Harold Reynolds joined Bet Online’s Fandemic Roundtable to discuss the state of Major League Baseball as it enters its 60 game regular season.
Reynolds argues that baseball most equipped to adjust to the absence of fans in the stands. His key point is that baseball players go through high school and college without fans in attendance. Most high school fields don’t even have stands for parents to sit in.
Reynolds is absolutely right on the idea that baseball players are going through their developmental years without many eyes on them during games.
While Reynolds is correct in saying this benefits Major League Baseball when it comes to the shortened season. Can it still be a detriment to the game of baseball as a whole?
Is Reynolds Point Actually a Bad Sign for the Game of Baseball?
The amount of young men in high school playing baseball in high school seems to diminish by the year. In the eyes of a high schooler, the stands being packed for a Friday night football game, or a Tuesday night basketball is appealing. High school sports are about popularity to some kids. Six students, and a bunch of parents out there watching a baseball game isn’t the most appealing thing for a teenager choosing a sport to try out for
While Harold Reynolds is absolutely correct in saying that baseball players are more equipped to play without an audience.
Is that ultimately a tall tale sign of what is wrong with the game today? Will viewers stay to watch a slow drawn out sport with no audience?
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