Archive for the 'Red Sox' Category

What’s Wrong with Baseball

As we prepare to continue this series here is a review of numbers 7-10 of the list. Click on the titles to read the articles. Number 6 to appear soon.

10: Wimpy Pitchers

9: The Designated Hitter

8: Cheating

7: The Concept of the Closer

Incentives Gone Wild: Schilling Discloses Conflict of Interest

Here’s a sports and ethics nightmare. Curt Schilling has disclosed an alarming conflict of interest/incentive in his contract. He gets $1 million for each 2008 Cy Young Award vote, including second or third place votes.

There are 28 baseball writers in the Baseball Writers Association of America who vote. That’s not many, but still, it’s enough that fixing a vote result should be impossible.

But what about a relatively insignificant third-place vote? Not saying Schilling would do this, but this possiblility exists for unscrupulous players who might score similar contract provisions: Influencing one third-place vote that wouldn’t be much noticed and dividing a million dollars could be easy for a complicitous pitcher/writer duo.

This is a bad idea. Many publications already ban their writers from voting for the Cy Young, fearing subjectivity/potential conflicts of intersts. MLB needs to step in and put an end to this ethical nightmare.

Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reported this:

Schilling jokingly acknowledged the possibility of such high jinks in an e-mail Tuesday — and seemed to revel in the idea.

“I need to win enough games to get a ‘Well, I gave him a third-place (vote) out of respect for what he’s done,'” Schilling said. “And then (get) an e-mail stating that writer’s dream car, and I am all set.

“You get a Cy vote? What do you drive?”

In certain years, I do have a Cy vote, yes. But I replied to Schilling I will not accept a bribe of even a Hyundai, thank you very much.

[http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/7416282]

I’m sure CS was joking, but still, it gives one pause.

It’s Just 2-0 (?)

I can’t say it with quite as much conviction as when it was 1-0. At least the margin of defeat was 11 runs less. I’m still rooting for a 7-game series.

It’s Just 1-0

The Colorado Rockies were completely dominated by the Boston Red Sox who put on a record-breaking display in a 13-1 route in game 1 of the World Series at Fenway Park. The Sox handled the Rocks like they were Little Leaguers, but an hour after the game is over, it’s no worse than a 1-run loss for the Rockies. It’s just a 1-game-to-none margin no matter what the score was. Maybe the Red Sox have used up all their hitting in the first game, they might be thinking, hoping.

Who knows? What we do know is that this was just one game and Boston will need to beat Colorado three more times before they can be crowned. And it’s not exactly like the Rockies have never had to overcome a seemingly insurmountable difficulty before.

So play the games. Hopefully seven of them. Fans love seven-game series.

No matter what happens, it has been an incredible postseason, one that has been good for the fans, and good for baseball.

Teams of Destiny to Square Off in Series

11-2, 30-5, 3-0. The numbers that brought the Red Sox back from the brink of defeat … again … and put them back in the World Series. Game seven win: 11-2. Total score against Indians, last three games: 30-5. Games won after Cleveland led 3-1: 3-0.

The Red Sox are a team of destiny.

And now they play the Rockies, a team whose entire payroll is about what Boston paid for Dice-K. With the Red Sox on a roll and Colorado on an extended hiatus, the Rockies have their work cut out for them.

But both teams are teams of destiny, with remarkable comeback stories. The Series awaits.

Byrd Revelation Casts Pall Over Indians-Red Sox Game 7

I have said that game sevens are heaven—seventh heaven if you will—for baseball fans. It is unfortunate when anything takes away from those magical games. But a blog called Sports and Ethics can’t ignore the current revelation about Cleveland starter Paul Byrd.

“Byrd, whose win in Game 4 of the ALCS moved the Indians within one victory of the World Series, bought nearly $25,000 worth of human growth hormone and syringes from 2002 to 2005, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Sunday.” (Read the full report here.)

Baseball doesn’t need this. One normally associates steroids with power hitters, like the accusations against Barry Bonds. But a non-superstar-type player seems to have the most to gain from such use. Byrd has denied the accusations in the past. The timing of this revelation seems political, like something that would happen near election time. Game 7 is the closest to election time in baseball there is. It is a shame to see this now. It is even a worse shame if it is true.

No matter what happens, we will be hearing a lot more on this. If the Indians pull one out tonight, it will become front and center until the end of the World Series.

Rockies Are Still Waiting; Red Sox Win Big

The Colorado Rockies knew they had a long wait before their next game after sweeping the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NLCS. But as of tonight, they also have the maximum wait to discover whom they will play in the Fall Classic.

Shortest possible series in the NLCS, longest in the ALCS. The Boston Red Sox, at home in the friendly confines of Fenway Park, had no difficulty in evening their series with the Cleveland Indians and sending the series to the most exciting of all baseball playoff scenarios … a seventh game, where one is done and the other triumphs.

Behind seven strong innings from the Mr. October of pitchers, Curt Schilling, and an early grand slam by J.D. Drew, the Red Sox coasted to a 12-2 victory. Schilling has already added to his legend; now, will the Sox do it as well by polishing off the Tribe in game seven?

No one knows. That’s why game sevens are heaven for fans. And still, the Rockies wait.