Friday, January 8, 2016

If you played an entire MLB season would you get a hit?

This is something my friends and I have been arguing about for a while now. The original argument was whether or not I would get a hit if I played an entire MLB season (500-600 plate appearances).

Background: I never came close to playing D1 college baseball or anything but played varsity in high school and everything and could hold my own. My argument as to why I would get a hit rests on three things....

1. I wouldn't be looking to draw a walk. This is important because it gives me an extra hundred or so chances at a hit that most major leaguers don't get. I have a 3-0 count? I'm looking to hack.

2. I'm not facing Clayton Kershaw 600 times. Do people realize how many AAA bums make appearances throughout an MLB season? I realize my hit isn't going to come off Kershaw, Bumgarner, or Chapman but if some scrub hangs a curveball I'm pretty sure I could bloop it into right field.

3. I would get so much better as the season went on. This is my argument's best point. My hit isn't coming in the first 100 at bats. Those are just to get my timing down. Honestly it's probably not coming in the next 100 either. But after months of working with MLB hitting coaches my swing would improve dramatically plus I would have hundreds of at bats to get my timing down. Come July I could be facing a checked out reliever on the Phillies in a meaningless game. 

Now there would be other factors as well. The media attention during the first 100 at bats would be excruciating. No pitcher would want to be known as the guy who gave up a hit to me. I will have to be 0-250 so the pitchers let their guard down a little. I'm also not even sure my teammates would like me. MLB players don't want some recent college graduate hanging around who has never even played college baseball.

I would also have to adjust to the lifestyle. As an MLB player I would be making league minimum which is a little over $400,000 so you know I wouldn't be getting the right amount of sleep most nights. After a while though I will be ready to commit to my craft and will stop partying (or I'll just run out of money). Basically that means the only thing that could slow me down would be injury and if it came to that I would just pop some HGH, Peyton Manning style.

Are the baseball HOF voters the dumbest group in the world?

MLB - Griffey and Piazza were revealed as the National Baseball Hall of Fame's Class of 2016 during a live show on MLB Network and on Wednesday. Griffey is the first No. 1 pick to make it, while Piazza is the lowest pick to do so. And while Griffey fell short of being the first player elected unanimously by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, he was named on 99.3 percent of ballots (437 of 440), breaking the record of 98.84 percent set by Tom Seaver in 1992. Piazza received 83 percent (365 of 440) in his fourth year on the ballot.

Even Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds gained some traction for the first time in their fourth years on the ballot. Clemens, winner of 354 games, went from 37.5 last year to 45.2 percent this year. Bonds, the all-time leader with 762 homers, earned a bump from 36.8 percent to 44.3 percent.

There may not be a more egotistical collection of people than the BBWAA. Every year we hear them bitch about one thing or the other. Some are pissed they can only vote for ten players. Some don't vote for any. Who the fuck didn't vote for Ken Griffey Jr. to make the hall of fame? Who the FUCK didn't vote for Ted Williams, Babe Ruth, or Willie Mays? The fact nobody has ever received a unanimous selection is just stupid but that's not even my biggest problem with the HOF.

Let's talk about the steroid guys. I know everyone has a hot take on this but my argument actually makes sense. Anyone who doesn't think Barry Bonds or Roger Clemens are hall of famers are just wrong. The best way to look at the steroid era is as just that. It was an era. You know why Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth didn't take PEDs? Because they didn't exist back then! If they could've taken a supplement that would've increased their stats, salary, and popularity of course they would have. So would you! MLB didn't institute PED testing until the early 2000s so technically most of these guys weren't even breaking the rules. And for those of you that argue we can't let them in because it would ruin the character and integrity of the HOF let me remind you that Ty Cobb is in there and it's public knowledge that he was a flaming racist who would fight fans in the stands and try to injure players by sliding spikes up.

Lastly, every year we hear arguments that guys like Larry Walker and Tim Raines should get voted in. The problem with this thinking is that when we compare Walker's stats to other hall of famers we always compare them to the worst players voted in which after years of doing has lowered what it takes to get into the hall. In my opinion if I don't instantly think of you as a hall of fame player, you aren't a hall of fame player. Pedro Martinez? Hall of fame. Nolan Ryan? Hall of fame. Mike Mussina? I don't think so.....