Since Sears is late delivering our Hot Stove, it feels like time to just throw out random things that have occurred or will occur in the near future that I don’t understand about baseball and in some cases specifically about the Astros. What? Sears filed for bankruptcy? Maybe that Hot Stove is never coming.
- Why would a team like the Mets put a former player’s agent in charge? Brodie Van Wagenen moved from player’s agent to GM in one fell swoop and is now making big moves like trading for Robinson Cano (whose huge contract was negotiated by his then agent … Van Wagenen). I know that he would “know” something about baseball, would “know” something about contracts, would “know” something about the value of contracts, etc. But agents live in an alternate universe where they think that Dallas Keuchel is the new Tom Glavine. Maybe they don’t believe what they say, but what do they believe?
- What exactly are the Mariners doing? I understand they picked up a number of highly thought of prospects in their trades to date, but is the plan to strip totally down like the Astros did or to try and do a half %^&# job and bounce back quickly. The Mariners won 89 games in 2018, but they were probably going to regress after going 36-21 in one-run games, and they missed the playoffs for a 17th straight season. Are they just trying to cut their payroll or do they think they can rebuild quickly to compete?
- I don’t understand how somebody like Charlie Morton suddenly found more mph in his mid-30s. I’m not saying there is pine tar working here, it’s just that it is counterintuitive that at an age where most guys are losing a tick or two this guy found a few ticks.
- I don’t understand why baseball can’t speed up a little. I mean basketball was able to transform from a sport where they had a jump ball after every basket to one where they could hold the ball forever to one where they have to shoot vs a certain time clock. Maybe we could attach electrodes to the hitters and pitchers and give them an uncomfortable zap when they take too long.
- I don’t understand baseball finances. It seems even when attendance is down or eyes watching on TV slumps, the broadcast rights and the salaries still soar. Is there no balloon ready to burst here like in other unsustainable areas?
- I don’t understand why I can’t get it through my head that I am laying my heart on the line for what is a business. Teams have little loyalty and can say goodbye to anyone including former Cy Young Award winners over money. Players have little loyalty and can say goodbye to their teams and fans over money. I need to encase my heart in a Kevlar case.
What don’t you understand?