This is my new baseball field – no queues
Major League Baseball whistled past its own graveyard this spring, almost turning a lockout into an extended work stoppage as billionaire owners battled millionaire players over rule tweaks, modest tweaks and, ultimately, pocket change. And when the dust finally settled, hardly any changes were made to make the product look or feel significantly different in the field. Of course, with a new universal designated hitter, no pitcher will ever hit again, but pitchers were hitting less than ever anyway, since starters rarely last six innings and no relief pitcher has hit more than 10 times in one. season since the Ford administration.
Meanwhile, the powers that be continue to treat fans as an afterthought, belittling the regular season and making the playoffs impossible for kids to watch with more games starting later than ever and/or hidden away on streaming services. They nibble at the edges in an attempt to show how serious they are about making games shorter, never addressing the fact that it’s not the length of the game that’s frustrating for fans, but the way the game is play.