August has always been the lesser summer month to me. Not sure why. Maybe it’s the finality associated with it.
My objection to MLB’s deadline is a little more flushed out. I don’t think it’s good for the game… and by ‘the game’ I mean ‘the fans.’
Teams should work with whomever they had when the season began. They should be able to move players up-and-down from their farm system, but not team-to-team.
No more ringers–and isn’t that what trading to get Lee or Halladay really amounts to?
No–let me use a stronger term. They’re mercenaries.
Contending teams trading for stronger players and mortgaging their future for short term gains upsets the natural balance and chemistry a team has. Think Terrell Owens and the Eagles, but imagine it in mid-season!
Picking up players also removes certain strategic components of the game-within-the-game just as having a designated hitter does.
At the same time it’s disrespectful to the fans of the ‘donor’ team. Remember them?
Cleveland and Toronto I feel your pain even though, as a Phils fan, it’s my potential gain.