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How Can Manfred Give Us What We Want
RSS Comments (2) | Posted by Bill on August 14, 2014

Rob Manfred has been elected the 10th commissioner of baseball.  While there is labor piece, drug testing, revenue sharing, wild cards and interleague play; the one thing baseball hasn’t figured out is how to make the game more appealing to the younger viewer.

Mr. Manfred, have at it.

Attendance has started to lag and television ratings are down. The average age of last year’s World Series viewer was 51.  Why?

Maybe because like former NBA Commissioner, David Stern, Bud Seilg directed MLB’s energy on forcing New York and Boston down everyone’s throat.  Baseball focused on Jeter and Big Papi and forgot about the Molina’s, the Lucroy’s and McCutchen’s of the world.  That’s one thought.  Maybe replay slowed the game down and traditionalists don’t care for the new, more accurate system.  There was something about the romance of the human element being involved.  Heck, maybe beers in the ball parks are just too expensive.

But, in my humble opinion, Selig did exactly what we wanted him to do, go after baseball’s PED offenders.  Crack down on these athletes who are of questionable moral character and make examples of all of them.

With that crack down came boring, small ball and pitchers duels.  And while we want to stand on our high ground and wag our holier than thou fingers at those cheaters there’s a part of us deep down inside that no one wants to admit to that craves the long ball, that salivates over another home run chase just to we can rip the next hero down from the mountain.  Why….because we love drama and, in today’s social media driven world, we don’t give a damn how we get it but we know we can’t get enough of it.  It’s why reality TV is king. 

We want staged reality with our reality or it’s not real enough for us.

2 Comments to How Can Manfred Give Us What We Want

  1. by Steve Streator On August 14, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    Bud Selig was a great commissioner! He cleaned up the game, made it more competitive buy adding the extra wild card, and instituted the World Baseball Classic. I like the replay. I would rather have THE RIGHT call over the error of the umpire. He does NOT focus on Big Papi, Jeter, and the large market teams, ESPN does that. Why are so many smaller market teams (like the Brewers) have a better chance every year? He was never afraid to enforce rules no matter how many people hated him for it. He will be missed. God Bless You Mr. Selig!

  2. by Alex On August 16, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    I think what we do with public punishments of PEDs makes the players seem like villains or bad people. And nobody wants to watch something with all these “sinners” in the game. So maybe the viewers the MLB is losing are the nobles who won’t watch because baseball isn’t clean. But you look at the NFL and the recent josh Gordon marijuana suspension and people justify it and don’t look down on these players like they do PEDs? And why wouldn’t viewing for football go down then? (I understand the NFL is the giant of sports and they are t going to lose viewers because of that) but maybe the mlb is viewed as corrupt or not clean because of the users. When we are totally oblivious to the sinners of the NFL because it’s Sunday tradition to watch football and people see it as more exciting?

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