Saturday, April 11, 2020

10 Things I Hate About ...

Everyone else is doing it so I will too!

Things you probably like that I don't... I've organized them into a couple sections...

Baseball in General

1. The DH
Just get back to playing baseball and let the fat, older, otherwise-talent-less players go back to the minor leagues or just retire.

2. The Dodgers & the Red Sox
This doesn't need any explanation.

3. "Pace of Play"
Bitching about the length of games. If you love the sport you should be fine with the way it's played.

4. Advanced Stats
Just because you can doesn't mean you should.

5. Night Games at the weekend
Need more daytime baseball, in general, but particularly at the weekend. That is, when there are baseball games being played...

Baseball Cards

6. Diamond Kings & "artist" cards
Diamond Kings are largely hideous, and the what Topps is doing for Project 2020 is tacky. Topps Living, too, is heinous.

7. Variations
I have some. Sure. But they are stupid. So I'm partially a hypocrite.

8. Airbrushed/logo-less, unlicensed cards
If Donruss or Panini or whatever it's actually called are so anxious to produce baseball cards, pay for the right to show team names, jerseys, hats, etc because your product looks cheap.

9. SPs and SSPs
Like logo-less cards, we're bound to have some of these in our collections, but in general I'm just simply not a fan. Doing this begets Pack Searchers.

10. The modern set
Topps needs to get back to printing cards for all, or as close to as many as possible, of current players playing the game of baseball. Having a 700 card set might be fine but so many players are excluded because of their bilking nostalgia for all its worth. Put the historic players in your non-flagship sets! 30 teams with a roster of 25 players means 750 cards. This year the rosters were set to bump to 26, pushing the total players (at a minimum) to 780. Or if you have to include older, retired players, could you vary it up a bit? Enough of Ted Williams, Hank Aaron, Jackie Robinson, etc. I understand why they do this, but there have been tons of stars in the game. Bring back some attention to Dave Kingman, Tony Perez, Gil Hodges and, hell, even Chris Sabo!

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Brother Peter, preach it! Amen #1. Can I get a Hallelujah 3, 4, 5, 7, 9 & 10?!! Allow for forgiveness in matters 2, 6 & 8. Happy Easter!

    1. I'll give you almost anything that you want that I can give.

  2. You hate the Dodgers and the Red Sox? Wait. Are you a Yankees fan? I like your point about day games on the weekends. The A's seem to play day games on Sundays... but usually in the evening on Saturdays. I'd love it if they played double headers during the day on Saturdays.

  3. With the exception of the constant Dodgers/Red Sox cracks (you must be a fan of a nefarious team with that outlook), you start out quite strong. Agree quite a bit with 1, 3 and 4 and could go either way on 5. Your card opinions are also solid -- "Diamond Kings are largely hideous" -- love it.

    1. Nope. Not a fan of any particular team in large part because of the Red Sox. I'll try to tone down my cracks, though.

  4. Completely agree with 4, 7, 8, 9, and 10.

    To nitpick, in #3 you said "if you love the sport you should be fine with the way it's played", but in #1 you rail against the DH.

    But then in #7 you admitted to being a hypocrite, so it's all good. :D

    1. Yes, well, hypocrisy aside, my point about loving the game was specifically about pace of play and about nothing else but I can see where it might have been ambiguous and contradictory.

  5. More afternoon games on the weekend. Absolutely. How else are kids supposed to enjoy the ballpark?

  6. I always think I'm the only one who doesn't like Diamond Kings stuff, which made me glad to read your list!