ESPN’s Bob Baffert-Alex Rodriguez cheating contradiction

Hardly issues what you order, it now will likely be served with a topping of preposterous and a aspect of ridiculous.

Sunday night time, because the Phillies performed the Braves, ESPN’s ceaseless, repetitive, attention-diverting scroll ensured that each couple of minutes we learn that Bob Baffert had been charged with scandalizing the Kentucky Derby because the Baffert-trained winner, Medina Spirit, tested drug-dirty.

Shame-shame on Baffert — once more. Another horse-racing calamity, this time in its most prestigious occasion.

At the identical time, Alex Rodriguez, twice scandalized drug cheat/liar, referred to as the sport as ESPN’s lead, we-couldn’t-hire-better, couldn’t-be-prouder MLB analyst. ESPN is completed at placing the “con” in contradiction.

Tuesday, The Post’s Josh Kosman reported that Nets’ part-time star Kyrie Irving had invested cash in a minority-owned, operated and staffed — segregated? — consulting business that “seeks to provide a more equitable process that eliminates systemic boundaries to entry,” no examples of offenders given.

It subsequently stands to motive that if Irving’s NBA employment requirements are utilized, his staff, for any and all causes — occasions that trigger emotional misery, the necessity to stop working for days at a time for private, unexplained causes — will likely be allowed, if not inspired, to vanish, no threat to continued employment.

Given his NBA employment historical past and tens of hundreds of thousands of {dollars} in pay, how may Irving ask, not to mention insist, on higher from his staff?

Back to Baffert. This week he recalled a previous incident through which he claimed a groom ingested cough syrup then urinated on his horse’s secure fodder, which was then eaten by his horse (the equal to: “My baby brother ate my homework”). This kind of “alibi” does nothing to exculpate numbers that create extra suspicion than respectable glory:

Just two full-time thoroughbred trainers in current historical past have had win proportion charges as excessive as 32 p.c, an extremely excessive thus doubtful charge as per the achievements of Barry Bonds, Lance Armstrong and the afore-noted Rodriguez: Baffert and Jason Servis.

Last yr Servis was indicted on federal prices as a part of a horse-drugging ring that included trainers and veterinarians. This yr, Baffert’s newest Derby “win” has wrecked Saturday’s Preakness.

Still, for all Baffert’s “success” — he’s in racing’s Hall of Fame — he has been hit with 5 current horse drug-busts. Yet he now asks that you simply contemplate him a sufferer, particularly, as he later stated this week, of the sweeping “cancel culture.” You’d suppose his title is being faraway from schoolbooks.

Fine. He’s a sufferer of the cancel tradition. But how does that specify that after once more the coach of championship horses — and now one to have received the most recent Kentucky Derby — is once more the final to know what goes on in his barns? Aren’t the labels of medicines learn earlier than software?

At finest, let’s give Baffert the advantage of probably the most excessive doubt: He’s harmless. In that case he’d be responsible of negligence within the excessive — but once more.

What’ll or not it’s, Bob, common or excessive take a look at?

MLB technique: Keep altering pitchers till you discover option to lose

As lengthy as our good senses have been invaded by analytics and their upper-case statistical abbreviations, why not add extra vital abbreviations, those who distinguish wins from losses.

Saturday, with Max Scherzer doing a Cy Young quantity on the Yankees — after 7 ¹/₃ innings, he’d allowed one run, one stroll, two hits and struck out 14 — the Nationals registered a GLPC, a sport misplaced to pitch depend.

Though the Nats didn’t have fear a couple of pinch hitter — it was a DH sport — and held a 2-1 lead, Scherzer was pulled after his 109th pitch — as soon as, as David Cone not too long ago stated on YES, no sweat for starters.

Next, entered Daniel Hudson who confronted two batters. He made all gone on seven pitches, one strikeout. But supervisor Dave Martinez, as per commonplace MLB analytical lunacy, wouldn’t be blissful till he discovered relievers to blow the sport. He succeeded.

This was a GLAPC — sport misplaced to absurd pitching adjustments, now as widespread because the RBI.

Then there are the day by day/nightly BLFTR stats — bases misplaced, failure to run.

Tuesday, the Yanks stayed sizzling, beating the Rays with 5 gamers within the lineup batting .200 or below. The Rays began 5 at .193 and beneath. Lots of strikeouts, balls hit into the shift. The new same-old.

Why are such mindless, game-determining realities not subjected to analytics?


When Kenny Mayne started as an ESPN “SportsCenter” anchor, he was nicely price our time and a spotlight. He was inventive, intelligent, successfully sarcastic, and he appeared to know his stuff.

But Mayne painted himself right into a nook of his personal selecting. He grew to become inextricably hooked up to his indifferent, downbeat, on-air persona, a lot in order that his act grew to become an act — worn, weary and, worst of all, predictable. Wedded to the off-speed changeup, he wanted to throw totally different pitches.

Now, after 27 years and diminished presence, he’s out, having refused diminished pay. Pity.

Stats happen of phrases

Enough! Now, each YES and SNY, in detailed graphics and prolonged chitchat, are breaking out the sorts of pitches and percentages of various pitches that pitchers throw to document outs.

This is, at finest, circumstantial, parenthetical information that may be lined by Ron Darling or David Cone with phrases reminiscent of, “The slider is his best pitch.”

Meanwhile, what we’re imagined to be enlightened by solely additional erodes why we’re there — to observe the bloody ballgame!


Good take by WFAN’s Maggie Gray on Mets call-up catcher Patrick Mazeika, the one with the bald prime and hillbilly beard and talent to hit infield ground-ball game-winners: “I don’t know if he looks as if he’s from the past or the future.”

Patrick Mazeika
Patrick Mazeika
Charles Wenzelberg/New York Post

Still Missing Jim Spanarkel: YES half time Nets analyst Richard Jefferson stays within the behavior of constructing non-stories and self-evident tales very lengthy.


During Yankees telecasts, that fats “THE YES APP” seems on the display always, even when one other graphic seems as Michael Kay reads a promo for the “Major League Baseball Ballpark App.”


Two aged gents chatting on a park bench. One says, “Ahh, my wife’s an angel.” “You’re lucky,” says the opposite, “mine’s still alive.” … Hey, a few of my finest associates are girls.

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