Major League Blahball

1 Aug

Ken Rosenthal has a sharp summary of Trade Deadline Day in today’s The Athletic:

The game on the field in 2019 — from defensive shifts to platoon-based lineups to third-time-through-the-order removals of starting pitchers — is all about playing the odds.

The game off the field, with risk-averse, value-obsessed clubs all using the same analytically driven playbooks in free agency and trades, also is becoming little more than a math equation.

In both aspects, the life is getting sucked out of the sport.

“There’s much less gambling, which the odds rightly suggest you should avoid,” one general manager said this week. “But that’s not much fun to watch.”

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