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The 2021 season has not started well for the New York Yankees as they sport the worst record in the American League. To make matters worse, one of the all-time greats of the game, Pete Rose, has called out two of the Yankees stars as being soft. But while “Charlie Hustle” may have a point, it may not be all the fault of the players as to why they don’t take the field while they are not at their best. Nevertheless, when Pete Rose talks baseball, everyone in the game should listen.
The injured list has been more of a home for Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton than Yankees Stadium has been since both sluggers joined the team. In fact, there are unconfirmed reports that when the post office delivers their mail, they add “IL” as part of their address.
This is something that has caught the eye of baseball all-time hits leader Pete Rose, who called out the two Yankees stars recently when he said, “The only problem with those two guys. They’re really good players, but they’re always hurt. Players today won’t play if they’ve got a strained calf.”
Rose, longing for the days when he was uniform, misses the former owner of the New York Yankees and blamed his absence of why his team and others have a similar problem.
“(The Yankees) still spend a lot of money. George was a very vocal owner. There should be more owners like him. If you have more owners like George Steinbrenner, you’re not going to have players that are going to loaf,” said Rose.
Of course, Pete Rose’s observations are correct since many athletes in baseball as well as other sports are rested more often than in years past when they are not at 100%. The part that Rose is overlooking, however is that it is as much a function of how franchises are run as it is to how athletes think that has led to this change.
In the NBA it is called “workload management” that allows star players to skip a game or two on a road trip, allowing his body to recover and maximize performance when he does play. In Major League Baseball, the days of Cal Ripken, Jr. playing every game of the season are over, with teams more interested in getting 120 or 130 quality games out of players rather than having them be tired in those other 30 to 40 games and see their production drop off. It is also the feeling of those in professional sports that not only does a player’s performance drop off when fatigue strikes, but the chance of injuries go up as well.
Many players, like baseball Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal do have the frame of mind that Pete Rose is talking about. It was O’Neal who explained it by saying:
“I was hurt on company time and I will get better on company time.”
For players like Giancarlo Stanton, who have eight years and hundreds of millions of dollars left on his guaranteed contract, rushing back from the injured list is pointless. They are not getting any extra money in their paycheck and won’t get booed any less by the hometown fans if they strikeout.
For players like Judge, who still haven’t signed that mega contract yet and are getting labeled as someone who can’t stay healthy an entire season, the Yankees are doing their best to nurse him back to health every time he pulls a muscle. But the true loser will be Aaron Judge since his value as a player goes down with every game his misses.
Regardless if its players protecting their bodies or franchises protecting their investment, athletes are being kept off the fields and courts of sports nowadays for one reason, money. Teams want to get the most out of their players as players ensure they make the most money possible during their career.
Both sides have a financial interest in making sure everyone who plays will do so at their best. Will that approach look soft to a player like Pete Rose, yes, of course. Then again, Rose never made the kind of money Aaron Judge has during his career, which is part of the reason why Rose is bitter, because he knows how much money the all-time hits king would have made in the 21st century if he was playing today.
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