Thanks allentown, much appreciated. I am still around but am really having a hard time acclimating myself to the new norm of major league baseball. I am convinced [simply my opinion] that one of the main reasons so many Phillie relievers are having arm problems is the way Kapler uses[or misuses] them so much.
I know the data is still being studied but everything we used to talk about here in regards to relievers was A] the more relievers you use in a game the more likely at least one of them will fail and B] it is not a great idea to use relievers on multiple days in a row. Yet, these have become the new norm and I lament the loss of the workhorse starting pitcher. There is almost no room for ace pitchers duals anymore, the days of Seaver vs Carlton are gone with the wind.
I also am no fan of the 3 true outcomes theory, this goes against everything I learned as a ballplayer. As someone who saw the hit and run, stolen base, hitting behind the runner and strategic sacrifice bunt as key components of what I have always believed was almost the perfect sport [ 90 ft to the bases, 27 outs, no time limit] I am simply dismayed at today's game.
And I cannot believe that history will show that hitting .300 really wasn't a great thing, my gosh this pretty much has has diminished at least 50% of my childhood heroes.
I guess I just think too much about a game I have loved since I could put on a baseball glove and constantly ask myself if Abner Doubleday [or whoever invented baseball!] would enjoy the game's evolution today. I don't believe he would.
Look, I still prefer Phillie wins to losses and still wax poetically in my mind about some hidden Latin gem that Uncle Sal will sign with this new international money the Phils got today but...I admit [again my opinion only] I don't think baseball is a better game today with the 5 inning starting pitchers, a new reliever every inning, walks being as good as a hit [not when the winning run is at 3rd base with two outs in the 9th] and strikeouts being the new norm.
I am trying so hard to get used to it, and Lord knows, the Phis certainly needed to get into the 21st Century sometime soon but the game has become a bit too computer driven for me.
When I need a historical baseball fix I simply go to retrosheet and that allays my yearnings for another day...for the moment.