A Lot Going On
Max Scherzer nearly became the second pitcher in major league history to throw consecutive no-hitters, or at least reasonably close, as he carried a perfect game into the 6th inning in Philadelphia. He now has a 1.79 ERA with insanely great ratios, but his won-loss record is only 9-5. That’s baseball.
Ryne Sandberg quit on the Phillies, who didn’t win with a very old, but too highly paid to replace, roster. I don’t know if management forced him out to distract attention, or he really just couldn’t take all the losing. Still, something about it doesn’t quite sit right with me about it.
Managers shouldn’t quit mid-season — make the team fire you, since a manager’s job should be to keep an even keel and get the most out of the players they can, subject to the actual, current abilities of the players on roster. A manager has essentially no ability to construct the roster — that’s the General Manager’s job — so you do the best you can with what you’re given.
Meanwhile, the first openly gay professional pitcher threw a shutout with 11 strikeouts the day before the Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that LGBT people have a constitutional right to marry. Here in Northern California, most of us are very much in favor of both developments.
The cold, hard reality for Sean Conroy, trailblazer or not, is that he’s pitching at the very bottom of professional baseball and is unlikely ever to reach the big time. The Pacific Association of Baseball Clubs is a four team league that I would categorize as a fly-by-night Independent-A League. It is a step below the Frontier League, which is basically an established Independant-A rookie league.
All Conroy can do is keep pitching well, and maybe next year he gets picked up by a league where another well above average season gets him picked up by a franchise in organized baseball. Conroy’s major contribution is that there will be a hair less pressure on the first MLB prospect who decides to come out in the hopefully not to distant future.
Prince Fielder hit his 300th major league home run today, making him and his father the second father and son combo, after Bobby and Barry Bonds to both reach 300 dingers. It’s quite an accomplish and perhaps shows that American baseball fans are just as obscure-stats obsessed as the Japanese.