Is actually the same reason baseball is beautiful. It is our past time as a nation. We’ve all played baseball. Usually the first thing a five year old remembers doing is traveling to tee-ball games.
This is also the problem with baseball; everybody played it.
So everybody thinks they’re an expert.
If you think I’m wrong, you’re proving my point by reading this at all. Every blog in this network is a living, breathing, typing testament to that fact.
We’re all experts, just read what we’re writing.
But this is absurd.
Because we’ve all played baseball and because we’re all experts there is never any short of opinions when it comes to anything. Just ask around; all your friends know exactly what the problem and solution is with your favorite ball club.
Colby Rasmus’ father needs to shut his mouth and take a good look at what the organization–a professional organization and probably the second most recognizable organization in the league–is actually trying to do.
I know that Rasmus’ father probably taught him how to play baseball (his father, of course, is a baseball coach) and there is undoubtedly a bit of pride at stake here, but there is a reason Mr. Rasmus coaches at an amateur level and Tony LaRussa and his staff are paid to coach.
Because the Cardinals and their staff know what they’re doing.
For his father to criticize the organization and allude to the organization trying to make his son perform more like Skip Schumaker (widely viewed as one of the least productive major leaguers) is almost unbelievable.
Aside from the fact that I can’t imagine any team anywhere trying to make somebody perform more like Schumaker, let alone a team that already has Schumaker on their roster, I don’t know where he’s getting his idea from.
Looking at Rasmus’ stats, though his Major League time isn’t great, he’s had two full seasons to look at.
What the Cardinals are suggesting Rasmus do is become more contact-oriented and have made no mention of hoping his power numbers decline. Though .270 and less than 30 homers isn’t hard to find, it isn’t bad either. And there is room for growth.
His rookie season he only belted 16 dingers and hit .251.
So he’s improving and steadily. Power numbers, OB%, OPS, all are moving in the right way. But his strikeouts are climbing at a Mark Reynolds-esque rate.
Which is what I think the Cardinals were looking at when they dicussed a more contact-friendly approach.
Not to hope he never hits more than 23 homers in a season (though with a lineup of Albert Pujols and Matt Holliday you don’t need him to club thirty a season).
The problem is the same reason the game is great.
We all love it.
We all played it.
But we all need to realize that very few of us are experts.