15 Controversial Baseball Viewpoints That Will Cause Instant Arguments
A netizen sparked debate asking, "What's your unpopular baseball opinion?" Here are the top controversial responses!
YADIER MOLINA IS NOT A HALL OF FAMER
"Yadier Molina shouldn't be considered for Hall of Fame. He played his entire career with one team and has skills, but his career WAR, 7-year peak, and WAR/162 are below the average HoF catcher."
MIGUEL CABRERA’S PUBLIC IMAGE IS IMPRESSIVE
"Miguel Cabrera survived DUI, threatening, DV, and controversy. His sobriety story is inspiring and part of his legacy, showing how some players get a pass."<p
18 INNING GAMES ARE AWESOME
"18-inning games are great," one said. Another added, "Unresolved for long, baseball invites chaos gremlins."
LEFT-HANDED CATCHERS SHOULD BE GIVEN A CHANCE
“A team should take a chance on a lefty throwing catcher,” said one. “Wow, I just realized I never saw a left-handed catcher,” another added.
WAR IS NOT A GOOD METRIC FOR CATCHERS
“WAR is not a good metric for catchers. Even with modern pitch framing data, it still doesn’t come close to capturing the totality of what a catcher does.”
MLB CAN BE MADE MORE EXCITING
“The MLB would be more exciting if all outfield fences were moved back 50 feet. I like triples, and this would make non-HR strategies more viable.”
EVEN HARDCORE FANS CAN’T DETECT THE PITCH IN THE BOX
"Over 95% of fans can't identify pitch type without the center field camera. If put behind plate or in the box, they're clueless."
THE DETROIT TIGERS HAVE THE MOST PATHETIC HISTORY
“Of all teams that can say they have a 100+ years history, the Detroit Tigers have the most pathetic, irrelevant, and boring story.”
YOU CAN’T RELY ON ADVANCED ANALYTICS ALL THE TIME
“I’m all for advanced analytics, but sometimes you need to play some small ball and go with your gut based on what you know your team can do.”
DEREK JETER WAS ONE OF THE WORST DEFENSIVE SHORTSTOPS
“Derek Jeter was one of the worst defensive Shortstops in baseball.”
PITCHING DUELS IS BORING IN PERSON
"Pitching duels are dull in person; the back-and-forth toss between pitcher and catcher isn't exciting, especially when the strike zone isn't visible."
THE HUMAN ELEMENT OF UMPIRING IS COOL
"I enjoy the human aspect of umpiring, including mistakes. To me, uncertainties add drama. However, MLB umpires could do better!"
IT SHOULDN’T BE ALL ABOUT NUMBERS
“Not everything in baseball should be explained by numbers.”
CITY CONNECT JERSEYS ARE COOL
“City Connect jerseys are excellent and bring a fresh vibe to the game. I also don’t mind the Nike logo on the regular jerseys.”
BARRY BONDS DESERVES TO BE IN THE HALL OF FAME
"Barry Bonds merits Hall of Fame status. It's crazy he's not. Yet, his records shouldn't count. Record holders should be Henry Aaron and Aaron Judge."
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