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You know, we're kind of running behind one content thio talk about nowadays and I think we have a long road ahead of us.
So I figured, adding some content in here that was a little bit of a debate topic would be fun and a little interactive here.
So I thought we should really diggin Thio some improvements that Major League baseball can make.
You know, the the younger audience is, you know, going down and down and down almost every year.
The numbers are suffering and they're several reasons why.
And I mean, if we really wanted to we could start this discussion and go on for hours upon hours because it's just a ah, very interesting.
And, uh, there's no riel method to the madness here, But that being said, I do have a few ideas and I and hoping some of you guys will agree with me.
And I'm hoping some of you guys might, uh, post some of your comments in the chat.
You know, I am going to continue the Siri's tomorrow to round out the last day of the month.
And so, uh, it will be a two part series here.
I'm trying to kind of gather my thoughts on how I want to start this, but I think I can probably do so by addressing, um, Nick's idea.
Yeah, some people say the game is too long.
I personally don't think the game itself is too long, but I think the season is too long, and that is where I think I should start tonight.
So 162 games is just too long.
It as much as I love baseball, you know, it's just so hard to stay engaged for that long of a period, no matter what it is.
If if the NFL season was that long, I think people would start to lose interest and you know the games themselves.
If you do the math, the games themselves aren't much longer than a football now.
The downside is that they do have a little bit more leisure time and not as much action going on at all times.
But I think what would really help intensify things and really make every game important and make sure you know there's too much, You know, Guy jogs the first base.
If he hits a ground ball, he doesn't really run it out.
He kind of you know that There's just too much lackadaisical type of activity that goes on in baseball and there's too much, you know, downtime in between innings toe, where I think that's what you know, how people have the perception that the games last too long.
I personally don't think that the games last too long at all if you just compare them to the numbers.
But the season is too long and that the problem is baseball is such a yeah historians game toe where they don't want to get rid of you know, it's so stat based and historic base that, you know these records will never be matched if we shortened seasons, and then you have to try to compare Hall of Fame resumes and everything else.
So it's just I don't really have a number in mind.
If I had just a rough estimate, I would say 100 games, you know, make the season 100 games.
It's still shortens the season by probably, you know, shortening by 60 some games.
You know, you're still you're still looking at, you know, I don't know.
A month and 1/2 you're cutting out of the season, and I think it's a good, happy medium.
It appeases the old school baseball fans that have grown accustomed to the 162 game long stretch.
Those that might not be super diehard football fans or other sports that they can rely on.
You know they do.
You know, I think maybe the 100 games would be a happy medium, so that would be my first suggestion on how to improve Major League baseball.
Is the short in the season just a bit? My second suggestion is maybe one of the most important, and that is really bang the drum of marketability towards thes players.
I would love to no, in the chat room if anybody else can think of one.
Can you? Off the top of your head? Think of the last commercial you saw a major league baseball player.
Can you think, Ah, you know what household names there are in baseball? The best players in baseball.
Hardly anybody recognizes them.
They could go to the grocery store and probably, you know, you know, blend in with everybody else.
No one really would have.
You know, they're not recognizable football players have, you know, tons of pads, helmets on their faces and everything else.
And yet we still know what their face looks like.
And, yeah, you're right, Monique, you know, for our US baseball fans of Laddie and in Toronto, you know, the hometown guy.
Of course, the hometown guys, they're going to get recognized.
But do you think Mike Trout, the best player in baseball, would get recognized in I don't know.
Ah, let's just name a city Nashville.
If he was strolling around in National, Do you think anybody would recognize him? Nashville doesn't have a baseball team.
I I don't think I don't think he gets recognized by very many people.
And I think that's the problem with baseball.
And I'm feel like I'm going to get into a tangent here.
So I want to try toe have got, you know, gathered organized thoughts here.
I don't want to go off in *******, you know, into the abyss.
But, uh, you know, they just I need to find a way to market their players more.
Mike Trout did a subway commercial and Katherine tors Yeah.
Uh, yeah. And you're right. Absolutely.
Alex Bauer made a great point about how MLB does not allow fans or Web pages to freely use their content like other leagues.
D'oh! Yeah, I mean, there's just so much that goes into it, and here's maybe I could make this a separate point, but I'm going to include this in my marketability point.
If you guys have tuned into the spring training games before this, you know, apocalypse that we're living in happened.
They started to mike up.
These players and I love that idea.
Give these players the opportunity to show how human they are, how relatable they are how funny they can be.
You know, baseball is a fun game, and they, you know, there's so much downtime in leisure time like we discussed.
You know, I can understand that you might not want to Mike up.
Ah, hitter or a picture that needs to be dialed in and focused at all times in spring training has taken a little lightly, so those players aren't as locked in as they would be in a regular season and especially a shortened regular season like we're suggesting that would make the Games even more intense.
So I think you could maybe you'd have to stray away from the hitter pitcher match up.
But you could mike up the guys that are fielding I mean, heck, there's so much downtime in between pitches even, you know, the people complain about, ah, shot clock.
You know, the old school fans complained about a shot clock, and the pitchers complain about a shot clock when that was began to be implemented because it was, you know, like 30 seconds in between each pitch.
30 seconds is a lot of time that you could be interviewing these players and getting their feedback and maybe getting there, Uh, you know, understanding some of the rituals and some of the things that go on behind the scenes in baseball.
The other people that aren't diehards wouldn't understand.
You know, I think those miked up moments would be extremely interesting for the casual fan's.
They would bring in more casual fans.
They also would be able to, uh, almost snip those a little clips into short moments and post them on the social media.
You know, that's what baseball needs there, so many moments in baseball that could be clipped in a short manner and be posted on social media that they are not taking advantage of major league baseball.
You know, football.
You see all these huge plays, these great catches, these players breaking off these great runs that become viral and all these moments big moments in the NFL that become viral.
But you don't see it as much in baseball, and I think these little clips off these players being miked up would be great.
I mean, even just seeing somebody's natural reaction as an opponent like that first baseman, you know, Let's let's just say somebody crushes a homerun like 500 feet and you could just imagine if their interview in the first baseman, you know, they're gonna make some smart aleck comments or something that's gonna probably be pretty funny.
And then you also have the added element of you could be interviewing players in the dugout that aren't due up for, you know, eight or nine hitters.
And you could be interviewing somebody during it, backed every single time.
And you're right, Alex.
I mean, uh, NFL miked up is great, too.
They compiled those miked up sessions into these YouTube clips, and then they posted on social media and people love him.
And I think that you could do the same thing with Major League Baseball.
And there's like I said, There's so many cool moments in baseball that gets missed like the's huge home runs or these highlight reel plays.
I love the sea players reactions to some of those plays in live time while they're going on.
So I just think from, you know, a TV, uh, you know, national product standpoint.
You could get these guys on television Maur and several other things that they could be doing the market, these players more and I think that is what the N B A and the NFL specifically do.
The best is they are masters at marketing their players and making them household names and bringing that excitability and relatability into the national audience that baseball really does miss out on because it's such a regional sport.
And if they were able to capture, you know, just broadened the horizons just a little bit to make it a little bit more of a national sport.
I think it could help a ton, so I spent quite a bit of time on point number two.
But I think it is important.
And that's one of the more important aspects to improve major league baseball.
Let's see what else we have.
We have shortened the season one miked up marketability to three.
Oh, okay, Yeah, something else I would like to dio This is a big problem.
Eliminate the service time for these minor league players.
This is ridiculous.
These players that are major league ready, which are becoming more major league ready, younger and younger.
As you know, technology evolves in baseball and several other evolution's to the game.
You know, all these ****ytical and technology advances in the game that they've brought in.
Aren't you know, are allowing these coaches to prepare these young players for the major leagues sooner and sooner? It seems like almost every year we get younger and younger guys in a larger number of them that are major league ready very quickly.
And this service time manipulation stuff that these teams screw with is just ridiculous.
And for those of you that do not follow baseball all that closely, these teams can keep the minor leaguers down in the minors for a few weeks and gain Maur years on their rookie contract.
And the reason that's important, obviously, is because these rookie contracts are substantially less than what they're gonna make on the free agent market once they hit the free agent market several years.
So if you send these guys down, the miners don't allow them to come up to the majors, keep them down for the allotted service time that they need to meet the requirements, then they don't have to, uh, they don't have to bring him up, and they will earn extra years on those rookie contracts and honestly, especially for the teams that aren't the Yankees.
You know, Boston, these big market teams that can afford to outbid everybody on these free agent players.
You know, these small market teams are almost forced to do those things to kind of keep up with those teams that can outspend and, you know, outbid these other teams.
So I get it from a team perspective, and I would probably do it from an ownership perspective, too, if I was a small market team.
I mean, I don't blame them for pulling those tactics, but it's just ridiculous how that's even in the cards and even allowed to happen because they should be bringing these guys up, you know, bring in that younger audience.
If if they're bringing up younger guys that are like 1920 years old, you don't think that that's going to appeal the college age kids, high school kids, middle school elementary kids, kids that are younger, like to see younger guys make it to the major leagues.
It's, you know, it's just a way to bring up these younger guys and increase the audience of the younger ages.
So I hate the service time manipulation.
It's just a terrible rule, and they should do away with it, so I think that's another improvement that Major League baseball can make.
That's number three.
Let's move on to number four.
And this is also one of the more important things.
We talked about the regional as opposed to the national scope that Major League Baseball has.
I need to take a deep breath in orderto not have a meltdown here and have a huge rant.
These blackout restrictions for the local market teams in the television deals are mind boggling.
For instance, in the NFL, they have, you know, the NFL, Sunday, Sunday ticket and NFL Red Zone and all of these, you know, subscriptions.
I think it's called league past or something.
I'm not as familiar with the MBA one, but I'm pretty sure it's called Lead Pass or something to that effect.
And you know, baseball has something called Major League Baseball at back, and it's over $100 a year to tune in.
Basically, what it is is for those people that don't have cable.
Or maybe those Yankees fans that aren't located in New York or around New York.
Well, maybe not apply so much, too.
Yes, network because that's a little more nationally known.
Let's give an example like I'm a Reds fan.
So if I was a red sand and I, you know, had to move jobs for my career, something I had to move down to Atlanta.
Let's say I had to move down to the Atlanta area, and the only games on local television that I could watch are the Braves games, and I want to watch the Reds games.
Well, really, unless you're illegally streaming, which you know it's pretty easy.
Let's be honest, but if you are in ethical and wall abiding citizen and are, you know, straight edge and you want to do everything the right way and you decide you want to purchase the MLB at BAP, that is a way that you would be able to tune into those games.
Well, if I, as a fantasy avid fantasy baseball player, just wanted to purchase the app so I could build watch all my favorite players on my team from several different teams that I wouldn't have access to by just having basic cable, my local, you know, networks if I purchased that at bat up and I went on to the Reds broadcast, for instance.
I've tried to do this at work.
Like if they have a day game.
I've tried on my lunch break to just flip it to the MLB at bat nap during the day so I could watch my team play.
Guess what can't do.
I don't have any other words to describe it, but since I'm too close to the area, they black out that game.
Fans in Los Angeles can't even watch the Dodgers games on their local networks because the Dodgers television games are blacked out.
For the local networks, that is absurd.
You don't have that with any other major major sport in America in, you know, international sports, no other international sports or big time sports, you know, domestically have those issues.
If I want to watch the NFL game, I can pretty much watch any game I want to.
If I have red zone or a league pass or whatever, you wanna call it Sunday ticket.
I think you know same thing with MBA these game and then and then not take into not even taken to the you know take into account that you would be spending the extra money to get this app tow, watch the games just being, you know, having local television and like having spectrum or, you know, any other local television brand you wouldn't be able to tune into your home favorite team baseball games.
You wouldn't wanna watch Dodger games if you live in the L A area, that's crazy.
So that is another way that Major League baseball can make.
These improvements are the, you know, make making it available to all consumers.
The fact that they're not all consumers can tune into any baseball game that they want to because of these TV deals and because of the blackout restrictions is crazy.
So that is my number four, even though that's towards the top of the list on what you know Major League baseball could do to improve the product and to improve, you know, ratings.
And, you know, younger fans interested all the above could be done.
I think I'm going to end with one more here for the time being, and that is two.
And this is a little fun exercise.
This is going to really, uh I'm gonna be kind of split down the middle. I think on this one.
This is This is you're either in one camper, you're in the other.
You're gonna hate this idea.
You're gonna love it.
But that being said the last idea I have for tonight Scream is adding the D.
H for both leagues.
And I think this will probably happen within the next 2 to 3 years, probably even sooner than three years.
I'd say even within the next year to this is already been floated out as an idea.
And I like the idea.
And I'll tell you why.
I like the idea.
Casual fans aren't gonna aren't going to be as interested in games that are, you know, three nothing games where you know it's a pitcher's duel.
And you know something that would really excite the baseball fan, but maybe not excite the casual fan.
They, you know, as as the saying goes, You know, chicks dig the long ball.
So I think adding in the D.
H in both leagues would just make things so much more interesting.
You could probably expand the roster size of these teams to allow for more hitters.
Two Nobody likes seeing pictures. Bunt.
Let's be honest.
Pictures can't hit and its advantage pitcher pitching to the pitching hitter almost every time.
Now, there are some pretty good hitting pitchers in the game, like Otani like Monique mentioned in the chat.
Like Clayton, Kershaw is a pretty big, pretty good hitter.
So is Madison Bumgarner.
He actually plays the field and pitches in the bullpen sometimes.
So there are some pictures that are good hitters, but almost, you know, I'd say, Well, first of all, if anybody's on base, it's like nine out of 10 times.
They're buying to get a guy over and play small ball and everything else, which there are fundamentals to the game, and you don't want to take the aspect out completely.
But let's be honest.
The statistics don't back up the old way of thinking.
Bunning, a guy over to second base, isn't playing the percentages.
The way that we used to think of it, you don't have that much of an advantage from a guy being, you know, no outs with a guy on first or one out with a guy on second base.
You it doesn't increase your odds that much of scoring during that inning.
So I think, adding in a D H to the NL to match the ale.
First of all, no other league also has a rule like this.
What if in the Eastern Conference in the n b A.
There was such thing as called a four point shot, but there wasn't in the Western Conference.
So when the Western Conference team went over to the Eastern Conference Teams Home Court, they would be allowed to shoot four pointers, but they wouldn't be able to on their own home court.
Does that make any sense to anybody? What league has different rules for the different conferences? None.
So I just think it would be.
First of all, it's fair for every team.
It's the same rules for every single team, every single player you add in the element of additional scoring, making gains more exciting.
You add in the additional challenge for pictures to get another hitter out.
First of all, the pictures in the N l have a distinct advantage over the ale pictures because it's just easier to pitch to eight decent hitters as opposed to having to face a full lineup of nine guys each time.
So all in all, it just doesn't really make sense other than it's the old school way.
And it's, you know, it's a small ball and taking out an element of the game.
I just think there's too much traditionalism and historic structure to baseball that isn't involved in other sports, and I think that's what makes Major League Baseball not as marketable to the national audience as the other sports are.
So all in all, I've listed five things today, and I've almost probably forgotten them because I'm like I said, I'm going to have to part.
This is gonna be a two part series.
I'm gonna finish this debate tomorrow night Probably give you just a few more ideas as to how Major league Baseball could improve the product and get younger audiences involved.
They were shortened the season for 162 games too long.
Market the players more involved, you know, miked up sessions involve interview, you know, in game interviews as opposed to post game interviews with these players, you know, make it more interesting for the audience and the casual audience to tune in and stay.
Interested it for the entire game instead of, you know, just tuning in for a short period and tuning out.
Eliminate service time for minor leaguers.
Get rid of that rule.
It's a dumb rule.
Doesn't need to be involved.
It's not fair to the minor leaguers that aren't making that much money.
And it's not fair to the fans that suffer, as you know, just the product as a whole.
If the guy's ready to come up to the major leagues, let him let him come up.
Blackout restrictions for the local markets for non local markets.
There shouldn't be any blackout games.
Anybody that wants to watch watch any game should have the A bill availability to do so specifically.
If you're in the local area and your and your team's games are not allowed to be broadcast on television, that doesn't make any sense.
No other sports are like that, and you're losing your audience members.
If you're not allowing them to tune into the games, it just doesn't make any sense for ratings.
And then the last one we discussed was adding a D.
H to the National League because now they just have it in the American League and you know to even things out, make it more fun, making more exciting, make it more offensive eccentric, you know, expand the rosters, give more players opportunities to, you know, make money and be showcased major league talent.
All in all, those were the ideas that we came up so far on what improvements Major League baseball can make.
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