In fact, if you want to read an upbeat piece on baseball, check out a post from Maury Brown in Forbes. Brown debunks claims that baseball is dying.
I agree. Baseball is a long way from going away. However, I also contend the game isn’t maximizing its potential.
Case in point: This year’s playoffs.
Obviously, MLB can’t control who wins, but it didn’t get an ideal Final Four.
Nothing against the Cardinals and Giants, but I can’t say I’m excited about seeing them again in the NLCS. Been there, don’t that. I’ve had my fill of the Cardinal way, and no, I’m definitely not a Cubs fan.
As for the American League, Kansas City is a terrific story. I get that. And Baltimore being back in the hunt also will revive memories of Palmer and Brooks.
However, all four teams have something in common: They lack star power. There will be good solid players in the LCS, but there isn’t one hitter or pitcher who will compel me to tune in.
Now Mike Trout, Clayton Kershaw, Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg? That’s a different story.
I was looking forward to watching those dynamic young players, not to mention old standbys in Miguel Cabrera and Albert Pujols. Now they are gone until next April. Still can’t believe what happened to Kershaw.
Sports thrives on star power. The postseason represented a great opportunity for baseball to showcase those young stars.
Imagine the buzz if Trout went off and Harper continued to hit moon shots. That would have got everyone excited.
Instead, Kansas City now becomes everyone favorite team. But really, are you going to be jacked up for a Royals-Cardinals or Orioles-Giants World Series?