Why Baseball Is Harder To Manage Than Any Other Sport
With respect to the physicality and toughness of NBA, NFL, NHL, and any other professional sport out there: Baseball is the hardest sport to manage.
First off we have the draft picks, I have a first round pick in almost any sport yes there is a risk involved that said player can be a bust, but I can draft that player and I know approximately what I am getting and if this player is a bust what went wrong, in baseball that is not the case.
The best college hitter at this current moment could spend his entire career in the minors; meanwhile, the average joe college pitcher could turn into the next Tom Glavine, how?
Development, baseball extensively develops it's players has a minor league system entirely devoted to getting players out of college to adjust toe the majors unlike in sports like football and basketball where you are drafted out of college, or even high school and basically told to earn the job, play well, and you keep the job.
However in baseball we can have a player making $10 million a year sitting on the bench because he could not adapt to his new team.
Most people know that the difference between a made and miss basketball is mostly involved with the angle the ball goes and how well the person shot the ball.
In baseball the difference between a HR and a Fly Out is a matter of a micro-inch on the bat, or a 1/1000th of a second, or less than 0.5 MPH on a pitch, those are a lot of small factors, factors that although every sport has there are more small factors in baseball than any other sport, I believe.
Right now at this current moment the best players in basketball: LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Dwayne Wade, Carmello Anthony, Kevin Durant were all selected relatively early but in baseball our arguably best pitcher (Johan Santana) and best hitter (Albert Pujols) were not even picked in the top three rounds!
In fact, Johan went Undrafted and Albert when in the 13th round crazy huh? Things like that happen in the NFL and NBA but rarely, you can strike gold in the later rounds and get busts in the early rounds it is just the way baseball is.
No cap limit! If I wanted to I could pay someone 10 Years at $1 Billion! There is no limit, this could one day happen, even though the average-good players took HUGE pay hits the All-Stars like Manny Ramirez still got their money; however, the Manny situation taught me something: no one is going to overpay an all-star anymore, except maybe the big league markets like New York and Boston.
So much staffing is involved in baseball, me and my friends always said if we owned a team we would divide ourselves out, one would be the GM and handle transaction, the other would be the manager and I would most likely be the scouting director, but that doesn't make a complete staff.
You need a staff from ML all the way down to the lowest A class that'sa lot of staff and we haven't even gotten to the front office yet, much more staffing involved with baseball than other sports.
It is also harder to make money in baseball, this is a sport that is falling from the rankings NFL and NASCAR are more popular because some people think baseball is so boring and who is to blame them, sometimes one guy throwing a ball, one guy hitting and another 8 fielding isn't the most exciting thing, I understand.
So ticket sales have to start falling and now we get into the situation where the team turns into a small market team, which can be successful! You can be successful not spending money, you can't pull a Boston Celtics, get in three all stars and have a Championship Contending team for the next few years in baseball you need much more of a supporting cast.
Baseball is one of the only sports where waiting for talent is actually a good thing, sometimes 10 years of doing nothing but selling high profile players and gathering all the draft picks you can get can equal success in the MLB that is not as much the case with the NFL or NBA.
Overall there are much more factors to take into consideration for MLB than most other sports so I appreciate the work the guys in the front office do, even if they do a bad job it is still harder than what some other sports owners have, do I think that I could do some GMs jobs better?
Maybe I can maybe I can't maybe someone on this board right now could be the best GM ever and we don't even know it and that is the thing with baseball, experience and accolades isn't the only thing that can equal success.
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