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Analytics and the decline of Baseball's popularity?

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by qtlaw, Mar 12, 2019.

  1. qtlaw

    qtlaw Well-Known Member

    Was thinking back to Tom Seaver in light of the latest news and brought me back to the 70's when there were stud aces on the mound, Seaver v. Carlton/Perry/Sutton, Palmer v. Blue/Hunter/Guidry.

    A common thought nowadays is that starters and more particularly Aces are not as valued as before. As I see, starters are getting minimized each passing year and more and more relievers are being utilized.

    Has the decline of the pitching ace contributed to the decline in baseball's popularity? The loss of marquee pitching matchups more particularly?
  2. Regan MacNeil

    Regan MacNeil Well-Known Member

    I don't think baseball's popularity is decreasing due to the dearth of 1-0, 2-1 games.
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  3. BTExpress

    BTExpress Well-Known Member

    The ace is important. We have to protect the ace . . . by not letting the ace pitch.
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2019
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  4. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    Fewer aces means fewer stars and modern sports is star-driven, so baseball suffers quite a lot there.
  5. qtlaw

    qtlaw Well-Known Member

    I think that was a big driver; Gooden v. Maddux or Pedro v. Clemens was compelling or Lincecum v. Kershaw. Nowadays, Romo (as opener) v. Mengden? I don't care about the hitters, that just doesn't sell to me.
  6. Guy_Incognito

    Guy_Incognito Well-Known Member

    Check the opening day matchups, I think you'll find plenty to care about.
  7. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    I still think the decline of baseball's popularity can be directly traced to having hundreds of channels on your TV and smartphones in your pocket. Folks like me who watched baseball (Cubs on WGN, Braves on WTBS) back when we got 20 channels because it was the only option besides Springer, Oprah and Bonanza reruns have more options now.
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  8. Alma

    Alma Well-Known Member

    The ball isn't play enough. That's the biggest issue. Too many strikeouts and walks. Too many pitching changes.

    They don't score often in soccer but the ball is forever in play. So little things are happening all the time.
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  9. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    I agree with Alma. Watching what is often a game of catch is not engrossing.
  10. CD Boogie

    CD Boogie Well-Known Member

    plus porn
  11. RickStain

    RickStain Well-Known Member

    By raw numbers, baseball is more popular than ever.

    The only way it’s “declining popularity” is if you measure it today as one of 3000 entertainment options versus 50 years ago when it was that or cow squares all summer.
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  12. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    I pity kids today, never knowing what it was like to have to nervously buy a Playboy at a convenience store while they hoped not to get carded.
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