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LAMM AT LARGE: Is Baseball In Trouble?

todayJune 8, 2022

Interest in baseball is shrinking but the caretakers of the game are basically doing nothing about it.
The main issue is baseball’s insistence on protecting the integrity of the game’s records. That sounds good until you look at the shrinking attendance and TV viewership. Those under 40 have almost abandoned the game.
Are the records really that important? What other sport cares so passionately about them as baseball?
The top dog, the NFL, has gone from 12 to 17-game seasons in my life time, records be damned. The NFL rules have changed drastically to benefit the offense.
The NBA has introduced the 3-point shot — wouldn’t Oscar Robertson and Jerry West have loved that? — and all but eliminated traveling and palming violations.
Here’s some suggestions for baseball: shortened the season. Start in May and end in September. Yes, that includes the World Series. Make rules to shorten the games and, most importantly, enforce that rules.
Owners and players would lose some revenue but isn’t that worth saving the game?

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