Not a DH fan, but let’s give it a year pass
A: It’s like asking which came first, the chicken or the egg. It is driving me crazy. I have often wondered where it started and what it is for. It’s something that’s been done for a long time and fans are doing it because other fans are doing it and no one knows why.
Q: What do you think will become of the St. Louis Cardinals without Yadier Molina, Albert Pujols and maybe Adam Wainwright if he decides to hang up his boots? —GREG, Beavercreek.
A: Never feel sorry for the St. Louis Cardinals. They always find a way. If they need a pitcher, they seem to go to a Kansas cornfield and find a pitcher. And a team with Nolan Arenado and Paul Goldschmidt, with a decent rotation and bullpen, isn’t going to suffer. They will win the National League Central next year, you look.
Q: Baseball doesn’t seem to have as many stars today as it did in the 1970s, my favorite era, and why? — RYAN, Englewood.
A: The 70s are also my favorite period, probably because of The Big Red Machine. And there are stars today – Aaron Judge, Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani, Justin Verlander, Albert Pujols, Nolan Arenado, Paul Goldschmidt and Pete Alonso to name a few of my favorites. But the game itself has waned significantly in popularity since the 70s, which MLB is fully aware of and is trying to adapt to. Commissioner Rob Manfred, who is not a star, continues to apply absurd rules that do not work. Let’s just go back to how the game was played in the 70s and see what happens.
Q: How is the salary handled when a player is sent to the minors several times a year? — BOB, Aurora.
A: If a player has a major league contract and is sent to the minors, he receives his major league salary. Some young players have what is called a split contract. They get major league money when they’re in the majors and minor league money when they’re in the minors. This must be a great incentive for players to work hard, be a good citizen, and earn lots of money so they can trade in their Ford Focus for a Mercedes-Benz.
Q: Who do you think is the king of the home run? — JOE, Kettering.
A: I’m sure I’ll catch a few tons of flak on this loaded question. But I have to be honest with myself and say Aaron Judge (62) holds the single season record and Henry Aaron (755) holds the career record. We all know why I don’t recognize Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire or Sammy Sosa. Three letters: PED. Yes, McGwire and Sosa promoted baseball attendance and some say they even saved the game after the 1994 work stoppage. But they cheated doing it. I won’t even give them an asterisk.
Q: What were your fondest memories of the Cincinnati Reds 2022 season? —RICHARD, Tipp City.
A: Can I say when it ended, which is probably what most players would say. My memory bank is not overflowing with good memories of a 100-loss season. I will say it was the Reds playing the Cubs in the Field of Dreams with all the pomp and circumstance. Of course, the Reds lost, but that’s nothing new.
Q: If you played in the major leagues, what would be your favorite song? —JOE, Englewood.
A: If I was playing, they wouldn’t dare to charge admission. I would have three songs in rotation: “You Had a Bad Day”, by Daniel Poynter, “Loser of the Year”, by Simple Plan and “I’m a Loser”, by the Beatles. As an aside, Nadine used to have “You Had a Bad Day” as the ringtone on her cell phone. The day our granddaughter got married, Nadine forgot to turn off her phone. As Staci walked up the aisle, Nadine’s phone shouted, “. . .you’re having a bad day.” Yeah.