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Sports Over Beers, ep 29: How can MLB be fixed before it's too late?

Sports Over Beers, ep 29: How can MLB be fixed before it's too late?

by Derek Wetmore and Phil Mackey
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The Sports Over Beers sits down on the couch at Cowboy Jacks downtown with a couple Shock Tops and stages an intervention for baseball.
The fundamental problems facing baseball in the next 10 years.

1) Young people don't care about it as much as they used to. It's hard work to be a baseball fan.

2) MLB is failing to properly market nationally.

Below are some ideas discussed on the podcast for how to improve the game that the hosts love and want to see survive and thrive:

1) Expansion, relegation/promotion MLB I and MLB II
a. Which cities would MLB need to add and why?

2) Increase scoring
a. Illegal defense-limit two players on each side of second base.
b. Adding DH to the National League
c. Electronic strike zone

3) Pace of the game
a. Pitch clock
b. Hitters can't leave the box
c. Open up other ways to move the game along

4) Marketing/accessibility
a. Spanish-speaking players are not as marketable to mainstream audiences
b. Stop blacking out in-market game on MLB.tv

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Listeners, do you have any suggestions to fix baseball? Feel free to share. We'll try to pass them along to Rob Manfred. 

Phil Mackey is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
Email Phil | @PhilMackey | Mackey & Judd
Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for 1500ESPN.com. His previous stops include MLB.com and the Minnesota Daily.
Email Derek | @DerekWetmore
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