Voor wrote:I think it’s kind of a misconception that the games are “too long”. The reason is say that is because during the playoffs and World Series, people will stay up way late to watch an extra innings game, and it is indeed exciting.
I don't think it's a misconception so much as a cold hard fact.https://www.beyondtheboxscore.com/2015/ ... l-analysis
When I was a kid a typical game was 2 and a half hours, and something they were less than 2 hours because pitchers would actually attempt to pitch 9 innings instead of 5 "quality" innings.
Maybe, though when I look at the WS ratings, the biggest factor to me seems to be the teams that are playing. Baseball as a whole has declined sure, but folks still tune in WHEN A GAME MATTERS.
I never watch baseball, until the playoffs, and then I follow it very closely. I think a lot of fans are like that.
I’d say baseball needs to tap from other sports:
—fewer games, making each game have weight. College football has perfected this.
—let their stars be stars. NBA is great at this.
—enough with the gentleman unspoken rules. Flip that bat all over the place. Talk trash. Grab your crotch. With all the restraint, it’s so dumb that beaning a batter because he homered off you last year is somehow “OK”. Dumb.