If Brady Singer could pitch for the Royals every game right now I bet you would like it as much as I would. Is he doing great or what? Well, we don’t have any local teams playing tonight, but we do have Thursday Night Football. Sure the Cleveland Browns are one of the teams, so if you don’t want to watch that, get some chores done so you can have more time for sports this weekend!
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THE LEAD : 2020 COULD END UP HELPING MLB
It’s hard to get things changed in Major League Baseball. Baseball fans tend to want the game to stay the same. And while that’s great for familiarity, is not good for business.
See, I’m like many of you baseball traditionalists. Well, I should say I used to be like you. I grew up with two divisions in each league. The division winners played the first round of the playoffs and the winners in each league met in the World Series. It was great. In fact, there was a time when I wanted MLB to return to just playing the World Series between the teams that won in each league.
Well, in my youth, and for many years after that, I thought that the goal of MLB was to find the best team. That’s the team that should win the World Series. Makes sense, right? Is that what you thought?
As I have grown older I have realized that the goal of MLB is to make as much money as possible. Now, I should say that I always thought that was the case, but I thought you made the most money by having the best team be the champion. You see, I thought everyone was like me and wanted to see only the best teams in the playoffs.
Now I understand that the way MLB makes the most money is to keep as many teams in contention for a playoff spot as long as possible. Beyond that, it’s also the goal of MLB to entertain fans as much as possible. What I once thought was gimmicky I now embrace.
So this year, with the fear that the sky was falling, MLB delayed the start of the season and eventually was only able to schedule a 60 game season. MLB also decided to expand the playoffs. Maybe it was to be fair to all teams since the season is so short, but actually it was because they could do it and it will make them more money. And Wednesday we learned that commissioner Rob Manfred wants to keep the expanded playoffs after this season.
So the COVID season might cause expanded playoffs from now on. There has already been an assumption by many that the designated hitter will never go away in the National League. It looks like both leagues will use the DH from now on. And that’s a good thing. Watching pitchers hit is awful and the increased strategy that some argue is great about the game without the DH, is not enough, if you even agree with the argument, to make fans watch a pitcher hit as much as they watch Mike Trout.
So two major changes could be here to stay because of the COVID season. It took something beyond the control of MLB to cause major changes to the game. We were already on the road to an electronic strike zone. The ‘rona might push more changes into the game.
MLB baseball is so difficult to change because so many people in the decision-making positions like baseball the way I did when I was young. Today I am in favor of more changes to improve the game. And maybe the COVID season will show MLB and it’s fans that changes once considered unthinkable can now be made without the game falling apart. And they might just make you love the game even more.
Royals 4, Tigers 0
All local teams are off today.
– Khalen Saunders will miss about a month with a dislocated elbow. There were no fractures and he doors not need surgery according to Ian Rapoport.
– Charvarious Ward, who broke his hand in the season opening win against Houston, could play this week depending on how practice goes.
Royals 4, Tigers 0
Has Brady Singer figured out pitching at the major league level? No, it’s too soon to say that. But Wednesday was the second consecutive outstanding performance from the young starting pitcher. By backing up his last performance with a dominant outing against Detroit, Singer sure has people dreaming of having an ace.
And how much does it help having Salvador Perez back? Salvy gave the Royals a quick lead in the top of the first with a two-run home run.
The Royals didn’t do much in this game but that’s not a bad thing. Sure, I would like to see more offense, but I love seeing dominant pitching even more. I would take a 4-0 win every night.
– The Royals optioned Jakob Junis to the alternate training site. Junis has been pretty bad this season. Junis’ ERA is almost at 7 (6.94). The club also placed RHP Matt Harvey on the 10-day disabled list. RHP Scott Blewett and INF Erick Mejia were recalled from the alternate training site.
ROUND AND ROUND
– The Big Ten voted unanimously to start football. Games will begin on October 23. Teams will play eight games in eight weeks.
– MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred reportedly wants to make the expanded playoffs that will be use in 2020 permanent.
– The NCAA Division I basketball council has decided that November 25 will be the first day of the college basketball season. Practice can start on October 14. The maximum number of games was reduced from 31 to 27.
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