of baseball this year and that doesn’t mean that I
like it any more than I did because of the way these dopes continue to
handle pitchers, and the Dodgers’ manager, Donnie Baseball, is one of
the biggest. But they are all dopes. In today’s game between Oakland and
Kansas City, Kansas city's starting pitcher, James Shields, was leading
3-2 in the top of the sixth inning. He was sailing, in total control. He
allowed two runs in the top of the first on a two run home run, and had
shut them out totally since then. He got the first guy out, and the
second guy mis-hit a ball that dropped into short right field for a
Texas league single (not the pitcher's fault; he did his job, got the
batter to hit the ball weakly; the fact that it fell in for a single is
just the law of averages). While pitching to the next batter the TV
cameras show close-ups of the Kansas City manager, Ned Yost. I could
tell just by looking at him that he couldn't wait to make a huge mistake
and pull Shields; the stupidity was emanating from him like a malignant
sweat. Sure enough, Shields got to 3-2 on the next batter and missed
(maybe) by an inch on the outside corner, a beautiful pitch actually.
Two men on, one out, and your pitcher still in total control. Here comes
Yost! He brings in a new guy. Bang! A line drive 3 run home run over the
centerfield fence, putting KC down 5-3. Bang! A line drive single to
right field, followed by a wild pitch. Now let's look back here, Shields allows a poorly hit Texas
League single and walks a man on a three and two count with a very good
pitch and gets pulled after pitching 5 1/3 innings of very good ball.
His replacement immediately allows a 400+ foot home run and a line drive
single and throws a wild pitch, but Yost leaves leaves him in the game! There's some sort of
reasoning here? Oakland scored more runs in the inning, but that's all
irrelevant. Even if K.C. comes back to win the game (I'm writing this in
the middle of the sixth), that doesn't make up for the total lack of
common sense in the way Yost and everyone else in baseball handles
really slow torture for me to watch this nonsense day after day, week
after week, month after month, and year after year. There is not one
person in organized baseball who understands the concept of pitching.
September 30, 2014