At the All-Star Game on Tuesday, Houston Astros starting pitcher and three-time All-Star Gerrit Cole told reporters that he believes there are too many MLB teamstanking in the 2019 season. Cole argued that people who buy tickets should see the best product on the field possible. Per USA Today:
"It's just disappointing to see. You're coming to major-league games to see the best players, and at least 50% of the league doesn't give a (expletive) about winning or having their best players on the field. What are we doing? What are we doing? Come on."
While Cole may be using a bit of hyperbole in his comments, his frustration is still understandable. Teams like the Orioles, Marlins, Royals, Tigers, Blue Jays and Mariners have obviously committed to rebuilds, which means sacrificing competitiveness in the meantime. All six of those teams -- five of whom Cole sees fairly regularly in the American League -- are at least 16 games under .500 at the break.
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred put his own spin on the current state of competition in the majors, pointing out that most teams are at least close to the wild card spots in both leagues.