I'm sure everyone here is well acquainted with the arguments against tanking. It messes with team chemistry, morale, and motivation. It may stunt the development of younger players as "quality reps" are key. It could lead to injuries of star players, as injuries tend to happen more frequently when players aren't focused and motivated. Some of those injuries could be serious to the point of being career-threatening.
The Bungs have never been that big on performance incentives, but there are a few scattered across the team, are there not? Tanking will tee-off a player who needs to reach a milestone or two and can't do it because the team is now a self-made moving train wreck. That's a big step along the road of Bungalization.
Tanking tees-off season ticket holders as well, as they've handsomely prepaid for what are now glorified exhibition games, and boring ones at that. The losing that comes with tanking in turn tees-off the remaining fans, which also leads to lost ticket sales.
It goes on and on, and you've heard it all before. You could add to it if you wanted to. For a team like the Bungs that still has some quality players and interested fans, they're better off trying to crawl back into the hunt for as long as they can.
Re: The Frustration
I don't think any of us would still be here if we didn't feel at least a little residual alliance with the team. Otherwise, why pay any attention at all? Transforming from avid fan to apathetic cynic can be a long slow process, and we all take different paths to get there. A thread like this can be one step along the way.
Bell-cow quarterbacks are like queen bees. Only one can take you to the land of milk and honey.
~ What Mike Brown should have said, versus what he did say.