Stark: Is there a way to fix baseball’s service time mess?

From Jayson Stark at The Athletic on September 13, 2018:

In​ 2015, it​ was Kris Bryant. In April, it​ was​ Ronald Acuña Jr. And​ now, in​ a September in which​ we​ just​​ can’t stop talking about who isn’t in the big leagues, it’s Eloy Jiménez and Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

What do they have in common? They’d done everything they needed to do to reach the major leagues. But it wasn’t enough – because baseball is broken.

Oh, not the game itself. Or the players. Or even the front offices that make these decisions which everyone enjoys so much. That isn’t the part of baseball that needs fixing.

It’s just the foundation of the sport. That’s all.

Is there any other sport that provides such massive incentive for teams not to have their best players on the field – or even on their roster?

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Originally published: September 13, 2018. Last Updated: September 13, 2018.