Baseball Jeremiad


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Are You Worried Yet?

Yankee fans, are you worried yet?

Rob Neyer thinks you should be

No, not about a group of Orioles fans getting angry about the constant pounding their team has received at your hands. 

We’re talking about CC Sabathia here.  In his SweetSpot blog, Rob Neyer links Joel Sherman’s screed in the NY Post.

Sherman writes:

He [Sabathia] was particularly fortunate last night to have the dispassionate, skill-challenged Orioles as opponents. Sabathia’s final line of two runs in seven innings suggests excellence. But this reflected more the inability of the AL’s lowest-scoring team to do real damage.

With Sabathia unable to tame his fastball, Baltimore amassed nine baserunners in the first three innings, but just two runs. Sabathia pitched better thereafter, but still nothing approaching his peak of the past few seasons. He remains without his familiar precision, throwing ball one to half (16 of 32) of the batters he faced. His fastball was consistently in the 92-94 mph range, but he got just one swing and miss on a four-seamer. Sabathia allowed nine hits and walked three in seven innings.

And then Neyer opines:
My best guess is that some of this is your basic regression, and some is your basic fatigue that happens to lots of pitchers. How many hurlers burn brightly for a few seasons in their 20s, only to fade in their late 20s and early 30s? And how many times have teams been burned by six-, seven- and eight-year contracts in the last 35 years?

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The Print Media

There’s a great feature on the WordPress “dashboard” called “quick press.” It allows a blogger to post directly to the site, without go through the entire “add new post” process. The drawback is that there appears no easy way to add hyperlinks through this shortcut process. However, it does allow for quick thoughts to be shared and other types of media to be added.

Thus: a quick thought.

What type of role does the print media continue to play in baseball, I wonder. I’m just as addicted to Neyer, Posanaski, Calcaterra, Fan Graphs, the Hardball Times and Sabernomics as the next guy. Yet, I can’t forget the joy in my Mets loving household when someone picked up the Sunday New York Daily News after church. My father, as patriarch got it first and rifled through to read Bill Madden, Mike Lupica and John Harper, among others. I still remember needing to get a copy of both the News and the New York Post to see the back page when the Yankees took one on the chin or the Mets triumphed.

And you know, I don’t want to lose that. I still take joy in rifling through a paper to see the news of “my team.” Despite their sometimes antiquated views on baseball, I find the beat writer and weekly columnist to be a part of following the game that I’m not quite ready to give up. Call me old-fashioned, but if the newspapers stop writing about baseball — or publish only wire reports — the game will only suffer.

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