Kansas City? Kansas City is the problem location for the Major Baseball League (MBL)? Or should it be called the Major Barbarian League? Why does Kansas City even have a franchise? I mean really. That was a Yankee minor league place for decades. And now Kansas City is the leading culprit in this current round of baseball barbarism?
Within five days this week there have been major violent confrontations with three pairs of teams, two of which involved the Kansas City Royals.
Barbarity should be banned. Wednesday, April 22, 2015
How did we get to this point? How does any reasonable person in 2015 think that this makes sense? Am I the only one who has had enough? Why do we tolerate this?
Intentionally hitting batters should be banned and pitchers who violate this should be suspended without pay for increasingly long periods and banned forever if they persist. The players association should support it.
Conduct unbecoming: HBP, gambling, PED. Thursday, April 23, 2015
Hit by Pitch (HBP), gambling, performance enhancing drug (PED) use. Where are the priorities?
Rob Manfred, the commissioner who considers everything, consider this: your league is devolving into the National Hockey League (NHL). Wake the heck up and show some leadership before someone (player, fan, umpire, ...) is seriously hurt. What is hurt already is whatever is left of our delusion of the integrity of baseball. The American national pastime has always had a dark side.
The Dark Night Batman imagery applied to New York Met pitcher Matt Harvey as some kind of avenging angel has taken hold and Harvey may be one Yankee game (today's?) away from becoming the next thug to cause trouble. Harvey flagrantly hit all time Phillies second baseman Chase Utley with a pitch in the fifth inning on April 14 in New York. Why? Utley had homered off Harvey in the first inning and singled in a run in the third. In the fifth, there were two outs, the tieing run on second and the Met coaches wanted to take the bat out of Utley's hands. So Harvey took matters into his own annoyed hands and drilled Utley. Harvey couldn't retire Utley fair and square so Harvey fired a fastball and intentionally hit Chase Utley, who chose not to fight back. Harvey then defiantly stood in front of the mound practically daring Utley to a fight while the umpires did nothing. Sound familiar, Met fans? Several years ago Yankee thug pitcher Roger Clemens hit Met catcher Mike Piazza in the head because Clemens could not retire Piazza fair and square. Met fans were appalled and so was this Yankee fan.
Met fans cheered Harvey's act of cowardice and wore even more Batman stuff to Harvey's next start April 19 against Miami, also in New York. Today Harvey pitches in New York yet again but this time in Yankee Stadium. Last night the Yankees broke the Mets 11 game winning streak. What kind of mood will Harvey be in today? Does Harvey have any reason to think that his tough guy act will be inhibited by the rules or the umpires?
Commissioner Manfred, the A-Rod Slayer, where are you? The barbarians are inside the gates.