Noah Syndergaard: Baseball Has Gone Soft

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In an interview with GQ, Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard explained why he thinks baseball has gone soft. He couldn’t be more on the money, and I’ll explain why.

“I think baseball has gotten soft, too. I think there should be some more s*** talking. I agree with what [Trevor] Bauer recently said. He gave up two home runs to Tatis, and Tatis heckled him pretty good. I think that’s awesome,” he said.

He was then asked if he had beef with Bauer after their Twitter exchange last month:

“No, I wouldn’t really call it beef. I wouldn’t put too much effort into that.”

But here’s where it gets good. Syndergaard was asked about baseball’s “unwritten rules”:

“I think they’re pretty stupid, to be honest. Anything unwritten sounds pretty stupid. I think it’s very old school, and I think there needs to be a new school approach.”

He’s right, baseball is out of date

Some things need to be preserved to maintain the baseball “feel,” but we can’t hold on to the past with our lives either. Giving up a 500-foot shot into McCovey Cove and then getting butthurt that a hitter flips his bat and screams at you? As an adult with common sense, it sounds like a simple cause and effect:

Give up bombs = risk taunting

Don’t give up bombs = zero risk of taunting

Wow. Ground breaking material here, and no one seems to get it. Every other sport, like football, and even college basketball, lets players celebrate. If you check out Instagram (where sports go to grow amongst our young communities), you’ll see celebrations all over the place. Monster high school dunk with their fellow classmates jumping up and down like they just witnessed Prince or Michael Jackson. It’s exciting. It’s new school. It sells.

Noah Syndergaard is a pitcher, and that needs to be clear here. He’s making himself more vulnerable to be the butt of a celebration in exchange for the game’s growth. That’s what Dodgers ace Trevor Bauer did by endorsing “pimping” home runs, and now Syndergaard followed his lead.

Hopefully more pitchers come out and wash away some of these “unwritten rules” because they’re trash. They make players like Ronald Acuna Jr. less likely to show their personalities. Hitting a batter with a fastball isn’t the proper way to stop bat flips and celebrations — striking them out is.

Written by Gary Sheffield, Jr

Gary Sheffield Jr is the son of should-be MLB Hall of Famer, Gary Sheffield. He covers basketball and baseball for, chats with the Purple and Gold faithful on LakersNation, and shitposts on Twitter. You can follow him at GarySheffieldJr


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  1. I think there’s room for both. Celebrate your ass off. When Bumgarner yells back it’s double the fun. And don’t piss and moan if you catch a pitch in the butt next time up. That game is fun to watch, too.

  2. I disagree. Taunting and celebrating are, in my opinion, woke, new age “look at me” bullshit. Yes I’m older and definitely old school. If allowed it won’t stop with home runs. Players will be celebrating singles, pitchers will celebrate striking someone out in the first inning, etc. Just play the game hard.

    • Agree. The “look at me” stuff is a big part of today’s societal problems. I’m all for appropriate celebration as long as it is done with respect for both your opponent and the people watching. Unfortunately, today we are seeing more of the Fernando Tatis nonsense than the pure euphoria-driven celebration (i.e Joe Carter hitting a homerun to win the World Series).

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