Chris Sale Punishment Not Harsh Enough

Photo by Keith Allison on Flickr (Originally posted to Flickr as "Chris Sale") [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Photo by Keith Allison on Flickr (Originally posted to Flickr as “Chris Sale”) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.

The tirade by Chris Sale this past weekend because he did not like the throwback uniforms the White Sox planned to wear is not funny. It’s not cute. It’s not someone making a stand. It is childish. It is something that if Mr. Joe on the Street did at his 9-5 job would result in immediate termination and likely criminal prosecution.

What did Chris Sale get? A five-game suspension and a fine – a fine that someone making nine million dollars a year would laugh at. In podcast #47, Gene Gumbs has a few suggestions what should have happened to Sale.

Employees don’t get to dictate team policies or dress codes. A McDonald’s employee doesn’t get to wear a Wendy’s uniform to work because it’s more comfortable. You can’t wear shorts to work at a Fortune 500 company just because you feel like it.

What, you ask, should the White Sox have done? Well, I am not naive enough to think Chicago is going to release him. But what they could do is immediately ship him out of town – and I don’t mean send him to a contender. I would send him to the equivalent of baseball hell to pitchers. Call the Colorado Rockies and see what they’d be willing to give up for a guy who is under contract for the next 2 1/2 years at a very reasonable rate. Let’s see what that does to Sale’s contract numbers the next time he signs a contract.

Colorado not have enough? Call the Oakland Athletics, the land of the backed up clubhouse sewers. Or maybe Atlanta. They’ve got a lot of young prospects, and are miles away from being a contender.

Hell, the Sox have almost no chance to get back in the race this year, so why not?

Look, it’s obvious Sale wants out of Chicago. His preseason temper tantrum when Adam Laroche quit the team because he wasn’t allowed to have his son there constantly, followed by this, is evidence of that. Someone committed to being a team player doesn’t do these kinds of things.

Of course, none of this will happen, despite the fact that Sale’s actions are exactly the kind of thing that makes people dislike professional athletes. The White Sox will coddle him or trade him to a contender; either of those things is exactly what Sale is likely hoping for.

Any fan worth their salt should boo the ever living heck out of Chris Sale the next time he steps on the field. His actions were selfish and childish, and did his team a disservice.

Also in this Episode:

  • Are the rich about to get richer when Aroldis Chapman goes to the Cubs?
  • Is Paul Molitor the right guy to lead the Twins?
  • The Red Sox still need relief help.
  • The 2016 Summer Olympics could be a train wreck.
  • My pick for team of the week

I thank you for listening! If you have any questions or suggestions for a future episode, leave me a note here or send me an email at ggumbs@sbcglobal.net.

Home Runs Being Hit at Record Pace

homerA recent article in Business Insider pointed out that hitters in Major League Baseball are hitting home runs at pace that would exceed the 2000 season, which was two years after the Mark McGwireSammy Sosa steroid-laced farce. This subject is one of the highlights of episode #46 of the podcast hosted by Gene Gumbs.

The biggest question raised in the article is why this is happening. Major League Baseball has very stringent PED testing now, so, in theory, the number of home runs being hit this year shouldn’t be steroid tainted. We’ve already seen a number of MLB and minor league players suspended this year, so the system appears to be working.

I don’t, in fact, believe steroids has anything to do with it. I think it has is mostly due to inferior pitching. Yes, a lot more guys are throwing in the upper 90s and hitting triple digits, but as the old saying goes, “The faster they come, the farther they go out.”

I also believe it is the lack of control that hurlers have that has led to the number of home runs. For the most part, gone are the days when guys like Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine painted corners and used guile to get guys out. Most pitchers these days don’t have that kind of control, and the changes to the strike zone has also made it more difficult for those who can.

Baseball Insider even said that MLB has tested the ball and is comfortable that the ball isn’t juiced.

I know this, baseball today has become an all-or-nothing kind of game for hitters. They hit home runs or they strike out. That is a bit of an exaggeration, but the number of guys who strike out 150+ times in a season has risen, along with the home runs.

It used to be a badge of shame to strike out a lot; now, no one blinks an eye. Ted Williams never struck out more than 64 times in his career (and that was in his rookie year!). Babe Ruth never struck out 100 times in a season. Joe Dimaggio? His highest number of Ks in a season was 39, also in his rookie year. To bring it a little closer to modern times, how about Wade Boggs? 68 in 1990, the same year he walked 87 times!

So, yes, we are seeing more home runs, but we are also seeing a lot more guys who don’t have the first idea what it means to be a complete hitter.

Also in this Episode:

  • If the Yankees want to compete next year, they need to blow it up.
  • Wonderful tributes to Rod Carew and Tony Gwynn.
  • The Red Sox get a jump on the trade deadline.
  • My pick for team of the week

I thank you for listening! If you have any questions or suggestions for a future episode, leave me a note here or send me an email at ggumbs@sbcglobal.net.