By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
Major League Baseball is dysfunctional. From the owners' booths to the dugouts to the product on the field.
But former Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis is here to tell it like it is with one of the most underreported issues: baseball is filled with too many people who don't like baseball.
Speaking to WBZ-TV's Dan Roche, "Youk" believes that major figures like commissioner Rob Manfred are fighting the wrong battles and many in baseball are in it for the wrong reasons.
“We have a serious issue within our sport right now, that there are so many people that aren’t baseball lifers,” Youkilis said. “I think that that’s one of the problems we’ve had, we’ve eliminated a lot of good people that truly love the game. And we’ve written them off and said they don’t know anything because they don’t understand new data or the new way of thinking. I think there’s a way that we could mix both into the sport while not just fully eliminating baseball people.
"And I think we’ve seen more people come into the industry that might not necessarily be in it for the right reasons. I think that’s where it gets really scary and I think there’s a lot of people that are upset and hurt by the fact that the sport is kind of moving in a different direction."
It's unconscionable for executives like Cardinals owner Bill DeWitt Jr. to say publicly taht baseball doesn't make a profit. To imply that they essentially aren't in it for the money. Because the Orioles, Pirates, and Marlins have invested so much in fielding winning ball clubs.
That or he's openly admitting that the game itself isn't on his mind. Only the profit margins.
These people really expect sympathy from regular-ass fans, many of which have made financial sacrifices of their own during the COVID-19 shutdown. They'll see right through this B.S. and do their talking when the games come back on and nobody watches.
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