On YES last Friday, David Cone said it as a brief aside, as if it were a throwaway thought barely worth his breath.
In the bottom of the sixth of a scoreless game, Rays catcher Mike Zunino squared to bunt on the first two pitches, both balls. He then flew out on a 2-0 count.
“He’s normally a power hitter,” Cone said, “not sure if he has been asked to bunt a whole lot in his career. But that’s the state of the game, right now.”
Oh, well. And now back to the current state of the game that has left baseball so badly diminished that the abandonment of fundamentals — so often the difference between winning and losing — is dismissed with a short sigh.
The stuff we’re now supposed to find both sensational and enlightening came the next day on YES, when Gary Sanchez batted in the second inning with one out, bases loaded in a 0-0 game.
Parroting a graphic, Michael Kay said of Sanchez, “Now he hasn’t been hitting, but when he hits, he hits the ball very hard. His average exit velocity is 94.5 mph, the eighth highest in MLB.”
Wow! Is he ever smashing that baseball! So what if at the time he was batting .086, with 19 strikeouts in 34 at-bats. Ridiculous wins…