I don’t particularly like it, but they do it to promote the sport worldwide, which is in the interests of MLB. What makes it uniquely problematic is that pitchers can’t just roll out of bed after a few months off and throw at a high level. Other sports don’t really have that type of issue.
I saw that he ranked 590 out of 594 pitchers in 4 seam fastball success. Opponents hit .321 against it with a whopping slugging percentage. Speed was fine- close to 96 MPH average. Experts say the pitch is too straight. It get hit a ton because it doesn't have velocity. Can anyone work with him on changing his grip or something to give it more movement or sink or something?
Because I literally have never watched one inning of the WBC. I truly do not care. I saw the replays later and people talking about it. That's the only reason I know anything about it.
And while it's cool that Jones robbed Machado of a homer with a great catch, it meant nothing to anything really. If he had made this in the world series, that's a different story.
Look, why do you think I care if you care or they care, or anyone else cares, It's MY DAMN OPINION that it sucks. Playing your fanboy games with me posting your fanboy pictures doesn't matter.
I have zero issues if you wanna all fanboy it up and love the WBC, feel free, but I care about the real season and that's it. Anything that could potentially get in the way sucks and is at the wrong time.
Feel free to disagree, but posting pics or showing quotes from players (who are never going to say anything bad about it) and stuff is going change anything.
You wanna love it, feel free.
After 30+ years in Austin, I just returned to Baltimore. Which pretty much makes this a lock to come true!
I really don't think MLB would play that well in Austin. There are lots and lots of ways for folks there to dispose of their entertainment dollars. And anyone in ATX with lots of dough tends to spend July and August somewhere else.