11. Fan Dropoff
This loss of trust and Manfred’s general talent at making a mess of everything has resulted in many casual fans dropping off. Sure, you still have the diehards, but there’s little doubt the MLB is in a bit of a pickle. Can you believe that hockey – the worst-run major sport in the US – looks like they’ll be back before baseball?
In short, he has made MLB the laughingstock of American sports. About 68.5 million fans attended major league games during the 2019 regular season, down from a peak of nearly 80 million in 2007. The problem is that baseball has become regional under his reign and that’s why the World Series has suffered.