Baseball has been Striking when it comes to acquiring new fans and exciting existing ones like other sports – and video game tournaments as well – has successfully garnered attention.
The big villain, as discussed in this part of What’s Ahead, has been the increasingly infinite length of the games. A two-hour game, max, was once the norm. Then, with endless timeouts and pitching changes, four hours became more and more common.
Some changes have been made to speed things up, but not with great success.
The big thing would be to ban a batter from leaving the box unless it was hit or polished back by a pitch. Many years ago it was the norm. Today, hitters seem to take a time-out after each pitch.
Similarly, throws should not take longer than a few seconds to split the ball to the batter. It is a 12 second rule that is never enforced. Change it to 8 seconds and give judges a pitch.
If a butter pulls out for no real reason, he should be punished with a strike. If a pitcher dawls on the mound, he should be called with a ball.
Players will not like this, but they should be reminded that fans are their golden goose, and it would be completely short-sighted to kill them with boredom.