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Didn't he say he would eat his hat or something crazy like that?
I hope the MLB attendance numbers go down this year. It looks like the Orioles, Indians, Marlins, Pirates, and possibly the Athletics, Padres, Royals, Astros, and Blue Jays will routinely draw fewer than 15,000 a night.Suck on that, Selig.
Why would you want that?
Paul Janish hit a home run
He can field, has power, and strike people out with his heater. Trade for him!
Btw, I said I'd eat my hat if any 2 of the Reds/D'Backs/Tigers/Giants (I think those were the four teams) end up being worse than the Nats. I will stick with that.
Wow, talk about a safe bet.
Well the semantics of "playoff chances" caused it to unravel. The DBacks won't get the wildcard nor will they beat the Dodgers, for instance. Same with the Reds and the Cardinals.
So he wakes the freak up and realizes that nobody consistently cares about the MLB unless they're Red Sox or Yankees fans. I'm sick of hearing that "the game is more popular than ever" just because he keeps building trendy new stadiums and getting the yuppies to go out to the ballpark. The luster is wearing off and now it might be time to restore some actual competitive balance to the league.
You're really going to piss off the "Yankees and Red Sox dominance is good for baseball" crowd.
I wish I could find the article again, but there was this article with stats that showed that when the Red Sox/Yanks are in the playoffs, it is good for baseball. People watch. However, if the Red Sox/Yanks make it to the World Series, it is bad for baseball. Outside the Boston/NY market and the team's market they are playing, no one watches.
Meanwhile clubs like the Orioles only fill the park when those two teams come to town, whereas when they were competitive, Camden Yards was filled with Orioles fans. Now they, and many other clubs, have been reduced to begging for crumbs.The Boston/NY nexus of baseball interest is eroding interest in many other markets, to a greater extent than those two markets alone can replace.
I can see that argument for other teams in the AL east, though whether or not those two markets can make up for eroding interest in Tampa, Baltimore, and Toronto is a much closer question. I don't see how you can blame NY/Boston for a lack of interest here, in Miami, or Kansas City
The MLB needs a salary cap. It might not fix everything, but it would help immensely. Unfortunately the MLB is too corrupt, crooked and seedy to make a level playing field happen. Red Sox and Yanks would be extremely against such a thing so it must be bad for the MLB as a whole.
So it could be like basketball with the Lakers/Spurs/Celtics winning every year?
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