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Sunday, April 26, 2020

Moment of Truth: Why We Need Baseball in 2020

The spread of the novel coronavirus has altered our way of life in a plethora of ways. People are sick. People are dying. There are more important things to worry about than baseball right now. That should go without saying, but I’m going to say it anyway.

So why push for the return of baseball or sports in general? Why try to rush back when it could backfire in a number of ways? Not only would it be a public relations nightmare, but it could put the health and safety of the players, coaches, executives, and media at risk.

To set the record straight, no sport will return before public health experts deem it safe for the aforementioned parties. Yes, there will probably be drastic measures taken, like potentially having players sit apart in the stands instead of congregating in close quarters in their team’s respective dugouts, along with a number of other over-the-top safety precautions. Once government officials give the “all clear” for any kind of return, even for games without fans, professional sports leagues will do it – and they should.

Yes, having sports back gives us something to root for. That narrative has been expressed by a myriad of sports writers, players, and even team executives/owners. There are people that don’t agree, but a significant amount of the population would rather have some semblance of sports than no sports at all.

A few words about what this all means, in terms both economic and otherwise.

 

QLE Posted: April 26, 2020 at 12:34 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: coronavirus, national pastime

Tuesday, April 07, 2020

One reason why a quarantined baseball season could be a big win for MLB

Jumping to the most relevant points in the argument:

There’s another potential win here, and it could be huge for baseball: For a sport that’s been slowly losing its grip on a once-loyal audience, a captive and hungry group of sports fans could be what baseball needs to become America’s Pastime again.

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From here on in this hypothetical, let’s just assume that everything in America is going well enough that playing baseball doesn’t pose a large public health risk. In that case, baseball has a chance to reclaim some of the glory it has lost to football, basketball and other sports. At least until fans start flooding back into stadiums and the NFL is king again.

Imagine a sports world where baseball is the only thing happening. All those fans who just tune in for Game 7s or high-leverage October tilts, you know they’d be watching. All those people who don’t even identify as baseball fans, but who are thirsty for live sports? They’d be watching.

All those people who turned to marble racing, video-game simulations or Rex Chapman’s Twitter feed to get their fix? They’d quickly learn how to pronounce Ronald Acuña Jr. They’d fall in love with Juan Soto’s batter’s box shuffle. They’d realize just how good Mike Trout is and how tough it is to hit Gerrit Cole. And they’d probably boo the Astros from the comfort of their own home.

So, what do you make of this argument?

 

QLE Posted: April 07, 2020 at 12:45 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: national pastime

 

 

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