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Manfredian Dialectic

I am going to start a post in which, as it will become evident, another among us must finish. This “other” will be skilled in logic and not a philosophical dilettante like myself. Here is how it begins:

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred: ‘We Need To Make A Change To The Baseball’

Forbes.com posted this article yesterday in which MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred stated that a study has been commissioned (makes sense that a commissioner would commission) to fix a problem with the baseball. Namely, home runs are up an unprecedented amount this year in the MLB and the MILB (where HRs are up 50% from last year!), and Manfred is convinced it is because the baseball is different. Surprisingly, As one would expect, the findings and suggestions of this study will be released shortly after the World Series is completed.

Here is the beginning of my philosophical conjecture: is this a type of logical fallacy? Manfred’s thesis is that the ball has created a more offensive environment in the MLB and MILB. His antithesis is that gratuitous home runs negatively impact the integrity of the game, and his synthesis is that he, himself, must solve the problem through commissioning a study to redesign the ball so that order can be restored.

But hear me out – didn’t he himself create the problem in the first place? From Wikipedia:

“It was announced on June 5, 2018 that Rawlings was sold from Newell Brands to the Los Angeles-based private equity firm, Seidler Equity Partners (SEP) (which owns LA Fitness), with MLB a co-investor in the $395 million deal.

It is no secret that MLB owns controlling interest of Rawlings, the baseball manufacturer. Manfred has said in various places that he is unaware of changes that were made, which is most likely code for, “Changes have been made but I am willfully ignorant of exactly what changes were made.” But as commissioner, he is the most culpable, even in his ignorance, for the change in the ball.

Isn’t this a delightful turn of events for him? He essentially creates a problem, it needs to be solved, and he solves it. This is where the logician in our midst needs to step in and help us to more fully understand what is being implied here and how we, as consumers of the MLB, can properly understand what is going on. Should we begin a campaign for our own commissioner, who has never created a problem he himself needs to solve – unless of course he created the problem of too many EFL teams out of contention in the last month for which a solution would need to be found, namely a tangential EFL playoff (which I think is an excellent idea!) – but I don’t think he created that problem through his own devices. Therefore, if we have a voice, and we have a good commissioner, should we not scrutinize Manfred for the sole purpose of ousting him if needed and campaigning for our very own Commissioner Mock to take his place?

Only Phil can set us straight, and so we will wait. As we wait, enjoy your update for today!

EFL Standings for 2019
Portland Rosebuds 102 56 .648 995.3 732.2
Flint Hill Tornadoes 103 56 .646 0.2 986.3 726.1
Old Detroit Wolverines 93 66 .584 10.1 926.6 778.3
Peshastin Pears 88 70 .554 14.9 832.0 749.6
Pittsburgh Alleghenys 85 73 .538 17.4 823.1 746.3
Haviland Dragons 81 77 .514 21.3 887.0 856.4
Canberra Kangaroos 79 80 .498 23.8 892.5 902.2
Kaline Drive 78 80 .496 24.2 765.0 773.7
Cottage Cheese 75 84 .472 27.9 890.0 939.7
Bellingham Cascades 66 92 .417 36.5 712.6 851.0
Brookland Outs 64 95 .403 38.8 743.0 900.1
D.C. Balk 64 95 .400 39.4 684.7 843.7
Portland: W, 5-(-1) (29 PA, .130, .310, .391; 18 IP, 5 er, 2.50 era) The Rosebud owner and I were texting back and forth last night about his starting pitchers, who began with a bad performance (which made me happy) and ended with two stellar performances (which made me unhappy). I also tried to piece together his batting line and knew it would not be good, and it’s not. But it didn’t matter, for some difficult to explain reason. Tonight he will play a game and I will not, which will make our games played the same number, and tomorrow we will know where we both stand with 3 games left in the season. Have I mentioned how fun it is to be wrestling with my brother until the very last pitch thrown this season? Well, it is fun.
Flint Hill: W, 9-4 (41 PA, .351, .390, .541; .3 IP, 0 ER) There isn’t much more to do than this. Great hitting, good pitching (most of it coming from innings stored in the database) and still we lost .01 games off the lead.
Old Detroit: W, 5-4 (50 PA, .217, .280, .370; 12.3 IP, 5 er, 3.65 era) Last night the Wolverine’s owner wrote little about nothing much, which was pithy and also clever. I appreciated it. So did Rafael Devers, who led his team in hitting (and who wouldn’t covet him, Ron?) with a HR and a double. And his pitching was markedly better than it has been all month, which turned into a win for the team!
Peshastin: W(2), L(-1) (4-0) (37 PA, .226, .270, .452; 2 IP, 0 er) I am not sure how a 4-0 score resulted in 2 wins and a negative loss, so perhaps I made a mistake. We’ll find out tomorrow, I suppose. In the meantime, Phil has some work to do teach us about logic, so we will wait!
Pittsburgh: W, 5-3 (41 PA, .216, .293, .324; 6.3 IP, 1 er, 1.42 era) Pete Alonso hit another HR (he will definitely win the ROY for the NL) and Dansby Swanson chipped in 4 hits in 6 ABs to lead the Alleghanys. Frankie Montas returned from his drug suspension to throw 6 innings and 1 er.
Haviland: L, 2-8 (44 PA, .162, .279, .297; 1.3 IP, 5 er, 33.75 era) Ramon Laureano is back from his injury and playing like he never lost a beat. But the pitchers, oh the pitchers. Sean Newcomb’s 9.00 era was not good, unless you compare it to Junior Fernandez whose era was 108.00. I think Ron calls that a chulk of some kind, though I confess that I forget what a chulk is or how it came to be known as a chulk.
Canberra: L, 10-16 (48 PA, .413, .438, .630; 7 IP, 12 er, 16.71 era) Ryan must have been offended by his dad’s post yesterday, which implied that he nor Kaline were doing much. Because he did a lot of everything! Great hitting stats with 19 hits spread across 9 of their 11 hitters. And their pitchers, not wanting to be outdone, gave up 16 runs!
Kaline: “L,” 5-4 (39 PA, .229, .308, .457; 13 IP, 6 er, 4.14 era) Wilmer Flores carried the Drive a little closer to .500 by amassing 3 hits, one a HR and another a double. Dario Agrazal threw what might be his best game since he was called up, going 6 IP with 2 ER.
Cottage: W, 7-3 (37 PA, .265, .270, .559; 7.3 IP, 2 er, 2.45 era) The Cheese got 9 hits, and 7 of them were for extra bases (5 2Bs, 1 3B, and 1 HR). They also had 0 BBs (1 HBP) in those 37 PAs, which is a pretty difficult thing to do. If you only get on base by getting XBH, and you do it a few times per game, you will most often win – and they did!
Bellingham: L, 4-5 (17 PA, .438, .471, .875; 3.3 IP, 0 er) The Cascade hitter who showed up last night showed up last night! 4 out of the 5 hitters got a hit, and 3 of those got two hits apiece. Things got a little crazy as Rowdy Tellez hit 2 HRs.
Brookland: W, 6-2 (24 PA, .364, .417, .636; 11 IP, 5 er, 4.09 era) A solid day for the Outs, led by Jose Martinez’s 3 hits. He was just a HR short of the cycle, which is impressive if you have seen how big/kind of slow he is – he got a triple!
DC: “W,” 6-6 (38 PA, .294, .368, .382; .7 IP, 0 er) Matt Chapman hit a game winning HR last night to get his A’s one game closer to the postseason, and to get the Balk one game closer to not being in last place. What will happen in these final few days?
Combined MLB + EFL Standings for 2014
AL East
Flint Hill Tornadoes 103 56 .646
New York Yankees 102 57 .642 0.7
Tampa Bay Rays 95 64 .597 7.7
Old Detroit Wolverines 93 66 .584 9.9
Boston Red Sox 83 75 .525 19.2
Toronto Blue Jays 65 94 .409 37.7
Baltimore Orioles 52 107 .327 50.7
NL East
Atlanta Braves 97 62 .610
Washington Nationals 89 69 .563 7.5
New York Mets 83 75 .525 13.5
Philadelphia Phillies 79 79 .500 17.5
Canberra Kangaroos 79 80 .498 17.9
D.C. Balk 64 95 .400 33.5
Miami Marlins 55 103 .348 41.5
AL Central
Minnesota Twins 98 60 .620
Cleveland Indians 93 65 .589 5
Pittsburgh Alleghenys 85 73 .538 12.9
Chicago White Sox 69 88 .439 28.5
Bellingham Cascades 66 92 .417 32.1
Kansas City Royals 58 101 .365 40.5
Detroit Tigers 46 111 .293 51.5
NL Central
St. Louis Cardinals 90 69 .566
Milwaukee Brewers 88 70 .557 1.5
Chicago Cubs 82 76 .519 7.5
Cottage Cheese 75 84 .472 14.9
Cincinnati Reds 73 85 .462 16.5
Pittsburgh Pirates 67 91 .424 22.5
Brookland Outs 64 95 .403 25.9
AL West
Houston Astros 104 54 .658
Oakland A’s 95 63 .601 9
Haviland Dragons 81 77 .514 22.8
Kaline Drive 78 80 .496 25.7
Texas Rangers 75 83 .475 29
Los Angeles Angels 71 87 .449 33
Seattle Mariners 66 92 .418 38
NL West
Portland Rosebuds 102 56 .648
Los Angeles Dodgers 102 56 .646 0.4
Peshastin Pears 88 70 .554 14.9
Arizona Diamondbacks 82 77 .516 20.9
San Francisco Giants 76 82 .481 26.4
San Diego Padres 70 88 .443 32.4
Colorado Rockies 68 90 .430 34.4


  • What a great idea, to call in a logician when someone’s leaky argument is making a mess of the kitchen. I’m no professional, although I did pretty well on my LSAT.

    I’m not sure you correctly grasped your dialectic wrench when you tried to use it to stop some of the leakage. Most of what I know about dialectics comes from reading Mark Juergensmeyer’s book on Gandhi, which has had three titles, of which “Fighting With Gandhi” was my favorite. The latest version is called “Gandhi’s Way.” Juergensmeyer says the thesis is one position (or proposition) (but definitely not a preposition), and an antithesis is a conflicting position (or proposition). The synthesis is a new position that combines the strengths of the two conflicting positions.

    Perhaps you can minimize further leakage while we wait for the professional logician by handling your dialectic wrench the way Juergensmeyer does.