Many people believe that defensive shifts are a key reason why games are less exciting. MLB is finally doing something about this. From 2023, they’ll crack down on defensive shifts because they want to make the game more entertaining.
This isn’t before time because the analytics era has threatened to turn fans away. It’s incredibly boring for T.V. viewers to watch because a base hit becomes a routine ground out. Baseball is a giant mess but finally, they’re doing something about this.
The simple fact of the matter is that MLB franchise owners don’t care about baseball. They just want to maximize their profits and that makes baseball one of the least inspiring sports to watch. It’s a giant mess but one that they have made for themselves.
Meanwhile, there’s no sign that they want to change anything. Not when the commissioner is their stooge and the players can’t do much about it. However, it’s a short-term vision because the ratings and revenues will continue to fall. But they’ll be dead by then and won’t care (via L.A. Times).
Manfred is one of the worst commissioners in the history of sports. His weakness is the primary reason why baseball is in a giant mess. There is no hope of anything improving soon until he leaves the sport behind; assuming that the MLB survives him.
This is a man who once referred to the World Series as a piece of metal. He spits in the faces of baseball fans over and over again. Manfred couldn’t motivate a dog to take a dump in a park never mind run MLB properly. Hopefully one day he’ll read the room and walk away (via ESPN).