Game starts soon!
The tanking phenomenon in Major League Baseball is really starting to get on my nerves. It didn’t bother me till Game 7 of the World Series.
The last three world champions (Royals, Cubs, Astros) got there by intentionally assembling terrible rosters for years on end so that they could lose a lot of games and end up with high draft picks.
That’s a bad thing. MLB needs to do something about it.
One-third of the teams this year are not trying to win. That’s bad. Really bad.
I saw a great idea from a Baseball America writer, suggesting that a team that loses 100 games two years in a row should fall 10 spots in the draft order after that second year.
I’m proud of the fact that the Dodgers go for it every year, year in and year out. They have one goal and one goal only: playing winning baseball. The Dodgers never tank.
I listened to Gordon Lightfoot’s greatest hits on the way to work yesterday. I wore out that cassette tape when I was in high school, traveling Dubuque County’s gravel roads.
The Dodgers have won 200 or more games in a two-year stretch three times in their history — 1941-42 (204 wins, 104 losses), 1952-53 (201-106) and 1962-63 (201-126).
The Dodgers need to win 96 games in 2018 to reach 200 in 2017-18.
I’m embarrassed to admit that I did not know the 1942 Dodgers were so dominant. They won 104 games and lost 50, finishing two games behind the Cardinals for the National League pennant.