If MLB had a better product to put on the field, it would not matter as much, as to what the size of the market is. But as long as they operate in the decades ago mentality, they need to worry. As long as the Dodgers, Res Sox and Yankees are not in the WS, it is a win win situation foe me.
Most of your comment didn’t address what I said.
But you usually don’t see those things except on the replay, and frequently not even then, because the camera work is so bad. Now, on instant replay, of course, we get exquisite close-ups of the last half second of a play, but so what? In real time we don’t get to watch it happen except in blinks.
In football, the complexity is part of the game. It really is as complicated as war….or as Shaw said, as opera.
Basketball is nonstop. 48 minutes of aggressive ballet.
And those are both OK
The excitement of baseball is that we constantly experience build up and then resolution. Sometimes the resolution is nothing, a foul ball, for instance, or a pop-up, and foul balls and pop-ups are boring, but we don’t know they’re going to happen until they actually happen, so the anticipation is itself exciting.
Strikeouts are not boring, But they would be more exciting if they were less plentiful.
But sometimes they result in a ball put into play, and that’s good.
But one of the huge problems is that the way the cameras are used completely ruins the impact of a play, and completely eliminates the power of that anticipation, That few seconds before “it happens” that is one of the chief delights of baseball.
here’s an example:
Many years ago, I think Merwin Gonzalez, but it might have been Johnathan Villar, Stole home against Wey Yin Chen and the Orioles. Not only was the camera angle perfect, and we got to watch the whole thing start to finish, but the announcers picked up on the runner creeping away from third base, they were setting up the possibility, increasing the anticipation and therefore increasing the excitement, And then it happened. That year the Astros were awful and the Orioles were fabulous, but there we got to watch a marvelous little 15-second vignette, a tale told beautifully. And for those 15 seconds, the Astros made the Orioles look pretty dumb.
That kind of successful presentation is so rare as to be practically accidental, and the absence of it is part of the problem of baseball.
Atlanta might be the 7th biggest market, but their payroll was 12th, and about $30 mm less than the Orioles spent just a few years ago.
I do think the sport would be better off if all teams’ payrolls were within a relatively narrow band.
I was very surprised to see the grades Tony put on his hit tool: Current 50 and Future 70.
That seems high to me, personally.
It suggest that Rutschman has the ability to develop into a consistent .300+ hitter. I just don't see that happening.
Perhaps Tony could expand on his thoughts.
Can’t get behind ‘86 since I have hated the Mets every single day since 1969. In ‘86, I hated them much more than the Red Sox, which weren’t the same huge-spending team with self-entitled fans they are today. And then like half the Mets team wrote autobiographies or accounts of the season. Couldn’t go to the baseball shelf of a bookstore without seeing like 20 books by or about the Mets. Yuck!
if only I could reorder time. I’d have loved to watch the Red Sox lose a WS game by having their 1B have a routine grounder go through his legs if it were 2018.
Thanks for the comments and offers of support.
I do have DISH, so I have access to the playoff games. When 10 PM rolls around I turn off the TV regardless and check the scores after I wake up.
The biggest reason I have DISH is I absolutely love Formula 1 on ESPN. The offtimes hapless Ferraris are much improved.
With the Competitive Balance picks and larger international bonus pools MLB is attempting to balance the playing field.