I told you before that Rob Manfred would ruin the game of baseball.
It’s only a question of how quickly he can ruin it.
Let’s see how long it takes.
The latest effort by MLB is to test market home run derby as a means to end games more rapidly.
Rob and his buddies apparently don’t like extra innings.
Most likely they did a financial analysis and discovered that extra innings weren’t maximizing profits efficiently.
So, to increase market share, to make the game supposedly more interesting, and of course to make more money, they will test market home run derby in the minor leagues to see how well it works.
I can guarantee that they will conclude that it does work.
They’ve already made up their mind.
Too bad for us.
It’s too bad for us because short term gain and long-term loss are often too compatible.
Home run derby will do to baseball what three-pointers and dunks have done for basketball – make the game boring and less team-oriented.
In an attempt to make basketball more appealing, the NBA ruined the game.
When you’ve seen one dunk, you’ve seen them all.
When you’ve seen one three-pointer you’ve seen them all.
Rob Manfred will do the same for baseball.
This is what happens when you put a master of the universe in charge of baseball.
Rob Manfred is, of course, a Harvard graduate.
As such he has been indoctrinated by our idiotic superstar culture to believe that he is superior to the rest of us, and so he will now look to fulfill the prophecy that society has set for him.
Forget about keeping your hand on the rudder and running a steady ship; that’s for chumps and losers.
Say, why does baseball need to increase market share anyway? And if baseball’s market share, is falling, so what?
Maybe a better approach would be to downsize the salaries, downsize the number of teams, downsize the size of the new stadiums, keep the game the same, and wait patiently for the day when society readjusts itself back to the great game that baseball is.
Isn’t that what life is, a giant circadian rhythm? Don’t we sleep at night? Don’t we all need a little downtime?
Isn’t life a giant roller coaster with ups and downs?
Don’t valleys go with mountains?
When you try to change your game to fit the mass market, which is fickle and disloyal, you lose your loyal base. Then you lose it all.
Home run derby will contribute to the demise of Major League Baseball – when it arrives – and it most likely will.
Never underestimate the power of a Harvard graduate. They have the Harvard machine behind them. It’s very difficult to beat these people.
Rob Manfred is just an officer of that machine.
Just as Harvard has made a wreck of the United States in every area of endeavor you can possibly imagine, Harvard will ruin baseball.
There is no stopping it.
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