I try really hard not to watch Baseball Tonight. If I had to guess I would assume that most of you do too. If you like Baseball Tonight, I'm sorry.
The last couple of times that I've seen the show I've manged to stumble across two features / stories / ideas that are just ludicrous. I ignored the first one, but since it is semi-related to the second one I'm going to discuss both causes of my annoyance.
Old Buck Showalter went off the other night about realignment of MLB. The poor little Orioles. The poor Blue Jays. The poor teams that have to play the AL and NL East. The realignment plan is cute and fun to think about. He suggested that every team play each other 6 times. 3 times at home 3 on the road. Egalitarianism for the schedule. Yippee.
This plan is stupid. The idea isn't even fun to think about. The idea would just go to keep the big guys from beating up on the big guys.
Normally I would just pass this off as some ill-fated attempt to fill airtime. However, the previous Baseball Tonight segment that I caught was Steve Phillips going on and on about how all of the big market teams making the playoffs is a good thing for baseball.
He went on and on how it would be best for baseball if the playoffs were Yankees, Red Sox, Angels, Dodgers, Mets, Phillies, Cubs and then some random team the AL Central. Really Steve? This would be best for baseball?
Um wrong. This would be best for the fans of those seven teams and those seven teams only.
Ok, so let me get this straight. The MLB owners won't stand up to the big market teams, the league won't stand up to the big market teams, and now ESPN is endorsing the big market teams?
This is just stupid. I know there are a lot of fans of the seven aforementioned squads that read this blog. If most of you follow baseball as closely as I suspect that you do, you'll agree with me that your teams don't need any help or sympathy or endorsement.
I suppose this is the next string in my diatribe against MLB's refusal to implement a salary cap, but whatever.
Realignment is good for the game? The big market teams making the playoffs is good for the game? Just another sign that MLB is falling behind the times.
MLB needs to take a lesson from the NFL. We know the Steelers will be good every year, and that is it.
The Colts are a Peyton Manning retirement from being right where they were before Manning came along. Even the almighty Patriots were a Tom Brady injury away from missing the playoffs. The Cowboys haven't won a playoff game in 15 years. The Giants are up now, but were at a pretty low swing in late 1990s and early 2000s.
The Dolphins went 1-15 and made the playoffs the next year. Good for the game?
Is there any conceivable universe in which the Nationals, Royals, Pirates, or Reds are close to making the playoffs? Is that really all that encouraging for the game?
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