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Baseball’s Owners Plot Baseball’s Demise

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Posted By: earlybird, 12/7/2019 7:23:38 PM

Relentless love of competition is a profoundly American trait, but you’d never know it from the way the Lords of Baseball run their game. From the Designated Hitter and Astroturf™ to the Wild Card and those 1980s-era Houston Astros uniforms that looked like construction signs, Major League Baseball’s owners have never been short on terrible ideas. (Snip) Baseball’s winter meetings will begin on December 8, and Commissioner Rob Manfred will propose eliminating the rookie leagues, sending those signed to Analytics Reeducation Camp for their first year rather than having them play games, and severely limiting the number of players each team can have in their system.


“Analytics Reeducation Camp”… Has a kind of a Soviet ring to it...

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Reply 1 - Posted by: GW_Rider 12/7/2019 7:35:18 PM (No. 255929)
Baseball is a great game for kids to play and a pitiful excuse for a professional sport.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Vesicant 12/7/2019 7:44:12 PM (No. 255931)
Yawn. Baseball been berry berry boring to me. The only downside to baseball dying off will be all those city councils trying to "redevelop" the abandoned stadiums.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: red1066 12/7/2019 10:15:17 PM (No. 255994)
The season is too long. It's a summer game that needs to be played in warm weather. Playing baseball when the temps are in the forties and the fans are bundled up like Nanook of the north is ridiculous. Start the season in mid to late April, and end it by the end of September.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Dodge Boy 12/7/2019 10:38:34 PM (No. 256005)
Here in Grand Junction, Colorado we had the Grand Junction Rockies, an A ball affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. It was announced last month the GJ Rockies are gone. What a crying shame. For a $10 ticket, we used to see 17- and 18-year olds trying to impress. And the quality of play was quite good. But, no more. Major League Baseball owners are making a grave mistake by rolling back their farm systems. At the major league level, I have noticed many empty seats at games. People are losing interest because the games take so long and are often played in crappy weather in the spring and fall. The owners need to wake up and understand that their cost-cutting is suicidal. Reducing fan access to the game will kill the game.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: DVC 12/7/2019 10:50:08 PM (No. 256013)
Minor league baseball creates fans. No fans, no baseball. Idiots in charge..
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Reply 6 - Posted by: JHHolliday 12/7/2019 11:52:22 PM (No. 256040)
I am an old coot who used to love baseball. We had 8 teams in each league. The winner of each league would meet in the World Series. No playoffs unless two teams were tied. No wild cards to get more revenue, no DH (an atrocity) and no play between the National and American League during the regular season (another atrocity). Don’t get me started on the Dodgers and Giants moving west and the loss of Ebbetts Field and the Polo Grounds. I know, I know. Money talks and I am an antique but baseball was better then.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Rumblehog 12/8/2019 12:35:30 AM (No. 256052)
Baloney. They're running out of money to pay the elite players' ultra-lavish salaries. As I've always said, if they cut their salaries in half, would they still play? Yes. If they cut that in half, would they still play? Yes. And keep going until they decide there's something else they could do to make ends meet, and that's the salary limit. If you haven't figured out, sports team owners WANT to make players out to be super-rich celebs for a reason, not because they have to.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Italiano 12/8/2019 12:49:41 AM (No. 256058)
They should sign Colin Kaepernick. Somebody must need pitching.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: Noj15 12/8/2019 2:46:46 AM (No. 256069)
Took my kids to games in the Bay Area in the 80's and 90's. Even one game of the '88 World Series. We collected baseball cards, went to baseball card shows, kept up with the game. Then comes the World Series baseball strike of 1994. They were dead to me then. Even today, no baseball, no World Series...dead to me. And football? Dead to me. We vote with our dollars. That's why baseball, football and basketball are failing. The heart of the sport is dead.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: ussjimmycarter 12/8/2019 6:13:42 AM (No. 256094)
Baseball, the perfect sport! Where Defense owns the ball! I love watching all the small adjustments fielders make for each batter! Chin Music use to be a tool and hitting a 95 mph fastball is the hardest thing in sport! But, naturally fat old weenies who never played the game and got their teams from daddy are sending it where the NBA and NFL are headed! Oblivion!
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Reply 11 - Posted by: bogeegolf 12/8/2019 9:15:08 AM (No. 256210)
Just hockey and golf for me , thanks.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: MDConservative 12/8/2019 9:15:51 AM (No. 256211)
Baseball has long ceased to be America's past time and the professional game become entertainment. All sports has to a large degree. I can't remember the last time I saw American kids playing pick-up on a playground or field. If it isn't organized, it isn't played. Sad what's happened over the years...
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