I’ve said this before and I’ll undoubtedly say it again, albeit in far louder and more annoying terms and tones: the quality of the baseball product stinks. It’s unwatchable. And more important to Major League Baseball, it’s unsellable. If you have disagreed with me on this, you’re certainly entitled. But we now have one of the most accomplished executives in baseball history telling us the game is being ruined – and that should count for something.
Before you start fantasizing about quick-fix moves the Red Sox can execute this offseason with the hopes of becoming relevant again, here’s a tip: get real. Yes, the Red Sox have money to spend, but Bloom isn’t likely to throw around stupid money or forfeit draft picks and/or international signing money, both of which he would have to relinquish if the Red Sox were to sign a free agent who obtained a qualifying offer.
The Red Sox are down to five candidates, at least officially, but we all know that’s a stretch. The real number is one or two. And if the Red Sox are smart, here’s what they should do: Bring back Alex Cora. And then make Sam Fuld his bench coach.
But this isn’t about the Dodgers, the Rays or the World Series, per se. It’s about the state and future of baseball – assuming there is one. If 2020 just proved that 60 games is all we need, then maybe it’s time for baseball to take a good, hard look at what it can do to improve its product and adapt to the times.
Meanwhile, Betts is now 2-for-14 in the NLCS (a .143 average). This postseason, in 40 plate appearances including 33 official at-bats, he has no home runs. The Dodgers have hit nine home runs in their current series and 11 in the postseason overall – but the man who tied teammate A.J. Pollock for the team lead with 16 during the regular season does not have a single one of them.