Baseball is reminding me of…

Baseball is reminding me of the worst in church behavior this morning. Middle-of-the-night firings, on a trip, after at least a week of whispering and rumor-mongering. If I didn’t know these were a baseball manager and two coaches, I might believe it was a youth pastor. But you know what? It’s cheap and hurtful behavior no matter what kind of organization is behind it.

No argument from me that things need to be shaken up in the New York Mets organization, but, the Wilpons should have had this done in the light of day – they should have handled it like men and not cowardly puppeteers. Omar Minaya may have indeed been instructed to hand out the bad news, that’s the GM’s lot. But Randolph, Peterson and Nieto deserved to be treated with more respect than to be booted out under cover of darkness, thousands of miles from home.

And, by the way, the Mets organization doesn’t have a corner on the NY-idiocy market. Did you see the ridiculous, whiny comments made by Hank Steinbrenner? In short, “It’s the National League’s fault.” Read it for yourself (enjoy!):

The Yankees’ loss of their ace, Chien-Ming Wang, for up to 10 weeks prompted the team co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner to chastise the National League for playing without a designated hitter.

“My only message is simple,” Steinbrenner said in Tampa, Fla. “The National League needs to join the 21st century. They need to grow up and join the 21st century.”

Steinbrenner said he was angry and added: “I’ve got my pitchers running the bases, and one of them gets hurt. He’s going to be out. I don’t like that, and it’s about time they address it. That was a rule from the 1800s.”

Making a rare appearance on the bases at an N.L. park in Houston on Sunday, Wang pulled up rounding third and hobbled home on a Derek Jeter single.

“This is always a concern of American League teams when their pitchers have to run the bases and they’re not used to doing it,” Steinbrenner said. “It’s not just us. It’s everybody. It probably should be a concern for National League owners, general managers and managers when their pitchers run the bases. Pitchers have enough to do without having to do that.”

I guess Hank forgot that the DH rule is what’s new (MLB rule 6.10, allowing a team to have someone bat for the pitcher, was instituted in 1973). That “rule from the 1800s” is part of the traditional game where everyone plays baseball on offense and defense. Hank, your baseball player got hurt playing baseball, that’s part of the deal… pitchers run all the time, whether on the bases or making a play, so quitcherbellyachin and stop looking for someone to blame for an accident.

Here ends my baseball rant (for now). :)

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