Avoid the Hot Takes on Coghlan and Kang and Other Bullets

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Avoid the Hot Takes on Coghlan and Kang and Other Bullets

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coghlan kang slideI’m headed to Chicago after today’s game, and I’ll be in town for the bulk of this final home stand. That will include Monday night’s Social Media Night, and I hope to see plenty of you out in the bleachers that night and/or at Captain Morgan Club beforehand.

I’d love to do a BN get-together – as many folks as we can get – next weekend. Friday (September 25) or Saturday (26) against the Pirates? Drop into the comments if you were going to one of those games already and would like to get together after one of those games. I’d like to get a day and location finalized soon so that we can try and get as many BN’ers out as possible. We can all become real life friends!

  • I guess it was naive to hope that the baseball world would see yesterday’s Jung-Ho Kang injury for what it was and move on: a terrible, unfortunate injury, caused by a baseball play that happens every day – and it’s a play that is applauded when it takes out a defender, breaks up a double play, and doesn’t cause an injury. Had Chris Coghlan’s slide altered Kang’s positioning such that he couldn’t complete the double play and Kang wasn’t injured, I’d bet even most Pirates fans would be saying to themselves, “Damn, wish he’d gotten the double play, but that was a good, hard slide.”
  • My feeling remains the same, even after seeing a whole lot of discourse out there about how Coghlan was “dirty” or, alternatively, that Kang was at fault for planting where he did: no person is at fault for what happened yesterday. Instead, fault lies with the rules and the culture of that play. Of course defenders should try to protect themselves, but Kang was pretty far away from the bag and it all happens so fast. And of course runners should try and break up a double play, and it’s not like Coghlan was trying to hurt Kang. I just don’t like that hard, takeout slides are a part of the game. That should be the focus of this incident, not whether Coghlan was wrong or Kang was wrong. Solution: No more neighborhood play (and plays at second are reviewable), runners may not target defenders with their slides, and defenders may not block the base without the ball. Would it take time to get those rules right? Yup. We’ve seen it with the poorly-deployed plate-blocking rule. But my suggestion protects players AND improves the accuracy of calls at second base.
  • And, for the record: it’s not like Coghlan did this.
  • As for Kang, the injury required surgery, and he’ll be out six to eight months. Just awful. It doesn’t sound like the Pirates harbor any ill-will.

  • But seriously, you must watch that interview. One key mention by Rizzo: the key to the Cubs’ clubhouse and the integration of young superstars in a way that ensures no ego problems has been David Ross. And, from Bryant, I love that he points out that the team’s youth works in its favor in not feeling the burden of the Cubs’ history – they’re too young to really feel that weight. They just play.
  • If you missed Scoreboard Watching this morning or the Series Preview, all eyes are on the Cardinals today.
  • Love ya, Bill:

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.