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Thursday, July 13, 2017

COLUMN: CAN’T SOMEBODY SPEED UP THE GAME OF BASEBALL?

I’ve criticized the All Star game format and the pace of play separately and previously. The reason for the huge drop in ratings for the game, however, isn’t either of those things. When I was a kid, the only chances to see a NL player (and some AL players) were the Saturday afternoon game of the week and the All Star Game. We can watch every player *every day*. I can literally watch any game I want to watch Friday.

The reasons are varied, and not hard to find. Interleague play has taken the mystique off the All-Star Game, baseball doesn’t manufacture stars like other sports and the game itself is becoming one-dimensional with many of its subtleties fading away.

Mostly, though, it’s because baseball is simply too slow for today’s limited-attention viewers. They’re finding better things to do than watch endless pitching changes, long replay challenge delays and games that always seem to revolve around home runs or strikeouts.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 13, 2017 at 06:52 AM | 4 comment(s)
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Wednesday, July 12, 2017


This Time It’s Fun Again: The MLB All-Star Game of old is back

It’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 12, 2017 at 06:44 AM | 0 comment(s)
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MLB All-Star Game gets silly with little on the line

MLB All Star Game is now a celebrity softball game.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 12, 2017 at 06:32 AM | 42 comment(s)
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Robinson Cano’s home run in extras powers AL | MLB.com

AL wins meaningless exhibition.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 12, 2017 at 06:21 AM | 5 comment(s)
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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Olney: Baseball’s lost All-Star opportunity - Buster Olney Blog- ESPN

Another meaningless exhibition.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 11, 2017 at 11:10 AM | 29 comment(s)
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