Firing general managers happens in the NFL — although not nearly as often as firing coaches, for obvious, yet not particularly just, reasons.
But they generally don’t happen the way they have this offseason. Not when they’ve happened. Not for the reasons they’ve happened. Not to teams that are coming off division titles, or winning seasons. Not to teams with combinations of the above.
As the Yankees return home, the Mets will be traveling to the West Coast with a four-game series against the Dodgers that begins Monday. Unfortunately for the Mets, they have Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw waiting for them Monday.
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Kendall Langford Mens Jersey The Dodgers (44-26) are coming off of a sweep of the Reds, but couldn’t gain any ground on the Rockies (46-26) thanks to Nolan Arenado’s late heroics at Coors Field on Sunday.
In the meantime, though, you’ll read pieces proclaiming that Judge’s performance so far is on par with other 60-homer seasons of the past. But a lot of those other performances came from guys with names like Sosa, Bonds and, yes, our friend Mr. McGwire during seasons in which their home run totals were almost certainly, uh, aided. So, it’s not really a fair comparison.
None of this is to say I want Judge and Bellinger to fail. It would be great if they’re both approaching 50 homers with a few weeks to go, creating the Great Rookie Home Run Race of 2017. But know this: Since McGwire’s 49 homers in 1987, the most any rookie has hit is Albert Pujols’ 37 in 2001. Baseballing is hard, especially for rookies. Even good ones.
It would be fun to watch Judge and Bellinger take their unprecedented power show into October, but don’t expect the surge to last that long.