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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

MLB officially gets into the gambling business and now thinks its slow pace is a selling point

The biggest revelation in baseball Tuesday wasn’t that Major League Baseball was partnering with MGM to officially get into the gambling business — that was only a matter of time since the Supreme Court decision in May that opened the doors to legalize sports betting.

The biggest revelation in baseball came during the announcement of the MLB-MGM deal and it was this: Pace-of-play isn’t that bad after all.

Yes, you read that right. Baseball’s slow pace is being propped up as a good thing after years of hearing about how it’s ruining baseball and years of developing new rules aimed at fixing it. It goes to show, when sports gambling becomes legal, anything can change.

It isn’t every day when MLB runs with two different bad ideas at the same time….

QLE Posted: November 28, 2018 at 06:13 AM | 80 comment(s)
  Beats: gambling, mgm, mlb, pace of play

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

The Sky Is Falling, Baseball Is Dying, and the Roof May Leak

Some perspective from John Thorn.

Let’s focus for a moment on the elephant in the room: the commercial breaks that come with completed half innings or pitcher replacements. In the 2018 World Series each such instance consumed 2 minutes and 50 seconds. For easy mental computation let’s call it 3 minutes … multiplied by 17 in a nine-inning game won by the home team. 51 minutes. Let’s say that the two clubs combine to use nine pitchers, thus making seven changes. Add 21 minutes. Commercial breaks contribute more than an hour to a nine-inning game, making the two-and-a-half hour game of 1946 into the four-hour postseason game of today.

But somebody has to pay the freight for staging the games and broadcasting them: the networks, the sponsors, the fans. Could you lop 30 seconds off the breaks by allowing some commercials to run in split screen during an inning? That innovation could be one that fans will hate … or come to abide.

Ball player Pete O’Brien said: “Somehow or other, they don’t play ball nowadays as they used to some eight or ten years ago. I don’t mean to say they don’t play it as well. . . . But I mean that they don’t play with the same kind of feelings or for the same objects they used to. . . . It appears to me that ball matches have come to be controlled by different parties and for different purposes than those that prevailed in 1858 or 1859.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 20, 2018 at 06:05 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: history, pace of play

Friday, November 09, 2018

MLB faces offseason challenges

(Reuters) - Major League Baseball heads into the offseason with no shortage of issues to address, most pressingly the drop in stadium attendance and TV ratings, a trend toward longer games and a dearth of star power in its ranks.

Easy answers, however, may prove hard to come by.

Average attendance for regular season games in 2018 fell four percent from the previous year to 28,830 per game, according to MLB, while the total number of fans who showed up at the ballpark fell below 70 million for the first time since 2003.

*checks outside, to see if the sky is, indeed, falling*

QLE Posted: November 09, 2018 at 07:55 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: attendance, doom and gloom, pace of play, ratings, stars

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Varriano: Solving Major League Baseball’s Young Person Problem

put a microphone in the ear or a buzzer in the pocket of home plate umpires that indicates when a pitch is thrown in the electronic strike zone, and the technology is close to doing so accurately. That way hitters come to the plate every game knowing exactly what a strike is and is not, so they swing at more strikes instead of chasing balls incorrectly called strikes, which will result in more contact, better contact and fewer strikeouts despite defensive shifts.

DanG Posted: September 11, 2018 at 08:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: pace of play, strike zone

 

 

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