FIRST COMPLAINT: Is anyone else bothered when one of the former baseball players whose name was linked to cheating by using PEDs gets rewarded by getting a job in the world of baseball, a world he helped taint? Off the top of my head I can think of the following former players who were hired as coaches: Manny Ramirez, Mark McGwire, Barry Bonds and there has been speculation that Jason Giambi will join that group. Andy Pettitte got a job as a special adviser to the Yankees general manager in Feb. of 2019.
Of course, many other players who got caught, served their punishment but only after their inflated stats had earned them huge contracts. Why not take a chance I’ll get caught if a) I might not get caught b) I can put up big numbers and c) ultimately I already made or will make a bundle of loot thanks to PEDs so it’s worth it.
Other men who were rewarded with jobs include FOX analyst Alex Rodriguez. I’ll never understand why anyone would hire someone who tarnished baseball as these cheaters did. Of course, FOX also hired Pete Rose, but that’s another story.
SECOND ISSUE: I’m not big on the stats young members of the BBWAA seem to love now so I have to complain about the kind of stats put up by some Cy Young Award winners. Go back to Felix Hernandez or stick with the NL winner over the last two years, Jacob deGrom. In his case, his wins total is incredible.
Bob Feller used to say he didn’t care about any stat but one, the most important one, WINS. He’d cruise a bit when he had a big lead, unconcerned that his ERA would suffer. He wanted to stick it out for nine innings and allow his fate to be in his hands as he secured win after win after win.
Now, over the two seasons de Grom has won the award, he has put up some incredible numbers, BUT his two-year win total is a mere 21. That’s right. He’s 21-17 over that span, hardly a big boost to his team. It may or may not be fair, but look at what men such as Steve Carlton did in ONE YEAR. “Lefty” went 27-10 in ’72 when his entire Phillies team won just 59. That’s pretty close to being responsible for half of his team’s wins. One more example. When Sandy Koufax won his last two Cy Young Awards in 1965 and 1966, he won 53 times, 2 1/2 times as many as de Grom.
Of course if you go back to real old-timers, the contrast is even more startling. I chose one pitcher off the top of my head and glanced at his best two and three consecutive seasons for wins. Grover Alexander won 64 in back-to-back seasons and his highest win total over a three-year stretch was 94. That means to match him, in 2020, de Grom only needs to win 73 games!
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