Betting on the All-Star game seems like the kind of thing that might finally convince someone they have a serious gambling problem, so I’ll pass this along purely from a “this is sort of interesting” standpoint: Tonight the American League are -140 favorites over the National League.
For the non-degenerates in the crowd, that means to win $100 betting on the American League to win you’d have to risk $140. For that to be profitable the AL would have win about 60 percent of the time (they’re the “home” team and home teams during the regular season have won 52 percent of the time).
On one hand the National League has actually won back-to-back All-Star games. On the other hand the American League has won interleague play every season since 2004. And on a third hand … don’t bet on the All-Star game.
Minor League Baseball announced on Wednesday that, for the 14th consecutive season, the league has eclipsed 40 million in total attendance. 20 teams set single-game attendance records and seven teams set franchise records for single-game attendance in their current parks.
ESPN’s Keith Law, who has been covering the minor leagues for quite a while, did the math:
Minor League Baseball president and CEO Pat O’Conner, whose most prominent stint in the public eye involved him disingenuously justifying the underpaying of his players, said, “Minor League Baseball continues to be the best entertainment value in sports, and these numbers support that. For us to top 40 million fans for the 14th consecutive season despite the weather challenges our teams faced in April and May is a testament to the continued support of our loyal fan bases and the creative promotions and hard work done by all of our teams across the country.”
Major and Minor League Baseball are quite happy to make money hand over fist on the backs of their players, but are too cheap to pay them adequately for their labor.