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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Now We're In Trouble

So, tonight the Yankees were actually stealing bases (two of them!), starting runners, and generally not playing like idiots.

There's only one possible explanation: they are (shudder) listening to us.

How can we ever stand the responsibility? How will we deal with being held accountable???

Oh, wait. Neil Walker was in the lineup?


For a moment there I was worried.


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KD said...

In case you don't want to fill out the survey in order to read the article ranger_lp recommends...

Jayson Werth describes to a tee The Millennial in the Basement at Yankee Stadium:

“They’ve got all these super nerds in the front office that know nothing about baseball but they like to project numbers and project players,” Werth said.

″... I think it’s killing the game. It’s to the point where just put computers out there. Just put laptops and what have you, just put them out there and let them play. We don’t even need to go out there anymore. It’s a joke.”

“When they come down, these kids from MIT, Stanford, Harvard, wherever they’re from, they’ve never played baseball in their life,” Werth continued. “When they come down to talk about stuff like [shifts], should I just bunt it over there? They’re like, ‘No, don’t do that. We don’t want you to do that. We want you to hit a homer.’ It’s just not baseball to me. We’re creating something that’s not fun to watch. It’s boring. You’re turning players into robots. You’ve taken the human element out of the game.”

TheWinWarblist said...

I like when hitters go against the shift. It's hilarious.

Cowgirl-Up said...

I don't think I have ever witnessed a batter hitting, purposefully, to beat a shift.

Guys in horrible slumps might try it.

Accidents happen ( a late swing ) where the guys in the booth give credit ( wrongly ) to a batter.

But, as we know, hitters cannot do anything different than what they grew up doing.

That is why the trend toward over shifting is working. Hundreds of what would be base hits are now outs.

It is why the Yankees can't score, save by the home run.

Anonymous said...

Oh sure--the Yankee front office is regressing into troglodyte reliance on proven losing strategies favored by delusional octeganarians who haven't studied the basic data on these matters when the team has tens of millions of dollars on the line.

HC66--take a hot bath and a few mg of diazepam and get back to us at a later date. A much later date.

ranger_lp said...

@Cowgirl...once upon a time, a batter would get out of a prolonged slump by hitting up the middle. Because of shifts, you can't even do that any longer...

KD said...

Hey Cowgirl: no love lost with our group and Mr. Joggy Cano but the dude could really hit. LBJ shared a great video of Cano as a Yank. A team (redsocks I think) shifted on him, so Cano simply shot a dribbler down the third vase side for a double. after that they did not shift on Joggy.

It was a beautiful thing. maybe even the Millennial in the basement like that one.

Local Bargain Jerk said...

@Cowgirl: Here is the video to which KD refers.

If they give that to you, you take it.

If you show you can execute that play often enough, the shifts will stop.

As I said when I first posted it, that video needs to be tattooed to the backs of the eyelids of every player who hits into the shift.

HoraceClarke66 said...

Exactly, Cowgirl, LBJ, and KD.

The logic is simple.

If you hit to the open space against the shift, the other team will almost surely drop the shift.

This single item of logic defeats everyone of the never-fail algorithms that major-league front offices come up with.

If you hit an opposite-field double against the shift, nobody on the other team is going to say, "Phew, at least he didn't hit a home run!"

If you hit, say, three straight opposite-field doubles, and opposite-field triple, and a bunt single against the shift, nobody is going to say, "Okay! Not a home run in the bunch!"

Take what you're given, and you cannot go wrong in baseball.

If every defense in the NFL sent 11 guys deep to prevent the long pass, what would the offense do?


This is not rocket science. Trouble is, these guys try to convince themselves it is.