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Good morning baseball fans!
Not even sure how I’m typing this, but the Mets signed Tim Tebow to a minor-league deal.
While we are still talking about Tebow, what are the odds that he makes a major league roster?
Now to real baseball news, Stephen Strasburg left his start on Wednesday after feeling elbow discomfort. Today he was diagnosed with a flexor strain.
What happened to the Giants?
This was to be their year! It is a year that ends in an even number, and all the sabermetrics in the world will run their algorithms until the computer servers burst into a thick smoke of rancorous disbelief, and still the Giants would find a way to laugh their way to the Commissioner’s Trophy. They may yet still do so, as they remain a half game up in the running for the second Wild Card over a Mets team that’s seemingly injected octane and the Energizer Bunny into their veins.
Yet you had to go and put a curse on them, reader. Oh, I could throw a bunch of numbers at you and show you all the ways that the Giants have been bad, but there’s no real need for that, seeing as it would only serve as filler. You know that they’ve been bad, I know that they’ve been bad, and Bruce Bochy knows they’ve been bad. When you go 17-32 over a period of time, there’s more than one thing that goes wrong. Most things go wrong. This is not a band-aid problem. It’s a problem in which the patient is rapidly losing blood and the attending surgeon just raided the liquor cabinet for that tequila he bought the other day.
Here is a roundup of news from around the American League East.
The Rays signed Alexei Ramirez for the remainder of the season.
Baseball may have a roster expansion problem.
What else is there? Well, they could just get rid of the roster expansion in September entirely, but I can’t imagine either side preferring that option. They could shrink the expanded rosters from 40 down to 30, but that would essentially end the practice of calling up minor-league veterans and fringe prospects, the types of guys who benefit the most from getting a big-league paycheck for a month.
This seems to be a situation where the two parties responsible for finding a solution don’t have incentives that align with really solving the issue. So, despite the fact that no one really wants to watch a game with 15 pitching changes, I don’t know if there’s a change that will solve the issue while actually making either the teams or the players happy. In the end, this might just be a situation where the cures aren’t any better than the disease.
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Today in Baseball History: In 1993, baseball expands the postseason and its divisions.