Baseball is dying, you guys

71 Comments

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:

 

 

O’Day retires following 15 seasons for 6 major league teams

Getty Images
2 Comments

ATLANTA (AP) Right-hander Darren O'Day, who posted a 4.15 ERA in 28 games with the Atlanta Braves in 2022, announced Monday he is retiring after 15 seasons for six teams in the major leagues.

O’Day said on his Twitter account “it’s finally time to hang ’em up.”

“The mental, physical and time demands have finally outweighed my love for the game,” O’Day said.

O’Day, 40, featured an unconventional sidearm delivery. He was 42-21 with a 2.59 ERA in 644 games, all in relief. He made his major league debut in 2008 with the Angels and pitched seven seasons, from 2012-18, for the Baltimore Orioles.

He posted a 4.43 ERA in 30 postseason games, including the 2010 World Series with the Texas Rangers.

O’Day also pitched for the New York Mets and New York Yankees. He pitched for the Braves in 2019-20 before returning for his second stint with the team last season. He became a free agent following the season.

He set a career high with six saves for Baltimore in 2015, when he was 6-2 with a 1.52 ERA and was an AL All-Star.