Baseball has been dying since before it really even existed

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I led off my gigantic “Baseball is not dying” post last month with several quotes, going back over a century, in which people erroneously lamented the impending doom of baseball. But Bryan Curtis of Grantland spoke with the great John Thorn, who has chronicled this stuff for a living for a loooong time. And it turns out that a mere century is nothin’. Get this, from 1868:

Somehow or other, they don’t play ball nowadays as they used to some eight or ten years ago. I don’t mean to say they don’t play it as well. … But I mean that they don’t play with the same kind of feelings or for the same objects they used to. … It appears to me that ball matches have come to be controlled by different parties and for different purposes …

That’s from Pete O’Brien of the Brooklyn Atlantics. Who said that in 1868. A year before the Cincinnati Red Stockings became the first fully-professional baseball team. Put differently: baseball was dying before it actually existed in the form that we know it.

A great read about the never-ending and, apparently, always-existing predictions of baseball’s imminent demise.

Dodgers sign Miguel Rojas to 1-year, $6M deal thru 2024

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers agreed to terms with infielder Miguel Rojas on a one-year, $6 million deal that takes him through the 2024 season.

The contract includes a salary of $5 million in 2024 and a club option salary of $5 million in 2025 with a $1 million buyout and charitable contributions.

The 33-year-old Rojas was acquired last month from the Miami Marlins for minor league infielder Jacob Amaya. He returns to the Dodgers for the second time, having made 85 appearances with the club in 2014 as a rookie.

Rojas hit .236 with six home runs and 36 RBIs in 140 games last season. He’s been in the majors for parts of nine seasons while playing five different defensive positions.