So far the response to MLB being accused of buying stolen documents is . . . crickets

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Question: a report in an actual newspaper sourced by actual police documents revealed that, in the mind of an actual police department, officials with Major League Baseball knowingly and contrary to the warnings of said actual police department purchased stolen merchandise. That report came out last night. And since then, the response to it all has been . . . silence.

I wrote stuff about it. Some people tweeted some things. But unlike almost any other story of even half that magnitude involving drugs, crimes, A-Rod or even the mundane stuff of MLB management, there have been no major media people weighing in. No blog posts or columns from mainstream people at ESPN New York or Fox . No Daily News I-Team report. No radio shows touching on it that I’ve seen. Yes, it’s all been learned by people today for the most part, but usually by 5:30pm on the day of, we’d have some coverage from the online outlets and radio and probably even a quick, early version of whatever is going to run in the newspapers tomorrow. A Madden or a Lupica quick take. I’m not saying this is a “everyone drop everything and make it your top story” kind of story, but you damn well that if A-Rod farted in a hot tub in Cabo last night there would be wall-to-wall coverage from the usual suspects by now.

Obviously I’m not a dispassionate observer on this subject. My biases are well known and have long been on display. I’m not and never was happy with the way MLB carried out the Biogenesis investigation. I’m not and never was happy with the way all of that and, specifically, the A-Rod parts of it were covered by the media. I believe there was and continues to be a tremendous loss of perspective when it comes to PEDs in baseball and I believe that the tendency to make guys who violate the drug rules into the darkest villains as opposed to mere rule breakers to be pretty odious.

But with that acknowledged, doesn’t it seem strange to you that none of the people who offered wall-to-wall opinions about A-Rod’s ethical failures and even his evil — remember; Madden of the Daily News compared him to Whitey Bulger — there hasn’t been anyone besides a few of us loon jobs in the blogosphere willing to wade into the possibility that MLB committed a pretty major transgression here and that maybe — just maybe — it’s a relevant coda to the Biogenesis story? Especially if you’re someone like the Daily News I-Team, which touts the awards it won for covering the Biogenesis story on its front page.

If I missed something or if something comes out soon in which these folks opine on the Newsday report in the manner they opined on every other aspect of the Biogenesis story I’ll update. For now, though, I’ll hang up and listen.

No one pounds the zone anymore

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“Work fast and throw strikes” has long been the top conventional wisdom for those preaching pitching success. The “work fast” part of that has increasingly gone by the wayside, however, as pitchers take more and more time to throw pitches in an effort to max out their effort and, thus, their velocity with each pitch.

Now, as Ben Lindbergh of The Ringer reports, the “throw strikes” part of it is going out of style too:

Pitchers are throwing fewer pitches inside the strike zone than ever previously recorded . . . A decade ago, more than half of all pitches ended up in the strike zone. Today, that rate has fallen below 47 percent.

There are a couple of reasons for this. Most notable among them, Lindbergh says, being pitchers’ increasing reliance on curves, sliders and splitters as primary pitches, with said pitches not being in the zone by design. Lindbergh doesn’t mention it, but I’d guess that an increased emphasis on catchers’ framing plays a role too, with teams increasingly selecting for catchers who can turn balls that are actually out of the zone into strikes. If you have one of those beasts, why bother throwing something directly over the plate?

There is an unintended downside to all of this: a lack of action. As Lindbergh notes — and as you’ve not doubt noticed while watching games — there are more walks and strikeouts, there is more weak contact from guys chasing bad pitches and, as a result, games and at bats are going longer.

As always, such insights are interesting. As is so often the case these days, however, such insights serve as an unpleasant reminder of why the on-field product is so unsatisfying in so many ways in recent years.