Baseball is dying, you guys

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UPDATE: A reminder that the New York Times has covered this story before. And before. And before.

The New York Times copies and pastes one of the many, many “oh no, baseball’s TV ratings suck and the sport is dying” articles it has published over the years. Seriously, you can play bingo with this thing:

It may be America’s national pastime, but it has never felt less national.

On Tuesday night, the first game of the 2014 World Series drew just 12.2 million viewers to Fox, making it the lowest-rated Game 1 on record. Game 2 on Wednesday night fared somewhat better, with 12.9 million people tuning in . . . there’s no avoiding the reality that the World Series is not what it used to be.

I’m not going to add any more here because I go on about this enough. But I do offer this because there is a segment of readers who claim I’m arguing against strawmen when I take on the “baseball is dying” crowd. Except here they are, like clockwork, chiming in with their perfunctory articles about the health of baseball based on metrics that really don’t matter.

Maybe the best response to this came from someone else anyway:

 

 

Dodgers sign OF Jason Heyward to minor league deal

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers signed outfielder Jason Heyward to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training.

The 33-year-old was released by the Chicago Cubs earlier this offseason.

Heyward, who was injured at times last season, put up the worst offensive numbers of his career, batting .204 and with 10 RBIs and one home run in 137 plate appearances. However, he’s a valuable defender in the outfield.

The deal reunites Heyward with first baseman Freddie Freeman. They came up through the Atlanta Braves system and have remained friends ever since.

Heyward was a leader in the Cubs’ clubhouse, helping them win the 2016 World Series.