ESPN MLB Analyst Tim Kurkjian recently joined Chuck Cooperstein and Clarence E. Hill Jr. on “J Dub City” on KESN-FM 103.3 to discuss the issues facing Major League Baseball and if a Texas Ranger could finally be on the move heading into the league trade deadline. Here are some highlights:
From a Rangers standpoint, do you see Adrián Beltré or any of his teammates getting moved?
Tim Kurkjian: It’s hard to tell. I just spoke to a GM the other day who said he never heard this much trade talk at this time of year ever. Now, that doesn’t mean it’s going to result in a ton of trades, but I think it will. And I’m not sure where the Rangers fit in here.
Cole Hamels can help a lot of teams — there’s no way around that . Even though he’s struggled a couple of times recently, he can help a contender because of his October record and because he’s not afraid. [Adrián] Beltré is the same guy, but the thought that [the Rangers] will get a haul for either one of those guys, I just don’t think it’s going to happen. And if you’re not going to get what you want in return, maybe they hang on to him.
It’s a very tricky time trying to figure out who goes and who stays.
The theme that seems to be heading into All-Star week in Washington is “woe is me” around baseball. What is wrong with our game?
Tim Kurkjian: I think it’s a little bit overstated. Granted, there are some ratings that are down, and attendances that are down in some places. We also have some really bad teams out there — White Sox, Orioles and Royals are three. It’s really tough to get people to come to the park when you’re 40 games under .500 and we haven’t gotten to the All-Star break.
I do agree that the game has a bit of an issue now with, there are just too many strikeouts in the game. There are too many home runs. We have too many walks. Basically a third of our outcomes are a walk, a strikeout or a home run. I don’t mind [the games] taking so long, but we need to quicken the pace somehow, and the best way to do that is for hitters to put the ball in play more often, and for pitchers to pitch to contact more often.
And yet, neither one of those things is happening, and if we’re going to make an adjustment there, and I think we need to, that’s going to take a long time for hitters [to get used to it].
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