Rantings and Ramblings

My Relections on Baseball

Baseball Demographics

Opening Day Rosters 2016 2017
Black, African American, or African Canadian 7.7% 7.7%
Hispanic or Latino 28.5% 31.9%
Asian 1.7% 1.9%
White 59.1% 57.5%
Foreign-born players 27.5% 29.8%

I never had been a baseball fan. I found it boring. Then I watched a game and started to realize all the finese and skill that was involved. Yes, it can move slow at times. Yes, when your favorite team is getting their ass kicked, it can be no longer entertaining. But it comes down to this fundemental point. The pitcher controls the game one pitch at a time. It is the classic mano a mano when the pitcher faces the batter. It's his skills tested against the batter who is trying to hit the ball. It comes down to which one is better able to execute, control, command and be consistent, either in their pitching or their batting. And because of this, the fan never knows what is going to happen any given minute of the game.

For me, what makes baseball so entertaining is that you never know what to expect with each pitch, each play. Is the ball going out of the park? Did the fielder catch it, over ran it, dropped it? Did they get the runner out at second base? (Let's go to the instant replay.) The umpire is missing the calls badly. What gives? In a three game series, one team can beat the opponent badly one game and lose the next two just as badly. How can a seasoned player miss an easy ground ball that slides past his glove and trickles into the outfield. All these things make baseball what it is. For me, very entertaining!

Why is it so hard to get that third out?

Why is it the first two foul balls are called strikes but no matter how many foul balls are hit after that, they are just foul balls and do not count as anything?

Why do coaches pull the pitcher out when it is the defense that makes the mistake, like an error and the runner gets on base?

Why do coaches pull the pitcher out prematurely? They are doing good but in the middle of the inning they will pull him instead of letting him finish the inning.

With a few exceptions and a few outstanding teams, it is generally the bullpen that ends up losing a game. (Think Tampa Bay Rays!)

I think Joey Wendle of the Tampa Bay Rays is one of the purist in baseball. When he steps up to plate, there is no batting gloves, no elbow guard, no shin guard, no thumb guard. Just him and his bat facing the pitcher. That is baseball at its finest to me.


Mike Holeman |