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A modest proposal to save baseball - NY Daily News

This article won’t be a springboard into a career in comedy.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2018 at 07:11 PM | 18 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Zonk Didn't But He'd Do It Again Posted: October 11, 2018 at 07:22 PM (#5764876)
Those plastic display cases work fine for me, but if there's a better option?
   2. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: October 11, 2018 at 07:28 PM (#5764878)
I am dumber for having read the entirety of that insufferable bilge.
   3. PreservedFish Posted: October 11, 2018 at 07:34 PM (#5764882)
Hilarious!!
   4. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: October 11, 2018 at 07:43 PM (#5764887)
I am dumber for having read the entirety of that insufferable bilge.

I must be smarter than you, since I only could make it through the sixth paragraph.
   5. bachslunch Posted: October 11, 2018 at 07:48 PM (#5764889)
This is no threat to the crown of best “modest proposal” by Jonathan Swift, that’s for sure.

Like the tag assigned, too. Ugh indeed.
   6. KB JBAR (trhn) Posted: October 11, 2018 at 07:59 PM (#5764902)
A Modest Proposal for the Improvement of Writing Headlines
   7. Zonk Didn't But He'd Do It Again Posted: October 11, 2018 at 08:06 PM (#5764906)
Look, if you want to cut down on TTOs - then I would argue that baby heads ought to at least be on the menu of options.
   8. Chris Fluit Posted: October 11, 2018 at 08:13 PM (#5764911)
I hope "leave things well enough alone" is one of the options
   9. A Baseball Fan Posted: October 11, 2018 at 10:17 PM (#5764950)
It was like the Onion, except without the satire.
   10. Roger Cedeno's Spleen Posted: October 11, 2018 at 11:08 PM (#5764958)
Use Irish babies as bases?
   11. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: October 11, 2018 at 11:51 PM (#5764964)
Use Irish babies as bases?


Maybe the larger one. The early, premmy babies can be sold off as Jumbo Dogs. One of those suckers with some kraut and mustard would be awesome.
   12. Baldrick Posted: October 12, 2018 at 02:53 AM (#5764972)
The author is a law professor. Which...wow, okay.

Anyway my modest proposal to save baseball is that every spring we invite all the baseball players back for another season.
   13. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: October 12, 2018 at 08:48 AM (#5764991)
Apparently this guy wrote something that looks interesting, The Fall of the 1977 Phillies: How a Baseball Team’s Collapse Sank a City’s Spirit, which he describes as "a social history of 20th century Philadelphia as told through the relationship between the city and its baseball teams – the Athletics and the Phillies." Anyone read it?
   14. villageidiom Posted: October 12, 2018 at 08:56 AM (#5764996)
Anyway my modest proposal to save baseball is that every spring we invite all the baseball players back for another season.
This really needed a "dilly dilly" at the end of it.
   15. Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: October 12, 2018 at 09:04 AM (#5765000)
Do other sports get the volume of "this sport sucks" articles written about them that baseball does? Even in day to day life people feel like they have to explain they aren't baseball fans. I don't like football, I am capable of passing a group of people watching a football game and not explaining how stupid and boring I find it and how they could "fix" it (i.e. make it more interesting to me). I suspect it's just a perception thing on my part but I feel like other sports don't get this type of thing all that often.


Anyway my modest proposal to save baseball is that every spring we invite all the baseball players back for another season.


This could work. Can I suggest that we start the year with a series of exhibitions in warm climates to allow people in the northern climates to go on vacations to see their teams and enjoy the sun and sand after a long winter?
   16. John DiFool2 Posted: October 12, 2018 at 10:06 AM (#5765042)
I am dumber for having read the entirety of that insufferable bilge.


I thought one drank the bilge.
   17. RoyalFlush Posted: October 12, 2018 at 10:42 AM (#5765059)
Do other sports get the volume of "this sport sucks" articles written about them that baseball does?


Between catch rules, CTE, in-game concussions, QB safety rules and kneeling players - fooball seems to get its share. But, baseball's complaints seem uniquely focused on core aspects of the game that have always been there. Whereas "football sucks" articles seem more a function of changing society, technology or rules.

   18. villageidiom Posted: October 12, 2018 at 10:50 AM (#5765064)
Do other sports get the volume of "this sport sucks" articles written about them that baseball does? Even in day to day life people feel like they have to explain they aren't baseball fans. I don't like football, I am capable of passing a group of people watching a football game and not explaining how stupid and boring I find it and how they could "fix" it (i.e. make it more interesting to me). I suspect it's just a perception thing on my part but I feel like other sports don't get this type of thing all that often.

NFL gets this all the time, either about rules they should changes, or rules that they shouldn't have changed. The quarterback is too protected, what is a catch, they won't let them hit anyone, etc.

The other leagues are doing relatively well for their history and aren't "in need" of saving. I mean, neither is MLB, but the decline of viewership on one metric (in ignorance of increased viewership on other metrics) is the spark that lights the fire of hot takes.

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