Baseball is not as irrelevant as a large segment of sports media types would have you believe. Ratings for local MLB telecasts are strong and attendance is holding steady despite higher ticket prices.
But it’s ludicrous to call this a “Golden Age,” as The Used Car Salesman is so fond of repeating, The median age of baseball fans, now 47, continues to rise. The median age of NBA fans: 34.
Naturally MLB’s leaders bury their head in the sand, giving cursory acknowledgement to the game’s pace but doing nothing about it.
Enforcing Rule 6.02 and Rule 8.04, preventing hitters from stepping out of the box and mandating pitchers deliver the ball within 12 seconds when bases are unoccupied, would be a good start.
Keith Olbermann’s commentary on the subject is worth your time: