Why I hate Major League Baseball
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I hate MLB. Wait, let me rephrase that. I HATE MLB with the fury of 1000 white hot suns. Why? Thats a good question. Allow me to elaborate.

WARNING - YouTube usage may follow. Browse at your own risk.


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1. Board Game: Where's Bob's Hat? [Average Rating:6.23 Overall Rank:4216]
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Read this article. A third base coach was killed by a foul ball so MLB instituted a helmet rule to keep the coaches safe. This is pretty much a no-brainer of a rule, but listen to what these idiots say about why they don't want to wear a helmet:

Larry Bowa (LA Dodgers 3rd Base Coach)- "That's not for me," he had said. "My question is, how can I be in the league 40 years and the league says who wears a helmet and who doesn't? These are very cumbersome.

Andy Van Slyke (Detroit Tigers 1st Base Coach)- "It's very odd, because it's leading to many headaches. It's uncomfortable. It's hot. It's unnecessary."

Jose Oquendo (St. Louis Cardinals 3rd Base Coach) - "a pain."

"It's hard, uncomfortable," Oquendo said. "You can't chew gum. Not happy with it."
 
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2. Board Game: Boa Bella [Average Rating:5.89 Unranked]
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Larry Bowa again. Obviously this guy is a grade A asshat. But this isn't just isolated to him. This is all the stupid coaches who argue calls. Hey morons, arguing calls doesn't get them changed. NEVER. No umpire ever changes a call after an arguement. None. Never. It doesn't happen. So what the hell is the point of a fight like this?

http://ballhype.com/video/larry_bowa_freak_out/

Save it for home Larry. At least Mrs. Bowa would have the common sense to slap the crap out of you.

 
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3. Board Game: Palm Beach Island Resort [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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Hey Mark, what about your buddy Rafael Palmeiro?

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2121659

"I have never used steroids. Period," he told a congressional panel in March 2005. Well Raffy, that looks like a big old lie.
 
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4. Board Game: "Play Ball" [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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So in an average baseball game, how long is the ball actually in play for? It seems like not very long. By in play, I mean, either being thrown, or hit. Not the time the pitcher stands there with it in his glove, adjusting his jock.

Read this. It may not be hardcore science, but its close enough for me.
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5. Board Game: Brawl [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:2445]
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Why in the name of all things holy is this allowed to happen?



http://ballhype.com/video/yankees_rays_brawl_it_out/

This is completely rediculous. People used to complain about hockey because there would be fist-fights in the game. Hockey has some very strict rules about fighting, official and unofficial. In a baseball game, players run off the benches and out of the bullpens!!! What the hell is a pitcher going to do? Absolutely rediculous.
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6. Board Game: The Official Dealer McDope Dealing Game [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:10907]
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Steroids

I'm not ignorant enough to believe that there's not drug abuse in other sports. But here's a sport in which there was NO DRUG TESTING PRIOR TO 2006!!! Seriously? How the hell can that happen? According to many "inside sources" teams went so far as to tell players how they could mask drug use in case of a random test. Wow.

Thanks a lot Mark McGwire. When I was ignorant to what was actually going on, I thought of you as a kind of hero. You were incredible. But then this happened:



This was followed by tears that were more of an admission than any words could ever be.
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7. Board Game: Money Card [Average Rating:4.40 Unranked]
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MLB has some of the worst financial management in all of professional sports. For starters, there is no salary cap. That means a team can spend as much money as they want on players. There is no restraint on this other than the so-called "luxury tax". If a team spends more than a set dollar amount, they pay a tax which MLB then uses for its "industry-growth fund". What the hell is an industry growth fund? This virtually guarantees that big market teams (I'm looking at you NY and Boston) will have more money to spend than small market teams (KC) simply because they have better TV rights, can fill more seats, and sell more merchandise. This is a never-ending cycle because the teams that have money will get more because they can buy better players while the low level teams can never compete on big salaries, thus ensuring they won't sign big name players.

Almost worse than a no cap, is no salary floor. Thats right. You can field a team and pay as little as you want. Players have minimum salaries based on experience, but other than that, there's nothing to stop you from fielding a team of scrubs for just a few million dollars. Alex Rodriguez makes $25 million per year. How can you possibly expect those teams to be competitive?
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8. Board Game: Outside the Scope of BGG [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:2543]
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I could go on and on, but I think thats enough. I'm sure I'll draw the ire of many baseball loving Geeks. I'm not telling you guys you're all wrong. I'm just telling you why I can't enjoy your "sport" with you.

Lets all hope for a strike in the near future.
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9. Board Game: Pay The Cashier [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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What about the fact that if you like baseball you have to open an equity line-of-credit to afford decent seats to take the average family to a game at an MLB park.

I'd rather go to a game at a AAA park. Same rules, sight, sounds, smells and beer, better atmosphere, and you can get an average family in for about the same amount as it would cost to take them to a first-run movie theatre.
 
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10. Board Game: WaveLength [Average Rating:4.50 Unranked]
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No, not that "wave" - although I'm not a fan of that either - but I'm talking about the length of the season.

With 162 games, each individual game seems meaningless. This is also why the playoffs in baseball is 1000 times better than the regular season - it's finite.

Incidently, basketball is worse in this regard: a long season as well as a playoff system that lasts almost as long as the regular season.

Football is almost perfect: only 16 games, with each one is sigificant, and it also has a short playoff system (one-and-done, as opposed to a series). Where Football goes wrong is by having 2 weeks between the Championship games and Superbowl. We really don't need 2 weeks of lame Superbowl stories to hype a game that most of us are going to watch anyway.
 
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11. Board Game: World Series [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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One thing that irks me, and I think many non-Americans is the fact that you call it the World Series...

But no-one other than US teams (and a couple of Canadians, correct?) actually contest it.

C'mon, it's a domestic league.
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12. Board Game: Outside the Scope of BGG [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:2543]
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Ah.. I'm sorry you don't like baseball or certain players that much. BUT, for those of you who do!! **Shamless Plug**

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