February 1, 2019

Nick Cafardo: "I Enjoyed The Days When Umpires Actually Made Mistakes"

Nick Cafardo, Boston Globe, January 26, 2019:
All of the time-saving ideas for improving pace of play are negated by time spent on instant replay. Get rid of it. I enjoyed the days when umpires actually made mistakes, and when managers would come out of the dugout to perform a colorful and entertainin argument, as Billy Martin and Earl Weaver once did. The technological advancements have made the game more boring.
1. Cafardo, who is ensconced in one of the most prestigious baseball writing gigs in the world, admits his longing for those halcyon days when umpires made blatantly wrong calls.

2. Besides expressing his joy in watching teams lose games because of incorrect calls, Cafardo believes that umpires no longer make mistakes.

3. Cafardo does not realize that a hot-headed manager "performing" a "colorful argument" delays the game, often for a much longer period of time than a replay review.

4. While modern technological advancements have only increased and improved our knowledge of baseball and helped us appreciate and marvel at the myriad amazing things that players can do, Cafardo yells at them to get off his lawn.

(He also misspelled "entertaining" (or his editor failed to correct the mistake).)

Cafardo's moronic statement reminds me of something equally idiotic that Steve Lyons said on NESN back in May 2016. Lyons admitted that replay "really shows some of the flaws in umpiring, because they miss some calls and they have to be overturned. But ... I still think they get most of it right. And when they don't, well, sometimes you're supposed to lose."

Cafardo's Sunday column began thusly:
A few issues to think about as we move closer to spring training:

The rift between team owners and players is growing wider by the day as big-name free agents remain unsigned in late January. Both sides are on a collision course toward a major blowup and threat to future labor peace.

Will the Players Association take major action to protest what it feels is unfair labor practices by the owners? There already are some discussions on the player side on things they could do to get the owners' attention. One suggestion was a spring training boycott.
That's it. End of discussion. Cafardo does not write another word on this subject. He casually mentions the possibility of every major league player refusing to report to spring training - which is scheduled to begin in roughly two weeks - and believes, apparently, that typing the words is enough "thinking" about that issue. (Also, a boycott of spring training will do more than get the "owners' attention".)

And since this is a Cafardo Sunday Baseball Notes Column, he must include (as mandated by law):

Complaints about "analytics":
Older players bring clubhouse chemistry. They act as leaders and de facto coaches. They bring all of the intangible things that younger players can't offer until they've gained a little wisdom and experience. They offer things that analytic models can't always calculate.

[He also says hard-working, blue-collar, family-supporting, quotes-to-Cafardo-giving scouts can't find work because teams are being run by boring nerds.]
Unquestioning huzzahs for the Yankees:
When you ask the game's general hierarchy which team has won the offseason, a common answer is the Yankees. And with good reason.
Funny and inconsistent things:
The Yankees hate finishing behind the Red Sox in the standings and getting beaten by them in the ALDS. ...

The Red Sox seem to be in no hurry to sign a reliever. [then, in the next paragraph] There are still plenty of bullpen arms left ...
A ton of questions (instead of doing the actual research, interviewing, and brain-work involved in finding possible answers, Cafardo the Baseball Insider asks the reader, as if she is writing the column with him):
Imagine if the Red Sox didn't have 35-year-old Steve Pearce. Would they have won the World Series? ...

If baseball is a $10 billion business, why are so many teams on an austerity program? ...

Do we really think [the Red Sox will] be able to re-sign all of the players whose contracts are up for renewal over the next two years? ...

Could the Phillies wind up with both Machado and Harper? Or would they hold back on signing both so they can put themselves in position to sign Mike Trout when he becomes a free agent after 2020? ...

[A]re Gio Gonzalez or Ervin Santana possibilities for [the Yankees'] fifth [starter] spot? ...

Is the reason the Indians have shopped Corey Kluber and Trevor Bauer more because in his new deal Carrasco will earn $3 million if he's traded before the end of 2019, and just $1 million after it? ...

What will the Orioles do with the first pick in the June draft?
Finally, there is this:
It appears the Red Sox have one more year to go for it.
After 2019, the Red Sox will no longer be allowed to try to reach the postseason. ... Damn it!


Unknown said...

We had better win this year! A, Will you be super pissed if Kimbrel resigns with us?

allan said...

A, Will you be super pissed if Kimbrel resigns with us?

No. I'd rather have Kimbrel closing than Barnes.

FenFan said...

You wonder whether sportswriters like Cafardo and CHB truly believe everything they write or if they are just looking to poke at people to get a response. (It's most likely the former, in my opinion.)

As the saying goes: "There's no such thing as bad publicity."

Oh, and no team posts banners for "winning the offseason."

allan said...

CHB may or may not believe what he writes, but I believe he absolutely does it to piss people off. His biggest failure would be if his tired, warmed-over takes were met with only crickets. If you are going to come off as dumb and lazy, you should at least make people angry. Cafardo does not do that. Week-in and week-out, he seems truly clueless enough to believe that RBIs tell you everything about a hitter and Wins and Saves do the same for pitchers.

Douglas said...

From his 2/10/2019 column:
Finally we can stop speculating on J.T. Realmuto. The talented catcher went to the Phillies, who did a great job giving up good prospects, but ones that likely won’t come back to haunt them.

We wonder how long Theo Epstein will put up with the Ricketts ownership after racist e-mails were discovered and published emanating from Joe Ricketts, the patriarch of the Cubs’ ownership group.

Who is 'we'? Who else would be associated with this?
You could write an entry on Nick C. every week if you wanted to.
Thanks and I enjoy your blog and have for years.
Keep up the fine work!