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Major League Baseball Should be Ashamed of Itself

Posted on: May 27, 2008 9:10 pm
 

Yes, I notice my blog has turned from a place for Power Rankings and whatnot to a haven for rants! Well, here's another one!

Major League Baseball is playing bully in a situation with Little League teams. The situation is, roughly, that the MLB wants Little League teams to have to purchase jerseys with their team names on it (i.e.-Red Sox, Yankees, Astros, etc...) through Majestic Athletic, the official sponsor of all Major League apparal. However, Majestic is much more expensive than the current means used for Little League teams to fund their uniforms.

Now, this is absolutely ridiculous to me. Major League Baseball has naming rights, but this is just stupid. When I was a little kid and played sandlot baseball, one team would always yell out first, "Haha, we're the Yankees!", and the other one would go, "Oh yea, well, we're the Mets!", and then you'd play a game that was all of a sudden turned into a friendly rivalry of sorts! Kids want to play baseball playing for the 'Yankees' and Giants', and whatever closest or favorite Major League team they're near that their Little League has. That's just how it is, they want to play for a Major League team while in little league, it makes it more fun for them. Major League Baseball now is playing the bully, like I said earlier, and demanding that this fun cost more money.

As a kid, I loved playing for the Pirates! My best friend (of 19 years, and I'm only 20) played for the Yankees, and we had a nice friendly rivalry! It was always fun playing the Mets, Red Sox, Astros, and whoever as a kid! But, Major League Baseball sees a money making opportunity here (yes, because they need so much money), so they must play bullies.

It's like Lewis Black says, the greediest F-ers in the world can even look at these guys and say, "Wow....that's really F-in greedy...I wish I thought of it."

Honestly, it's pathetic. However, without Major League Baseball withdrawing this outrageous demand, I have a few ideas!

  1. Change the names slightly: Kids don't want to play for the Hometown Bulldogs or Muckhens, they want to play for a Little League Big League club. So, just change the names slightly! I got this idea from The Daily Show and Colbert Report from the writer's strike when they came back during the strike. The Daily Show changed to A Daily Show, and The Colbert Report (silent Ts) to The Colbert Report (pronouncing the Ts). Make the teams the Red and White Socks, not Sox. The Yanks, the Blue Birds, the Cards, the Bears, etc...not the best idea, but for smaller leagues, it could work. It's not MLB teams, it's original team-names based off of MLB teams.
  2. Use Throwback Teams: I like this idea the best. Not only are they introducing the kids to some baseball history, which is always fun, but Major League Baseball isn't going to demand Senators, Beaneaters, Highlanders, Browns, Pilgrims, and Robins jerseys be made through their chosen official apparal company. If they would, they're even more pathetic than I originally thought.
  3. Tell Major League Baseball to Shove it: I take back what I said earlier, I like this idea the best. Tell Major League baseball to go find something better to do, like, oh, I don't know, keep making the game better in various ways and work on getting HGH testing rather than trying to rip Little League teams out of funding money so they can make more.

Thank you for reading my rant!

Category: MLB
Comments

Since: May 11, 2008
Posted on: June 1, 2008 1:08 am
 

Major League Baseball Should be Ashamed of Itself

 I'm very saddened to see this. A lot of the kids that play on little league teams come from poor families. How does the MLB expect their parents to pay for it? I have a habit of going to alot of little league games at my nearby park to show my support for the kids and for the fact that the kids have baseball available to them. I know from befriending parents and coaches alike that the uniforms they get now are not cheap at all. For that reason, I donate money whenever possible (as I, too, am in the lower income bracket) and help organize bake sales and candy sales. I have no kids but I love kids and I strongly believe that in this day and age, with the increase in gang violence and drugs in my city along with other cities, the next generation of kids need an outlet for them to be able to keep busy and outa trouble. I joined alot of extracurricular activities myself as a kid (swim team, ROTC, drill team, drama club and a part-time job) to stay away from bad influences and temptations so I firmly believe in these things. How can MLB think this is ok? Don't they think of anything but money? Gawd, this just angers me to no end. I wish I could do something. Can't we start an online petition or something? There's gotta be something we can do. It would be such a shame for kids to hafta quit playing baseball cuz they can't afford the stupid uniforms.  They're already expensive enough. Lemmee know if there's someone I can call or write to please. My email addy is .

 

~Go Red Sox~




Since: Jul 31, 2007
Posted on: May 31, 2008 9:42 pm
 

Major League Baseball Should be Ashamed of Itself

Manny, great blog and rantings, as a current LL coach, I would love to see kids playing sandlot.  We have it tough enough right now to get kids out on the field and playing.  I find it discouraging that kids nowadays would rather be playing the baseball  videogames than actual baseball.

As a kid, I was lucky enough to play for the brewers, (as yes I had to explain it was not the bruins) and we played in fine quality wool uniforms.  Nowadays we look for sponsors and play for that team--but when cash got tight, we decided to abandon the sponsor route and just get different color shirts with our league name on it.  We now have green, blue, red and yellow teams.  Not quite the same thing as playing for the red sox, but it does not really matter as long a the game is played. 

I can rant alot about LL and kids and the lack of sports vs. wii and xbox fatigue, but to have MLB try and get more cash from cash starved LL programs around the country is a true outrage.  We have parents that can't afford the fees now, but as a organization LL usually will waive any fee based on need.  We have kids playing whose parents can't afford to rub two nickles together and MLB wants their cut--that is pathetic.




Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: May 31, 2008 4:08 pm
 

Major League Baseball Should be Ashamed of Itself

Greed hath no bounds...

Isn't it truly amazing that the more $$$ any institution has, the more it craves and the greedier it gets.

MLB is acting as irresponsible as the oil companies if not worse in this case. They are beating up on little kids through daddy and mommy's wallets...

Well said man! That's how it goes, the greedy just get greedier. Reminds me of a Bruce Springsteen song:

Poor men wanna be rich, rich men wanna be kings, and a king ain't satisfied till he rules everything.




Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: May 31, 2008 4:03 pm
 

Major League Baseball Should be Ashamed of Itself

Ya say Kids will be deterred from playing because the League don't have Majestic Jerseys aka Pro jersys?...Im sorry I have to disagree with the point that Not having MLB uniforms will drive kids away from the game.

No need to apologize, it's your opinion Casey, but it's not exactly what I was saying. What I was saying is that having a jersey with a big league ballclub's name on it can only add to wanting to play, not take away (not pro jerseys through Majestic, but just any jersey with a big league club on it). As a kid, would you rather play baseball for the local Pizza place, or the Little League Yankees? I completely understand your firsthand experience with coaching and whatnot, and agree that the vast majority of kids play because their parents want them to, and vice versa, but the "pro" aspect of Little League team names can only be a plus to the sport, and in no way can be a deterrant, but that is what Major League Baseball is making it into.

Even if it's in the slightest, having the "pro" aspect to the Little League does add somewhat to the fun of the league, and wanting to stay with it. Taking that away may or may not hurt, but the possibility of swaying people away remains, and that's what I was saying with regards to the "pro" jerseys. I'm not for the more expensive jerseys, but keeping the "pro" aspect of the game in Little League can't harm it, but in my eyes, for kids, taking it away can, even if it's slight.




Since: Jan 26, 2007
Posted on: May 31, 2008 3:30 am
 

Major League Baseball Should be Ashamed of Itself

OK Papi point taken, but (and ya know I got a but) lol. Ya say Kids will be deterred from playing because the League don't have Majestic Jerseys aka Pro jersys? Heres my case: #1 99.999 kids play ball because thier parents want them to. Im talking intraductory baseball ie. T-ball. As the kid gets older, 99.999 kids that stay with it either Love it or are good at it and the Parents are happy. Im sorry I have to disagree with the point that Not having MLB uniforms will drive kids away from the game. The ones that stick with it will in time want and pay for the MLB uniforms, but they are the ones who really want it and don't care! I have coached it and seen it up close and personal. jmo Casey



Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: May 30, 2008 2:25 pm
 

Major League Baseball Should be Ashamed of Itself

Greed hath no bounds...

Isn't it truly amazing that the more $$$ any institution has, the more it craves and the greedier it gets.

MLB is acting as irresponsible as the oil companies if not worse in this case. They are beating up on little kids through daddy and mommy's wallets...




Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: May 30, 2008 9:18 am
 

Major League Baseball Should be Ashamed of Itself

I just wanted to mention this though it may be off-topic, it does shed some light on the greed in baseball.

I mentioned before that I have been coaching LL for 5 years now.  Every year our LL district puts on a fund raising dinner, a rather up-scale type thing (for lack of a better term), $100/plate, costly!  Well this year my son was selected to carry our flag representing our League.  I honestly thought since he was selected, I would automatically be given a seat....wrong!!  So it cost us $200 to even get in.

Now they do bring in some really good speakers (ie., Girardi last year) and this year Goose came to speak.  Now...remember, this is a LITTLE LEAGUE fundraising dinner.  We were told that under no circumstances was Goose going to sign ANYTHING for the kids...nothing...dont even ask.  Fine, when we arrived...I couldnt believe this but, Goose had a table set up SELLING his autograph...a signed baseball $100 bucks!!!!!!!!!  Unbelievable, I almost walked out and if it weren't for my son I would have. 




Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: May 29, 2008 9:51 pm
 

Major League Baseball Should be Ashamed of Itself

Casey, personally, I would play baseball if it was for Joe's Pizza or the Red Sox, but not all kids feel that way. Losing the "Major League" feel to little league is a deterrant to bringing in more kids, and the expense of the Majestic jerseys is a deterrant to parents getting more involved in the sport.

I figured this was going on for longer, can't remember it going on when I was a kid and played little league though. The thing is, that now they're threatening to sue leagues more, and it's getting coverage, so it's only being brought to light now! I would love to see kids to play the game for what it is, but not all see it that way. This move is only swaying more people to other sports, not bringing them in. I understand what you're saying and you're right, MLB should shove it and everyone should play no matter who it's for, be it Joes Pizza or the Yankees, but this move is just greedy and thoughtless. It only hurts the future of the game, can't help it in any way.




Since: Jan 26, 2007
Posted on: May 29, 2008 9:33 pm
 

Major League Baseball Should be Ashamed of Itself

Hi Pal! This is a great blog my friend. What got me a bit puzzled is this. My youngest son who is 30 now was very upset when our Yankee team (that I coached naturally lol) Had black unis a black hat with a Y on it!! We were told MLB was behind it then. This has been going on a long time now. When I played and my catchers chest protector had a "Jewels" protector flap our teams were named for our Sponser and our unis carried that name across our chest. Ya know kids are kids and just wearing a winning Pro shirt doesnt really mean much when it's 5 games behind JOES PIZZA! The kids know who the team to beat is! Keep it LOCAL keep it FUN! I guess what Im sayin is tell MLB to shove it tell Mom & Dad to get over it and be glad your kid is playin for JOES PIZZA and is in first place!!..........Whew that took alot out of Old Casey's two fingers!!...........Yours in Baseball...............Casey



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: May 29, 2008 3:39 pm
 

Major League Baseball Should be Ashamed of Itself

 If my buds and I wanted to get together for a pick-up game, we HAD to catch us a field by 8AM or otherwise we'ld have to find us an open space somewhere to make our own ball diamond. 

The closest field to me growing up was a good distance away, especially before I had a car, so my friends and I always played sandlot baseball in between rows of houses in the big condominium development we lived in. Narrow, but wide enough to work, and long, we managed. Not once, not twice, but 3 times, people complained that we made too much noise, and despite the fact we were playing on PUBLIC GROUND, the association planted a plethora of trees in our way to stop us from playing. It stopped games for a bit, because they planted trees everywhere we would need to be. There was no specific pattern to the design of where the trees were planted, just in the line of the outfielders, pitcher, and hitter.

I don't hate many people, but in all honesty, I don't wish anything good to ever happen to the owners of the association. It's not like we were subjective in who played either. We had our serious games, but we also had games where we would let some neighborhood kids in grade school get some at-bats for fun, throw some pitches, catch, whatever. Everyone played, and they ruined that because the occasional foul ball landed on somebody's porch. Never broke a window, never hit a car, never did any property damage. Maybe once a month a pop-up landed on somebody's deck. We couldn't play real games anymore. We went to just playing catch, maybe home run derby since you didn't really need fielders, and street football, basketball, and hockey. Baseball was always the favorite though, and they ruined that with their thoughtless act. When I finally got my license, I always drove people to a field so we could play, even going as far as to make multiple trips to get more people to the field.

Major League Baseball's thoughtless act reminds me of this. It's acts like this that make it clear why there are so many foreign born Major League players, why little league interest is declining, why interest in baseball from kids is declining, and this directly relates to another major problem in this country that no one bother's to look at; childhood obesity. I'm not scrawny, but there wasn't a day in my life that I was overweight or had any form of a gut, I was always outside as a kid, and when it's nice out. The more I think about what baseball is doing, the more upsetting it makes me feel. It's pitiful.



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