Sports Over Beers, ep 29: How can MLB be fixed before it's too late?
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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
a. Spanish-speaking players are not as marketable to mainstream audiences
b. Stop blacking out in-market game on MLB.tv
Listeners, do you have any suggestions to fix baseball? Feel free to share. We'll try to pass them along to Rob Manfred.