Rob Manfred wants to make prude fans happy
This year’s MLB opening day feels different from recent iterations as the media doesn’t have (mostly) the usual points to complain. The rule changes will shorten the game, stop the shift dialog, and give junior runners throw pillows to slide in. Yes! Now, if we could convince those who still watch baseball to stop worrying about the attacks and accept the real three-shots.
Are the new field clocks good for baseball?
Commissioner Rob Manfred can tell us the changes are “restore baseball when it’s most popular all he wanted, but the truth is that MLB hasn’t had a juice in a while. If you poll sports fans in general, not just die-hard baseball fans, on what they want to see, a large portion will point to the Finals of Classic Baseball. world dictionary and said, “That. Give me more than that.
The difference between baseball and other big American sports is that the biggest names in the NFL, NBA, and NHL can carry flawed rosters into the post-season. It’s great for Shield that Aaron Rodgers is able to win over the Packers in the knockout stages while getting treatment for his ayahuasca drunkenness and shopping for apartments in Manhattan. An NBA team with LeBron James has to be a particularly bad team when it doesn’t make it to the knockout stages.
If Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani were basketball players, their team would lead the annual title and lead First time as if every day was WBC. It’s been too long to see those two play in meaningful MLB games, and I’m not the only one trying. to figure out how to make it happen.
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That said, there’s no game-changing way to ensure we get the top predators in the knockouts without doing something as ridiculous as making every salmon and Ohtani RBI have double (triple?)
So if we can’t do that, the remaining power rests with fan service and that’s always a risky proposition, especially in baseball.
Find the sweet spot of fan service
I am anti-fan service as much as possible The Rise of Skywalker hate, but this is a sport where there is a safety net argue just because old people hate young people looking at their phones. Baseball takes a lot of introspection, and I’ve been told that acknowledging you have a problem is always the first step to recovery. The yard clock is fine. We’ll see if increasing the pace keeps me awake in the seventh round. I guess killing ca and giant base is a plus.
My question is: What if it’s not enough?
There’s a lot that needs to be fixed to get baseball back into its national past, and that won’t happen with a few tweaks to the rules. Yes, the change is annoying, but will it reduce the flow of useless employees and harsh sales pitches?
Today’s sports fans want drama, longtime players making big games, mind-blowing fouls, spectacular comebacks, polarizing dynasties and more power. The more tunes you can put into a category.
Baseball has some of that, but nowhere near enough to satisfy a segment of the population conditioned by cell phones and social media. Whenever the hitters hit too many runs home, they or the baseball players are met with skepticism. The balls, players or both are pressed! Hit too easy! We need to live in a world where history matters and records cannot be broken!
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The points of attack have surpassed sprints in football and basketball every year, and fans have known the rate of inflation. The logical ones among us understand that eras are different and not every box point is made equal. However, baseball purists adore statistics, which is funny because every season there is a new formula to prove who is the best player and we are told that the typical numbers we evaluate on the back of baseball cards forever no longer matter. If the old metrics are out of date, why do you care so much about them?
So what if the ball flies further? Exposure is definitely harder than ever as each team has four to five flamethrowers with Mario Baseball replacements in their back pockets. Move back to the mound, something, whatever, to put the hit in the modern era.
When asked why MLB made all the changes, Manfred he said, “The short answer is fans.” Great. I just don’t think the concessions needed to appease the confusing crowd about Ritalin will be accepted because baseball’s history rests on an untouchable pedestal. There is no way to restore the old MLB. That has disappeared. Hitters don’t even try to take advantage of the change and still attack enough to give Mad Dog an aneurysm. What’s next? Shall we adjust the launch angle?
This fan service is great, but I’m not sure if the larger issue affecting the game — the overwhelming advantage for pitchers — has been properly addressed. Whether or not fans allow those changes to happen is up to them as MLB won’t drag a bunch of already kicking and screaming people into the contemporary era.
Either accept it or go teach the little divers how to slap.