White Sox supervisor Tony La Russa is caught in an outdated philosophy filled with unwritten guidelines and different bullshit that should go away if baseball has any likelihood of not dying with the dinosaurs that also run it. Final night time, the White Sox have been thumping the Minnesota Twins, 15-4, with two outs within the prime of the ninth inning. The Twins, who have been clearly conceding, put a place participant (Willians Astudillo) in to lob up a pitch over the center of the plate. Yermin Mercedes, who’s a hitter, hit the baseball, and hit it far.
Hitter does job, which apparently he shouldn’t have executed.
In an interview at the moment, La Russa was upset about his participant hitting a house run.
“He made a mistake. There will likely be a consequence he has to endure right here inside our household,” La Russa mentioned.
Penalties? Baseball gamers dwell and breathe on their stats and manufacturing. Given the chance to hit a comfortable pitch lob over the center of the plate and park it within the bleachers, what’s the batter imagined to do? Strike out? If the Twins don’t need the White Sox hitters to hit, then they shouldn’t put a place participant in to pitch.
Mercedez, alternatively, doesn’t give a rattling about your unwritten guidelines, and goes to maintain taking part in, due to course he’s.
It’s paying homage to Fernando Tatis Jr., one of many brightest younger superstars within the recreation, hitting a grand slam up seven on a 3-0 rely final 12 months. As colleague Jesse Spector penned, “This was an expert recreation. If the Rangers need to stop, allow them to forfeit and go dwelling.”
I couldn’t agree extra. If the Twins wished to stroll off the sector feeling sorry for themselves, they should do it with out asking different skilled athletes to influence their stats. Each hit, each run, each dwelling run and additional base hit components right into a slash line, which is the measuring stick of manufacturing for whether or not these athletes maintain their jobs or not. It’s like not basketball the place a participant can merely not shoot — there’s no impartial choice on the plate. Each plate look is both a constructive or a unfavorable.
The White Sox are one of the entertaining younger groups in all of baseball. MLB wants them a hell of much more than they want La Russa attempting to stay to a drained set of “proper solution to play” guidelines.