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Saturday, July 27, 2019

Pitching the name of the game heading into MLB’s trade deadline

If the past few winters have revealed little else, it is that the game lacks the stomach for mediocrity. Or make that, perhaps, inevitable mediocrity. Planned mediocrity. That leaves winning, or trying to win, which is where the money is. And it allows for rebuilding or tanking or whatever today’s idiom is, which is where the alibis are. (And where the money is.)

The rest is a clock-punching slog dressed up as second wild-card ambition and Mike Trout highlights. Nobody shoots for mediocrity as a place to hang out until the Double-A cavalry arrives, assuming it’s headed this way at all, except here we are, a third of Major League Baseball there anyway, selling hope and $25 parking spaces in the name of “meaningful games in September.”

It is, of course, just this sort of accidental relevance that fuels and complicates the final days of July and a trade deadline in which the winners are expected to deal away potential prospects for the players they wouldn’t sign in the winter because of the cost in draft picks, so potential prospects. And the rebuilders (and tankers) are expected to send their best players to the New York Yankees for what is safely assumed to be the next Mickey Mantle. The rest, the accidentally relevant, are supposed to choose between selling out and buying in based on the results of, like, four late-July games played against other equally adventitious souls. General managers will make these decisions and the subsequent deals—or non-deals—with great confidence. They will, by and large, be guessing.

Anyway, this is basically the system that had Yu Darvish pitching for the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 of a World Series and Steve Pearce driving in three runs for the Boston Red Sox against the Dodgers in Game 5 of the next World Series, that has Fernando Tatis Jr. growing up in San Diego and not Chicago and Chris Paddack growing up in San Diego and not Miami and why, otherwise, the Padres should hardly ever make trades.

Wait a minute- I thought fame was the name of the game! Curse you, Anthony Franciosa!

QLE Posted: July 27, 2019 at 11:06 AM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: pitching, the name of the game, trade deadline

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   1. filihok Posted: July 27, 2019 at 03:33 PM (#5865545)
Fans: Nothing matters but the rings

Also, apparently, fans: 83 wins I'll come out for. But not 79.
   2. Walt Davis Posted: July 27, 2019 at 06:51 PM (#5865571)
FTjr was traded at 17? I would have guessed that was illegal. He doesn't seem to have played any organized ball before the trade (presumably in a White Sox Dominican academy or something).

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