August 8th, 2007


Baseball Goes To Borrrrrrring

This year was going to be so interesting for baseball statisticians and legal proceedings. It's actually been pretty boring, and will be boring from this day forth, until the World Series (assuming that match-up is a good match-ip).

BLAH, blah steroids in baseball, blah, blah, BORING! How many times can people rant about something that wasn't even illegal in the game at the time? It IS illegal in the game now, so feel free to blow-up at players who are stupid enough to 'cheat'. It wasn't cheating when it wasn't disallowed, so get over it, people!

This past week has been about pitchers not being able to get 300 wins in their career anymore, that the last person who may do it, Glavine, very well could be the last pitcher to get there, because the game has gone to where pitchers play 5-6 innings, thus making it harder to keep a win, or get a win. I'm not even sure people care about how many times a pitcher gets a win. Let's face it, it is all about how many runs are scored, which is why the American League half of the MLB is more popular to fans than the National League half. My personal opinion is that I like to have pitchers batting and not a designated hitter, so I prefer National League rules.

So last night time stood still in San Francisco when barry bonds hit his 756th homerun, making him the biggest home run hitter of all time. Now that is over there is nothing else of importance in baseball until the World Series, unless there is some excitement at the idea that the Yankees won't make the playoffs (anyone who ever counts them out of having a chance, ever in the first half of a season is a moron). The next biggest thing to happen will be when A-Rod overtakes Bonds in maybe 8 years from now, if he doesn't get injured (in a significant way) or banned from the sport.

Getting 3,000 hits in a baseball career is about as interesting as 300 wins for a pitcher, who cares. Sooner or later the list of 3,000 hitters will be so big that it will be of no consequence. Players play for longer now, and medical technology (and means to beat illegals drugs that assist in healing injuries) will cause players to come back earlier than ever and keep on trying to break records. Does anyone care about individual career stats until that person retires? Season stats are something else altogether, because it doesn't take 20 years to get there.

I was pretty pleased that Bonds hit his homerun at home. The fact Hank Aaron sent him a video message, splattered on the big screen at the stadium was pretty classy. The media has made up their own stories about how people feel about the homerun record being broken...beating that poor dead horse. It is what happens when a season, like what baseball has, goes on for so long with not a lot happening. If there isn't a record being broken some place in the game, and it isn't about the wildcard race, or division title, baseball is pretty boring for the media to translate to us because every game is irrelevant until we know which teams have no chance of making it, so we can ignore them and watch those that have a chance, until the playoffs are decided.

I'd have to say though, if I had the money to waste, I would certainly purchase one of the 5,000 bats being sold for barry Bond's record breaking homerun. That bat looks AWESOME, and at $130, it's very reasonably priced for something that will exist as the record until A-Rod breaks it in 2015 or so.