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Baseball is run by fools

by Tony Medley

Baseball is impossible to watch without being put in a state of constant frustration because it is run by fools. The way pitchers are handled is idiotic. They are treated as fungible.

A perfect example occurred in todayís Colorado-Philadelphia playoff game. In the top of the 4th, Philly was leading 3-2. The Philly pitcher, Kendrick, had pitched well after allowing two home runs in the first inning. There were men on first and second with two outs. Kendrick made a great pitch and completely fooled the hitter, who hit a weak dribbler up the third base line that the third baseman charged, but couldnít make a play on.

So what does Philly do? THEY PULL THE PITCHER!!! Why? He did what he was supposed to do; he fooled the hitter. Pull the third baseman for not making the play, but donít pull the pitcher!

But they pulled the pitcher. The reliever, Lohse, immediately allowed a grand slam home run to Kazuo Matsui, who only had four home runs this year.

Naturally, neither of the ignoramuses who were broadcasting the game mentioned the fact that there was no reason to pull the pitcher. Pulling pitchers for no reason whatsoever has become de rigueur. It takes three or four pitchers to pitch a shutout these days (in fact, Arizona took three pitchers to hold the Cubs to 4 hits and one run yesterday).

Every baseball game is ruined by mongoloid managers whose decisions on pitchers defy common sense and normal intelligence.

October 4, 2007

 

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