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Because you need to read a short story about baseball in the year 2044

May 15, 2012, 2:30 PM EST

In the year 2000

What will baseball be like in the year 2044?  If you said “umpires will use jet-packs, there will be minor league teams in Siberia, third basemen will be left-handed, female spectators will wear witches hats, and ‘The Detroit Bengals’ will be the most powerful team in baseball,” then get out of Jim Moore’s head, because back in the 50s he wrote a short story in which all of those things went down.

Anyway, there’s a nice writeup of this odd, bad story over at The Baseball Continuum. Best part: the assessment of the plausibility of the story’s setting. The most fantastical: In the year 2044, fans will still get most of their sports news from newspapers. Ha!

Oh, I should also mention, the star player for the Bengals was a fifth year player named Rocket Rigsby. If Bryce Harper plays until he’s 46, he could one day teach the rookie Rigsby a little bit about how Old School Baseball was played!

  1. l0yalr0yal - May 15, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    I’ll believe the story in its entirety if Vin Mazzaro gives up any less than 14 runs over 3 innings this evening.

  2. Jonny 5 - May 15, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    http://www.comedycentral.com/video-clips/4uymvs/futurama-intro-to-blernsball

    • natstowngreg - May 15, 2012 at 5:12 PM

      + many many for Futurama reference.

  3. WhenMattStairsIsKing - May 15, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    Moore was going to cite that news will come from chips in our brains and iPad 35’s, but he didn’t want to look crazy.

  4. KR - May 15, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    Baseball in 2375: http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Take_Me_Out_to_the_Holosuite_%28episode%29

  5. natstowngreg - May 15, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    And this has what to do with Conan O’Brien?

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - May 15, 2012 at 5:26 PM

      It’s a play off of Conan’s old silly “In the Year 2000″ sketch:

  6. eagles512 - May 15, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    I bet Craig will still be forcing old school into every story in 2044.

  7. leftywildcat - May 15, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    2044: 4 Wild Card teams in each league, starting pitchers go every 7th day, and 2 leagues both have 3 divisions of 7 teams each to assure constant inter-league play. Instant replay has not been expanded, unskilled umpires go undisciplined, one league has the DH and the other doesn’t, and Bud is promising to retire soon.

    And back at HBT, the sabermetric debates go on and on.

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