Tuesday, June 2, 2020

The big wheel turns, and the Yanks jettison 45

Yesterday, the Yankees - richest team in baseball, by far: estimated worth of $5 billion, according to Forbes - released 45 minor league players, cutting their June payroll by about $72,000. Chickenfeed, eh?

Almost all are no-names, lost boys that you never knew. The one name that leaps out is Austin DeCarr, a third-round pick from a few years back, who couldn't stay healthy. So it goes. After all the work, the discipline and the devotion to a dream, professional baseball remains a cosmic lottery: One torn tendon, one weakened elbow.. and - poof - it's over. All that potential, all that excitement through high school, all that future fame and glory, the certainty of the cheerleaders - gone. Time to sell insurance.  

Though it's sad to see dreams die, this is merely a rite of June - the annual culling of the herd. The Yankees are doing what they always do - and what everyone does, actually: Cutting players, who will be replaced later this month by newly drafted youngsters. Shedding skin. It's time for a new crop of young men, each convinced of his infallibility, each who will slowly learn the terror of dealing with balls that actually curve in mid-flight. They will devote themselves to the game. They will play the lottery. 

These day, everything feels so different. At least 20 cities will lose minor league teams forever; they won't even get a chance to officially say goodbye. The owners are now reportedly proposing a 50-game MLB season, ending around Halloween, with the playoffs in southern climates. Considering the state of American cities, and the chance for continued unrest, can a made-for-TV baseball season actually reclaim relevance? Can baseball matter?

Well, I sure dunno. I respect the idea that a few extremely overpaid suits - fearing they could end up like the unfortunate 45 - are seeking to negotiate a 2020 season. I suppose we should support them, but fukkit: My heart is not in this. A four-month season? I see four months until the election. Things are going to get much worse. Tanks in America cities?

I hope the 45 ex-Yankee farmhands can find last chances, perhaps with other teams. Supposedly, the Yankee system is deeper than most, so maybe a few can hook-up with a franchise and keep the dream alive. Someday, maybe they'll take revenge upon their former employer. It will make a nice story, even if told at our expense. I just hope we'll be around to appreciate it. 


Anonymous said...

F**KIN TIGHTWAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!

HoraceClarke66 said...

So the playoffs would be going on IN THE MIDST of what's likely to be the most heated, even violent election in our history?

Yeah, what could possibly go wrong?

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