Baseball’s Crisis: Are Teams Forgetting How To Win?

Baseball's Crisis: Are Teams Forgetting How To Win?

Among the for-better-or-worse elements of the internet is that anyone can become a syndicated columnist, and in my case, for not even a penny more in pay.

But that’s OK as I no longer feel alone in my laments that big league, big-ticket baseball has been senselessly denuded of fundamental winning skills as they’re no longer taught or demanded.

Not a day passes without reading the woeful tales of MLB games from devotees throughout the continent and beyond of games risked or lost to the inability or unwillingness to do the least in service to winning. Other than replying that The Game is suffering from a sustained epidemic of illogically diminished standards, I’ve nothing better.

Here, where there are two teams, we’re able to double our wonder as to why multimillionaire players and their managers do whatever it takes to lose games and disable pitchers.

Still can’t get over Yanks-Guardians, Sunday, won, 8-7, by Cleveland in 10. Josh Naylor scored the tying run on a bobbled infield grounder to Gleyber Torres but it’s not as if Naylor didn’t try to be tagged out by a throw caught chest-high by the catcher.

While the sweep tag was missed, it was a close play only because Naylor didn’t perform the obvious fundamental. He didn’t slide home beneath the tag. He made an easy run — the tying run in the 10th, for crying out loud — into a close play. Astonishing! Or, at least, such used to be.

On YES, where the fundamental sight of whether the on-deck batter signaled the runner from third to slide or remain upright did not appear, John Flaherty, former MLB catcher, simply said, “I’m a little surprised Naylor didn’t slide.”

A little surprised? A week later, it remains flabbergasting! It’s highest rung professional baseball! Naylor, at $6.5 million per, isn’t paid enough to slide?

The Mets, last week, swept the Pirates, mostly thanks to the Pirates.

Early last week the Braves lost Spencer Strider, among the best starters in the majors, for the rest of the season. To his ulnar ligament in his right elbow surgeons attached an internal brace.

The survivor — the top of the flesh heap — wins it all.

If you claimed to be in direct touch with God as often as Deion Sanders, you’d be institutionalized — except in New York.

As can be seen and heard on @Backafttathis (on X), FS1’s self-promoting, rotten-guesswork artist and fact-fabricator Colin Cowherd claimed, “I covered [future Villanova coach] Jay Wright when he was an assistant coach at UNLV, and I knew he’d be great, but he just wasn’t ready at the time.”

Seems everything attached to the NBA this season, from its early in-season tournament to its play-in playoffs, is predicated on some gimmick to fuel TV value, almost as if gambling on NBA players and games still isn’t enough.

How’d you like to be a CBS News-Tokyo employee, recently laid off in order to cut costs while CBS pays Tony Romo $180 million to call half-a-year’s NFL games?

I’ve tried, but I just don’t get it. Two of the most ubiquitous commercial comedy acts on TV have been Kevin Hart, who will sell anything, and that winged creature in the Buffalo Wild Wings ads. While both are designed to be funny, there’s a nothing funny about redundantly loud and annoying.

Harvey Greene, a Gotham sports media go-to-guy until he bolted to Miami to become PR boss for the Dolphins, has been chosen for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s 2024 Award of Excellence. He’s one of those throw-back types — everyone knows him, everyone leans on him.

Well, it has reached this point: If Shohei Ohtani had nothing to do with it, why didn’t he? He allowed his pal to pull $16 million from his pot yet he and his — surprise, again! — newly revealed wife had no idea?

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