Baseball statisticians and experimental mathematicians have ruined the game of baseball for me, and are turning the average fan into a nutcase.
Baseball used to be a simple game with a “see the ball, hit the ball” and “see the target, hit the target” objective. Now it’s all about pitch counts, four days rest, and advanced statistics that tell us a bunch of stuff that no one cares about.
I don’t care what a lot of the sabermetricians say, baseball is not a complicated game. What ticks my clock is that the Minnesota Twins didn’t make a major move before the trade deadline. It was rumored that the Twins had to only part with starting pitcher Kyle Gibson and third baseman Trevor Plouffe for perennial All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. Other All-Stars such as Johnny Cueto, Yoenis Cespedes, and David Price were moved before the deadline. Meanwhile, the Twins, afraid to make a move, ended up with Kevin Jespen.
I received a lot of comments on my article saying I was off-base in my thinking. I was told, “The Twins weren’t expected to be in contention this season, so there is no point in selling the farm.” While the Toronto Blue Jays gave up some good “prospects,” they also ended up with Tulowitzki and Price, two players on track to make it to Cooperstown.
I would rather give up some prospects for two great players, who would have filled two huge voids, than what the Twins have at the moment.
When it comes to trading prospects for proven players, proven players ALWAYS win. Most prospects develop into average-to-good players, rarely do they develop into stars. When was the last time a Twins’ prospect developed into a star?
I don’t get people’s way of thinking. When your team is blessed with a chance to win, even a team that is up and coming like Twins (that’s what they tell me), why don’t you try to add a valuable piece or two to the puzzle?
After the deadline, the Twins have managed to fall off the face of the earth as they are 2-7 in the month of August and are now one game under the .500 mark.
Of course, all the sabermertricians will say, “Well, if you looked at Minnesota’s numbers this was bound to happen.” So giving up 34 in a three-game series to the Cleveland Indians was bound to happen? Or giving up 66 runs in nine games was bound to happen? That’s plain stupidity. This team stinks because the people at the top were fine with the status-quo and didn’t want to inject some life into this team. How about getting a reliable starting pitcher, or a solid catcher, or a shortstop? I guess the “sabermetrics” didn’t add up, huh?
What once looked like a bright season has suddenly turned into a raging hell-hole.