Steve Cohen should have known the MLB he was buying into


Load management? Load management!

What about our load management? How much more of this garbage ball does MLB think we can take?

This week new-money Steve Cohen distributed a tweet expressing his exasperation with the Mets’ sustaining inability to hit the ball.

To that, we ask Cohen, “Where ya been?

The Mets? It’s not only the Mets; it’s an untreated, business-wide affliction. A little market analysis by a hedge fund billionaire would have told Cohen he’s buying into a sport/business in serious and persistent self-ruin, diminished returns to follow. He bought goods delivered to MLB’s top market in a fundamentally substandard state.

In almost every game, MLB teams choose to betray the most far-flung boundaries of logic. Every week provides countless examples. From just the last few days:

How many pitchers would you use if you were winning, 14-2, after five innings? Two? Three, including the starter? Call in a couple from down the list and let them just throw? They could afford to be belted and still give the bullpen regulars the game off, right?

Saturday, Red Sox manager Alex Cora, with a 14-2 lead against the last-place Orioles after five, removed the starter then used four more — one scoreless inning each — in a 16-2 final. He needlessly wasted his bullpen.

Cora could’ve used fresh arms in the Yankees’ sweep of his desperate team that followed, no?

But Saturday was destined for senselessness. Just 2 1/2 days after that syrupy, pour-it-on-your-pancakes, fathers-and-sons-forever-bonded “Field of Dreams” sell, not even one game was scheduled for the early afternoon!

Field of Dreams my tush!

Rob Manfred and Steve Cohen
N.Y. Post: Charles Wenzelberg, Corey Sipkin

I don’t know how Cohen became a Mets fan, but I’d bet — no hedging — it had at least a little something to do with watching Saturday 1 p.m. games in or from Shea Stadium. The Mets, for the past three seasons, have not even scheduled an early Saturday afternoon home game.

Tuesday, as the first of a day-night Red Sox-Yanks, two-admissions doubleheader began on YES, David Cone and Michael Kay said they can’t think of a good reason why both games were designated for just seven innings. Perhaps MLB was low on baseballs.

With the Yanks ahead in both, two 6 1/2-inning games were played, a total of 13 innings in a playoffs-chase doubleheader. This is what MLB has chosen for all teams and its suckered customers.

But MLB always puts TV money ahead of the quality of the game and the ticket-buying and viewing public, its numbers and popularity eroding by arrogant neglect.

Of course, Sunday’s Dodgers at Mets would be baited-and-switched as a night game for ESPN money. New York and L.A. are the two largest TV markets. So what if the Mets had to play the next night in San Francisco? So what the game ran 3:48?

And so what that Howie Rose noted that despite the usual appeal of Dodgers-Mets, because it was a Sunday night, there was a conspicuous mess of empty seats?

Injured Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard, without noting that there’s TV money in his $10 million deal for this season, attacked MLB and ESPN for such scheduling. Good. But then he had to throw in a “f–k,” the new way for players to publicly emphasize their sincerity.

Yep, just another week. Jays’ DH Bo Bichette went oh-for-five, striking out all five times, “designated hitter” having become a sarcastic term.

Yanks catcher Kyle Higashioka singled then dutifully signaled the dugout with a, “Look what I did!” gesture. DJ LeMahieu followed with a single, but no gesturing. Oddly enough, he instead looked around to check out the defense. He’s so out of step with MLB marketing strategies!

Reader Richard Monahan, a lifelong baseball fan being shoved to the brink, sent a video from Monday’s Astros-Royals:

Houston second baseman Aledmys Diaz overran first on an RBI single. The ball was in the hands of the cutoff man, third baseman Emanuel Rivera, thus Diaz had the time and space to take a shot to make second, bolt back to first, or at least force a bad throw in a rundown.

Instead, Diaz quit. He completely stopped between first and second, awaiting Rivera to walk across the diamond to tag him out.

And the Astros lost by a run.

Back to selling The Game to kids, as per Rob Manfred’s urgings and moving images that must include displays of excessive conceit, edited to exclude beanball retaliations and ugly hassles.

Saturday, FS1’s Reds-Phillies pregame, celebrating the renewed power of Reds slugger Joey Votto, chose a clip of Votto, 37, pointing to himself with both thumbs as he crossed the plate.

Joey Votto
Joey Votto
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Soon, SNY chose to emphasize our presumed adoration of “Humble Pete” Alonso’s act by showing him flexing his muscles as he crossed the plate.

For that, Steve Cohen should be grateful. The Mets have their self-aggrandizing skits rehearsed and ready to go. Now, to hit the ball.

‘Bully’ bash by Osaka’s agent undeserved

Cincinnati Enquirer sports columnist Paul Daugherty this week had the temerity to ask Naomi Osaka a good question. He delicately, politely asked how she squared her public media fragility with her evident eagerness to exploit the media spotlight?

For that, he was bashed by Osaka’s agent as “a bully.”

I’ve read Daugherty for years. He’s a superb, sensitive-thinking person’s writer who best serves his paper and its readers by pursuing the truth, no matter how unpopular.

Early this year, he wrote a remarkable column on a former colleague who later worked for the Bengals. The man is an admitted cross-dresser. Daugherty’s take: Even if he weren’t a good guy, which he is, he should wear whatever he chooses to wear.

Some bully.

That Daugherty, and many others — but in frightened silence — have noticed a steady inconsistency with Team Naomi’s soulful, mental-health messages on privacy, versus her eagerness to remain on center stage — for crying out loud, she posed for SI’s sex-centric swimsuit edition — is both confusing and suspicious.

HR, walk parade? Thanks analytics

Analytics: Boston’s Bobby Dalbec has 136 total bases, including 17 walks and 14 homers, accounting for 73 of those 136 bases. He also has struck out 122 times. Before analytics, hard to do.

Until further notice, Michael Kay will replace, “Do the Yankees have a rally in their bones?” with, “Do the Yankees have a vaccine in their arms?”

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Bobby Dalbec
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ESPN’s ACC Network “All Access” coverage of University of Miami football will not include access to recruits’ arrest records, as they’re too numerous for 30-minute shows.

Leon Schweir, a beloved former executive producer at MSG Network who years ago helped MSG sustain its status as the nation’s best regional sports network, died over the weekend of an apparent heart attack, at 69. He was in San Francisco, where he was the architect of the Pac-12 Network.

So I’m back at Subway, again to see what they’re using for tuna this week, when who do I run into, this time? Serena Williams! Yeah, sure, Serena!

How I know I’ve recovered from a head injury: 1) short-term memory has returned, 2) long-term memory has returned, 3) short-term memory has returned.

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