Maybe I have this idealized vision of what MiLB is supposed to be, based on my life and experience in watching both the leagues and Bull Durham about a thousand times. But whatever they are supposed to be, they are, at the end of the day, a weeding out process. A massive try out, if you will, for the Major Leagues. I get that most Minor League players aren’t going to make it. But they have a dream and they have a desire to try. And they have a passion for a game that they believe will be rewarded once they pay their dues and earn the respect of the game. Even players who never make the Big Leagues almost always receive something back from the game to which they have given so much of themselves.
So I was a little surprised when I came across the story of Garret Broshuis, a one-time Giants prospect and currently Baseball America writer, who spent six seasons in MiLB making it to AAA. He didn’t have Big League Stuff, and so he got his law degree and went to work for a law firm, stronger for the experience and probably with some great stories to tell. Now, as a lawyer, he has decided to make his bones with a class action lawsuit claiming that he – along with 30 other Minor Leaguers from every teams system – were victims as MLB was in violation of wage and overtime laws. Read the rest of this entry
From the “Let’s Provide a Fix For a Problem that Doesn’t Actually Exist File,” Baseball has announced that “Pitch Clocks” WILL BE USED AT AAA AND AA THIS SEASON. The theory here is that the pace of the game will “speed up,” which has been deemed a problem, particularly when the Yankees battle the Red Sox. So here we go again, tampering with the very fabric of the game – again.
When I was a kid, there was no such thing as a “Designated Hitter.” That came about in the American League and while it changed some of the managing of a game, it didn’t hurt things all that bad. Then came ubiquitous artificial turf, which, as far as I am concerned can go burn in hell. This did change the game, badly as far as I am concerned, because not only did it allow gap doubles to become inside the park home runs, it led to the worst baseball abomination of all time – Domed Stadiums.
Look, I lived near Seattle in the early 1980’s, the first time I had ever been close enough to a Major League City to go to a game pretty much when I wanted to go. The Mariners were bad. No, bad doesn’t do it justice. The Mariners were atrocious. When the 1983 team lost it’s 100th game, Wayne Cody celebrated on the air with a bottle of very cheap champagne. I went to at least twenty games that year, including “Fan Appreciation Night” against the Division Winning White Sox. The fans were booing the cheap prizes the team gave out to “thank” them for actually showing up to watch this team of not-so-loveable losers. With Steinbrenner wannabe George Argyros at the helm of the team, it seemed like there was no hope whatsoever for the future and baseball in Seattle was doomed to double-knit uniforms with still a better logo than they have today on the hat. Read the rest of this entry