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Top 10 Reasons Why MLB Sucks

Maybe its boring, maybe there are no role models, maybe they have no place to play? For whatever reason there has been a lost link, and it shows.

#5 Boring Commentary

The T.V.

It all goes to say, baseball has lost the interest of the African-American community. But without a doubt he wanted to be a Red, even though they were horrible. The free agent market paired with large market clubs will snuff out any such chances of restoring that to baseball. It let’s good hitter loose empasis on defense, and it takes away from the original nature of the game. Hitters have developed, even without the use of human growth hormones, the art of hitting a round ball with a round stick squarely has become a science. The small market teams will never hold onto a franchise player, and this hurts the fanbase. The Yankees payroll is out of control! Lucky for us the remaining fans that talent and money doesn’t always win championships. Pitching is relatively the same. Too many prospects are being forced up too early. It’s a joke that MLB pulled in order to do away with having pitchers go to the plate and flail out the ball in crucial parts of the game. To me that is a player that should get to stay wherever he wants, and the MLB market should be to a point that some salary could be eatin’ by the Reds to ensure the Hall of Famer goes out exactly as he wanted to go. The purity of the sport is not represented at the Major League level. These types of players survive their MLB bootcamp with Kansas City or the Reds and then after those teams can no longer afford them they have them well groomed for the “big money franchises.” The rich get richer, the poor keep calling up rookies!

#10-The players are overpaid. Even the struggling Reds lost Ken Griffey Jr., no he is not a franchise player for Cincinnati. ratings are falling because people would rather watch people drive around in a circle at high rates of speed then listen to another has-been drooling all over the microphone about baseball. The only thing that makes it bearable for a fan is they are in third place, and they haven’t had a World Series monopoly. But somewhere between being a kid that loves the game and being an adult who gets paid to play the game a transformation happens. There isn’t a whole lot more coaches can do to teach players to throw 100 mph. The problems are many for this little pickle the MLB has put itself in. Ole’ George will do whatever it takes to win because he loses so grasiously. Too much controversey for the fair weather fan, they are probably Nascar fans now. . I like the commentary, but it isn’t exciting television.

#8 No Salary Cap

This is a problem. League expansion is a cluster of uncanny proportions. I love the game. Your best 9 against my best 9, everybody hits!

#3 George Steinbrenner

Don’t get me started on this figure. MLB has been slow to move on this, but some initiatives are starting to funnel money back into developing solid inner city youth baseball programs. Pitching is usually something you have that is innate and polished, hitting can be developed and is so more effectively in all the ametuer ranks of baseball. The double switch, the bunt, and the art of the pitcher moving a runner over. Baseball has a unique dynamic that is referred to as chemistry, and it isn’t for sale!

#4 Free Agency and the Death of the Franchise Player

Free agency is a curse! This has destroyed the franchise player. Now we have records that are going to have undeniable question marks beside them. This is the shoot’em up Nintendo generation here that we are trying to interest in our beloved sport. I am a teacher of the game at many different levels. There are fewer African-American playing the game of baseball today then in the 70′s. I know the revenue sharing scam that MLB has put into place to hush up the small teams enough for them to keep a star of two, but this is out of control what these players make. This of course helps prepare them for free agency. Here are my top reasons why…

#2 The Designated Hitter

The designated hitter was devised in 1979 by the American League to up attendance and run production…blah..blah..blah. At least Jeff Gordon’s helmet size didn’t grow two sizes in a single season.

Counting Down the Downfall of Baseball

I am a baseball fan first and foremost. The already thin pitching talent being spread across the league to play in empty stadiums. He is the anti-christ of the purist movement. And the small teams get hit the hardest..these teams survive by calling up the next great hope from AA or AAA to fill a gap. Baseball hasn’t been able to appeal to elite African-American atheletes. He has publicity stunts that take the focus off the game, and puts on a show for our young adoring fans about the urgency to win, and gives them a seminar on the art of whining about losing. For a purist of the game the DH opened a window for a single tool baseball player to make it to the bigs. He put up Hall of Fame numbers while in Seattle. But no the franchise players are as dead as the suicide squeeze in the MLB. Spice it up a little bit, if Golf can up their ratings due to Tiger and a few dicy commentators..what is MLB or the broadcast networks doing to change it up?

#7 No Parity in the League

Parity is defined as:equality, as in amount, status, or character. Where did these types of pitchers go? The intimidators, not on roids –I might add –where are they in the league. Maybe the other 9 reasons the MLB sucks has something to do with it!

#6 Pitching

Now that Nolan and the Goose have hung up their cleats who is left to make these lumber lugging neanderthals look retarded at the plate. They give the poor kid a cap and a prayer and send him out there to compete.

#9 Too Many Tampered Seasons

This blemish dates all the way back to the Sox throwing the World Series. You can find it the dictionary, but don’t look for it MLB clubhouses. The head of the Yankee player monopoly will pout until he wins another World Series. So how does pitching get back to where it was..Let’s start a couple more expansion teams..that will fix it. Contemporary craziness is Pete Rose betting on baseball, strikes, and now the “roid rage.” There are just too many factors to list! It just well…sucks! The game has been tarnished in so many ways. Or heaven forbid, my favorite argument, a picher that might be able to hit (Babe Ruth ring a bell). They also forgot that it took away some fundamental aspects of managing. This is what happens without a salary cap. With no salary cap Major League Baseball has let a whiny bunch of babies be the face of the organization. Granted there are some hard nosed athletes which could be considered baseball purist still around, but the Mark Graces of the World are few and far between.

#1 Loss of the Inner City Development

Just when you thought I had nothing intelligent to say: The main reason that Major League Baseball is below average is because the inner cities do not produce baseball players like they have in the past

Weight Training for Wrestling by Dickie White

As wrestlers we know the truth- nothing replaces good old fashioned hard work. Oftentimes people are after the next greatest thing. But believe me, this isn’t the focus of the weight training for wrestling plans I have my wrestlers use. I know, I post them from time to time. These percentages and 2 more weeks of this program are included as one of 4 free gifts for signing up for my newsletter at http://www.wrestler-power.com

Cable Row- 3×10

Deadlift- 5×5

Incline Bench- 4×8

First, a great majority, especially those at the collegiate level, are basically offshoots of the football weight training program. However these weight training for wrestling plans consist of exercises with sandbags, kettlebells, tires, kegs, thick reps, and a lot of other training tools that most wrestler don’t have access to. While there are some similarities, football players should be more focused on developing absolute strength, whereas wrestlers should focus their weight training on relative strength and power (strength per bodyweight).

Dumbbell Incline Bench- 4×8

Dips- 3×10

Deadlift- 5×5

The other day I was fortunate enough to have former Cornell Wrestling Strength Coach, Tom Dilliplane, send me a copy of his 16-week summer program. Yes, those YouTube videos of someone performing a cool looking exercise with a big tire look cool. Weight Training for Wrestling Workout (first week in Tom’s Summer Program)

Superset- Bench Press 4×8 and Med Ball Pushups 3×8

Superset- Cuban Press 3×12 and Tricep Kickbacks 3×10

Weighted Pullups- 3×10

Tricep Kickbacks- 3×10

Bench Press- 5×3

Day 3 Weight Training for Wrestling

Bicep Curls- 3×10

Power Clean- 5×4

Bicep Curls- 3×10

Power Clean- 5×4

Squat- 5×3

As the sport of wrestling continues to grow (with at least some thanks going to the increasing popularity of MMA), weight training for wrestling has become a very sought after. Look at all the infomercials out there for the “next biggest thing in fat loss” or whatever. In addition, Tom used similar types of programs for the 10+ years he was at Cornell working with the wrestlers. Sticking to the tried and true barbell and dumbbell exercises that have withstood the test of time is what’s going to lead to the best results with your weight training for wrestling plan. While some would say the program looked boring and repetitive (you would not believe the repetition of such exercises as the Bench Press, Squats, High Pulls, Weighted Pullups, and other exercises that many may consider to be plain and boring but obviously get the job done) the fact of the matter is this- it works. There are two major issues that I’ve seen with weight training for wrestling programs in my years of experience.

Alternate Dumbbell Bench- 3×10

Day 1 Weight Training for Wrestling

Weighted Pullups- 3×10

Day 2 Weight Training for Wrestling

Please note that Tom bases all of his core movements (Squat, Bench, Clean, Deadlift, etc.) off of percentages of your max. would be using them already? Anyway, that’s enough, lets get into some weight training for wrestling plans.

Superset- Squat 4×8 and Dumbbell Walking Lunge 3×8

Cable Row- 3×10

Second, there are a few systems and programs that are available that are absolutely fantastic. While I do believe that these are great ways to bridge the gap between traditional weight room strength and functional wrestling strength (I use them myself often with my wrestlers), I also understand that a majority of wrestlers reading this article do not have access to this type of equipment. This is the exact program he used over the summer of 2009, the summer before Cornell placed 2nd at Nationals and had 2 National Finalists. Additionally, I think it’s worth considering the fact that if these new age styles of training were so groundbreaking and effective, don’t you think all the big wrestling schools like Iowa, Cornell, Iowa State, etc. And that should be the same way you approach yourweight training for wrestling. So for those of you who aren’t fortunate to workout at a well-equipped hardcore gym, keep reading, I have some great news for you…

Day 4 Weight Training for Wrestling . “Hardcore” equipment like this exists at underground gyms and training facilities and if you’re a member of one of those, there’s a good chance you already have someone helping you with your training

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