Posted by Richard Herr at 10:00 AM
The signs are all there. We’ve just got to face up to them.
We have pitch counts. We have innings limits. We have starters, long relievers, 6th inning guys, 7th inning guys, 8th inning guys, closers, mop-up guys. We have a whole variety of pitchers who trot out for a single, designated purpose, are then encased in bubble wrap for a mandatory rest period, while other guys come out of their bubble wrap to perform their duties.
You no longer have Tom Seaver going nine innings. You no longer have Tug McGraw coming in to throw the last three innings. You no longer have guys doing 300 innings in a year. In the American League you have a tenth player in the game, the designated hitter. There are more and more players needing Tommy John Surgery. (I think that’s because a lot more guys are throwing fastballs in excess of 95 MPH.) The Mets completed the 4th frigging game of the season, without any new injury, and NEEDED TO CALL A GUY UP FROM THE MINORS.
We have reached the point where we have to abandon an age-old tradition in this game. We have to lose something that’s been going on for about a hundred years.
We have to increase the size of the roster from twenty-five.
It needs to go up to something like twenty-eight or thirty.
The next sound you will hear is the owners, in a group, rising up and groaning like a Greek Chorus in Brooks Brothers suits. They’ll whine that they can’t possibly come up with all of that extra money to pay three or five guys the minimum salary. They’ve forgotten they’ve got a billion-dollar business. But corporations are always that way. The only thing they want to see on their profit and loss statements are the income figures. They want to get rid of all of those nasty expense things that cost them money. And you can’t argue with them that they will be improving the product.
We’ve got to start seriously talking about increasing the roster size, and do it soon. Sooner! The game is deteriorating in its current shape.
Whenever Richard Herr isn’t solving all the Mets’ problems, he spends his time writing humorous science fiction novels.
You can see his books at https://www.amazon.com/Richard-Herr/e/B00J5XBKX4.