Results matching “baseball dying”
Aug 13, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT
Usually those who say that baseball is dying conveniently forget that, in 1994, it actually was in trouble. So this is all very interesting.
Jul 16, 2014, 11:33 AM EDT
This is so sad. It looked so healthy, too.
Jul 3, 2014, 4:00 PM EDT
You’re not fooling anyone you know, now get in the cart.
Jun 30, 2014, 1:30 PM EDT
Major League Baseball: 1876-2014. Died after a long illness, contracted in around 1877 or so.
Jun 24, 2014, 8:23 AM EDT
It’s awesome that USA-Portugal kicked butt in the ratings. It’s lame if people think that represents anything meaningful about baseball or other sports.
Mar 12, 2014, 12:06 PM EDT
A story about Twitter engagement with televised sports shows that (a) half of all Twitter comments about TV shows are sports-related; but (b) baseball lags the other sports: One league that should be somewhat concerned, however, is Major League Baseball. In addition to the fourth-worst television ratings in history, the 2013 World Series failed to…
Oct 7, 2013, 9:45 AM EDT
Every fall, like clockwork. These are becoming more ubiquitous than BSOHL stories during spring training: And of course totally vapid and ill-informed about the economics and nature of baseball. But what else is new? These clowns are doing nothing but channeling ancient nostalgia imported from a time when baseball was the only major sport and…
Sep 30, 2013, 9:40 AM EDT
You may think you’re enjoying tonight’s game-163 between the Rays and Rangers. And it may seem exciting and everyone you know may be talking about it and the playoffs. But you’re just deluding yourself, everyone. Because the New York Times tells us that, once again, baseball is dying: … baseball seems simply to have fallen out…
Nov 19, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT
We talk an awful lot around here about how silly the whole “baseball is dying” argument is, how those who make it are totally ignorant of the economics of the game, the nature of baseball fandom and the like. Today Grant Brisbee has a great post up explaining that in greater detail: But as a…
Oct 31, 2012, 1:59 PM EDT
Saying that the NFL is more popular than baseball is both (a) true; and (b) old hat. It has become such an obvious thing that I didn’t even blink when I heard Frank DeFord say it for the ten millionth time just this morning, and most of what Frank DeFord says drives me kinda bonkers. But how…
Apr 27, 2012, 8:20 AM EDT
Another one of these? Sheesh: “The National Game has begun to topple from its ancient pedestal, as the one-time fervid fans turn to new sports…” As you know, I really get sick of this kind of thing. The people who write them have no basic understan– wait, what? The article was written in 1929? Oh,…
Sep 9, 2011, 9:20 AM EDT
The first professional baseball team was established in 1869. Two weeks later someone probably wrote a column about how baseball was dying, on its way out and utterly utterly doomed. From then until the present day, scribes have proclaimed baseball to be a dead sport walking. Here’s the latest, from the pages of the Kansas…
Jul 17, 2014, 3:03 PM EDT
There is some lower-level Baseball Is Dyingism in a recent column by Dan Bickley. It’s similar to a lot of Baseball Is Dyingism.
May 9, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT
You’ll be shocked to learn that white players are more frequently described as “workers” and black players are more frequently described as “gifted.”
Apr 25, 2014, 10:30 AM EDT
Or: Baseball is not dying, you guys.
Mar 31, 2014, 4:00 PM EDT
Yesterday was an important day. It was the fifth anniversary of Bud Selig convening a committee to investigate the Oakland Athletics potential move to San Jose. Not that we shoulda expected anything by now. Anyone who has followed baseball’s business matters for any length of time can tell you that Bud Selig forms committees for one purpose…
Jan 29, 2014, 9:32 AM EDT
Tom Verducci has a very long but very well thought-out analysis of the State of Baseball as we enter the 2014 season. In a lot of ways it’s the intelligent person’s take on the “Is Baseball Dying?” thing. Being a creature of baseball he understands the current strengths and weaknesses of the game from a…
Jan 2, 2014, 3:32 PM EDT
As baseball news is at its offseason nadir, it’s time to take note of something everyone is noticing but no one is willing to discuss openly: professional football, which used to be America’s most popular sport, no longer has a hold on the nation’s consciousness. Over the years, you have heard myriad explanations for football’s declining…
Oct 28, 2013, 9:28 AM EDT
ST. LOUIS — I write often about how the “Baseball is dying” people and the folks who wring their hands over playoff and World Series television ratings are either overstating their concern, are misapprehending history or are flat-out wrong. It appears, however, that those people and those folks will continue to march on with that…
Oct 16, 2013, 8:13 AM EDT
One of these takes on Yasiel Puig is from a legitimately outraged columnist. The other is a parody of an outraged columnist. Don’t hover over or click the links until you’ve guessed which is which. First one: Call me old-school and old-fashioned. Call me too conservative. Tell me to “get with the times.” Whatever. The…
Oct 1, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT
Sorry, been reading more of those “baseball is dying” columns, and they just force you to think that way. If you’re a glass-is-half-full guy, however, it was a pretty good year attendance wise for baseball: Major League Baseball finished the 2013 regular season with an attendance of 74,026,895, the sixth highest total of all-time, it…
Aug 5, 2013, 9:18 PM EDT
Like it or not, MLB is making an example of Alex Rodriguez.
Jun 17, 2013, 9:13 AM EDT
Still gobsmacked that a major league team is playing in a joint like the Oakland Coliseum, where the raw sewage flows more freely than the Bud Light. So too is A’s owner Lew Wolff, who tells Eric Fisher of SBJ that he is embarrassed by the mess but that it’s out of his control: Lew…
May 4, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT
I know this will all be ignored the next time a national game of the week gets lower ratings than a broadcast of Aaron Rodgers riding his bicycle or something, but it is probably worth noting that broadcast ratings for baseball are up this year. At least the local ones which, as I’ve argued at length…
Apr 17, 2012, 5:31 PM EDT
Usually we have to wait until playoff season for people who don’t know a lot about baseball to write columns in which the declare it dead or dying and then vainly attempt to explain why. But today we’re lucky! We have one from Andy Benoit, the NFL blogger from the New York Times! The rating…
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