I love everything about baseball. I love the slow pace. I love how free flowing it is. There’s a lot of different ways the players can change the game. I also love how each league is different. In general, I just love the game. And that’s why I don’t think Major League Baseball should change anything about the game. I think that by changing all of these things about the game, they will be hurting the audience that likes watching the game the most.
One of the things MLB is worried about is decreasing viewership and the lack of people going to games. They think that by speeding up the game more people will end up watching it. But I don’t think that will happen. It’s not like a 20-second pitch clock is what that people have been waiting for. Oh, there’s a pitch clock now, I guess we better start going to games. No, that’s not going to be going through anyone’s head. If people weren’t interested in baseball before that, this won’t change anything. It will just be alienating those who love the game the most. Yes, a shorter game might help attendance by a little bit, but it isn’t like it’s going to drastically change it like the MLB wants it to.
Another aspect of the game the MLB wants to change is offense; the lack of action might be a better way to say that. Similar to above, MLB thinks that the reason people love the game is because of the 10-9 games; the home run fests, basically. However, they fail to see the other side of it. This is why we see some of the rumors about the National League possibly adopting the designated hitter like the American League. They want there to be no easy outs and I can understand why, but as a fan of a team in the NL, I am a fan of the Cincinnati Reds, and I want it to stay the same. I like how each league feels different. The NL is full of tradition and the AL feels like it is the new league, and I’m okay with that.
Overall, I’m okay with the game feeling like a relic of the past in terms of the way the game is played. I guess you could call me a baseball purist, because I’m of the opinion that nothing should change. Personally, I think that baseball is perfect the way it is and by changing anything else, viewership will only get worse, not better. Nobody is going to start tuning in to Orioles vs. Marlins just because the pitcher has to bat or because the game is now only two and a half hours. No, what is going to change is that those who would have watched it originally aren’t going to watch. I’ll usually have a game on whenever I’m home, just to have something on, and I’m sure there’s plenty of people who do the same. But, if it’s not the game the diehard fan loves anymore, why continue to watch? It’s not our game anymore; it’ll only be a game that is trying for those who don’t want to watch it. And that’s unfortunate.