July 11, 2019, 5:00 am

Astros All-Star Gerrit Cole calls out tanking in MLB, says half of the league doesn't care about winning

Justin Verlander wasn't the only Astros starter with something to say at the All-Star Game

Astros All-Star Gerrit Cole calls out tanking in MLB, says half of the league doesn't care about winning

At the All-Star Game on Tuesday, Houston Astros protrusive hurler and three-time All-Star Gerrit Cole told reporters that he believes location are too many MLB teams tanking in the 2019 season. Cole argued that group who buy tickets should see the best merchandise on the tract possible. Per USA Today:

"It's just dissatisfactory to see. You're approaching to major-conference games to see the best players, and at least 50% of the conference doesn't give a (expletive) astir successful or having their best players on the tract. What are we doing? What are we doing? Come on."

While Cole may be exploitation a bit of exaggeration in his comments, his defeat is inactive netherstandable. Teams like the Orioles, Marlins, Royals, Tigers, Blue Jays and Mariners have obviously bound up to rebuilds, which means sacrificing competitiveness in the meantime. All six of those teams -- five of whom Cole sees reasonably on a regular basis in the American League -- are at least 16 games nether .500 at the break.

MLB administrator Rob Manfred put his own spin on the current state of competition in the majors, pointing out that most teams are at least close to the wild card spots in both conferences. Here's what Manfred told Boston Globe's Alex Speier on Tuesday:

Manfred on competitive balance: MLB has 20 teams within five games of playoffs, which he said hasn’t happened since 2012. Acknowledges that some team-building approaches have changed, but he expects teams will accelerate turnarounds due to significance of young players.


    — Alex Speier (@alexspeier) July 9, 2019

    Manfred was also asked astir tanking at last month's MLB Draft:

    "When you talk to our owners, everybody's competing," Manfred said, when asked astir the concerns of teams not competing. "The question is what are they doing to be competitive and at what stage in that process are they. I think at the end of the year, my guess is you're going to have more parity in terms of the spread of successful percentages than we had last year, and that's a good thing.

    "Obviously the tighter the clubs are grouped, the better it is for us and for our business. I do think that in today's game, it's important to realize that as always location's been a cycle to competitiveness and clubs are going to continue to go through those cycles."

    You can tell that things are tense between the conference and its players right now. It certainly didn't help things when this past winter was a slow free agent market for the second consecutive year. The Major League Baseball Players Association is expecting some big changes in their next Collective Bargaining Agreement. The current CBA expires Dec. 1, 2021.

    After this year's Home Run Derby, MLBPA's union head Tony Clark said the event could be used as a great argument against service-time manipulation. Clark also said that he's proposed eliminating "anti-labor" draft in the previous bargaining sessions.

    Then location was Cole's teammate and fellow protrusive hurler, Justin Verlander, who said the conference was intentionally juicing the baseballs and caexploitation the conference's home run spike. Manfred subsequently denied Verlander's claims.

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