Probably from LL Majors and LL All Star Level up to MLB level, but my Pet hate in baseball is watching players who do not hustle, even on the supposed easy pop fly.
RUN HARD ALWAYS.
Always put pressure on the fielders as a base runner or batter no matter how easy the play seems.
What is your Opinion?
I don't think I'd use the term hate - 'peeve' maybe......
You're mostly a coach/manager so I'd expect more playing related things but as my role as a league administrator/umpire I see things a little differently. My biggest pet peeve is those whose argument/discussion ends with "It's about the kids.", like that's some kind of moral highground they've staked out. Isn't that a given? Isn't that obvious? Who in their right mind isn't there for the kids? The thing that really bugs me is that when a parent says that, what they really mean is "It's all about MY kid.". I just wish they'd be honest about it. As LP, for me it actually is "all about the kids.", but that includes all ~400 of them. I expect a parent to lobby for their kid. I just have to weigh their desires against what's best for everybody. My two children are long gone from LL so I have a unique perspective on what goes on. Nobody could ever accuse me of featherbedding since I have nothing personally (other than personal satisfaction) to gain.
Just replace every "hate" word for "peeve", Pete Rose?
I wish every kid I coached could play baseball and have the attitude like him... without the betting problems of course.
Last weekend I just helped grade 60 of our U8 and U10 players.. I can tell without even watching them throw the ball who will be our clubs best baseball LL players in the next 3 years . Next weekend will be all our 80 club LL Minors and Majors players to grade,
Hustle means everything in Baseball as you well know mate.
My biggest pet peeve in baseball are managers that question every call by the umpire. In one case, with a runner on 2nd, a ball was hit at the SS and got by him. The manager immediately had a fit, saying the ball hit the baserunner. Neither umpire saw it hit the runner. The manager then filed a protest saying it was a rule interpretation. Sorry guy, judgement calls are not protestable. End of story. I think umpires are the bane of his existence. I think even now, two years latter, he still thinks it's a rule interpretation.
I'm with you on this one. Especially at the professional level. It is inexcusable to not be hustling at that level (not to mention with that paycheck). Not only would I like to see players not have to kick it back into gear after an unexpected bobble or mishap, which is embarrassing for both parties--I also appreciate it when ballplayers hustle on and off the field. Whether it be after striking out and jogging back to the dugout or after your team makes the third out on the field
One more pet peeve....
People who come to a game, sit in great seats, and spend most of their time on their cell phones, talking and hoping the TV cameras will pick them up so they can wave to the people at home. What a waste of good seats!!
I'm guilty. I'll usually call my brother while muh-Angels are in the midst of a rally and the crowd is going monkey wild. Oh and when the A's were visiting and a fellow Angel fan asked my 7 year old (it was his 1st Angel game) what he thought of Piazza. I can't post the politically incorrect response here.
My pet peave is lack of hustle on and off the field. It has been mentioned but I see it at all levels, I don't have a big problem with coaches questioning calls as long as it's legit or they have a clue what they are talking about. A manager that wants to argue and doesn't know the rule gets a short discussion. I will explain it and then send him on his way.The "We're here for the Kids" quote is almost always in close proximity to a jerk.
Michael S. Taylor
I also don't care for players who don't hustle. I get amused when I see a position player not hustle out a batted ball he feels is a sure out, and then he gets embarrassed when the fielder boots the play, and still ends up having time to throw out the player.
But if I really had to pick a pet-peeve, it's the lack of respect amateur players nowadays have for the game. I can't stand seeing youth players who don't wear the uniform properly, who trash-talk opposing players, who talk back to adult managers, coaches, and umpires, and who feel they are the focus of the team. It's bad enough to have to watch the million-dollar prima donnas in the pros act like fools. But when I see it in high school and below, it bugs the heck out of me.
Your pet peeve (the lack of respect amateur players have for the game) goes hand in hand with mine. I have a real problem with professional athletes who can't realize that they are role models for young impressionable kids.
These amateur athletes see their favorite professionals wearing so much jewelry that it looks like a "Mr. T Starter Set". Baseball players running their mouths about the umpires (Chipper Jones). Basketball players with tattoos all over their bodies. Football players who can't score a touchdown without performing a choreographed endzone act.
Why can't they understand that the young athletes expect the pros to show them how things should be done? When the young kids see the pros act like clowns, they think that this is how they should act?
They should leave the jewelry in their lockers, shut their mouths and when they score, act like they've done it before.
I agree. "Act like you have done it before"... well said.
If the influence always comes from the top down, how do you all think attitudes of the pro athletes that act that way can be changed to be more positive role models for today's youth? Or, maybe the root of the answer comes from why they started acting that way in the first place?