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3) speed up the pace of play, which will make the game more appealing to everyone who might be interested in watching it.
It's really the only thing that matters. The endless conferences on the mound, mid-inning pitching changes, stepping out, and the ongoing proliferation of walks and strike outs (non action outcomes) make this sport more and more an acquired taste
2) give out scholarships to African-American athletes so that they can participate in travel ball, which is one of the primary feeder systems in today's game.
It would also help if MLB (or the sports apparel companies, or both) would underwrite more inner city high school baseball programs. Many inner city schools don't even offer baseball any more.
How many congested urban areas where land/rents are high have businesses with batting cages?
To be clear, very few things gave me greater pleasure as a pre-pubescent than the occasional trip to the batting cages.
People talk about how it's pace isn't good enough, but a lot of times forget about how enjoyable it's practice(we talking about practice) is
Notice how none of the batting cages listed are actually in the District? Would it hurt for MLB to provide matching funds for those businessmen/women willing to consider investing in batting cages in minority-majority neighborhoods here and in other cities?
A batting cage can't be open year round and in bad weather.
Is it just me or are there just fewer batting cages period now? I have no idea where the closest one to me is and I live in the suburbs.
Aren't they typically indoors?
Not that I dislike games, I just like practice that much. You get to field dozens of flyballs and groundballs, flop around on the ground as much as you like, hit 20-30 balls...it's like the action of 15 baseball games concentrated into 2 hours.
There's a little league on the west side of Manhattan. My son's been in it for 2-3 years. He's 8. It's barely over $100 to join. I can count the number of black kids in the league during that time on the fingers of one hand and have fingers left over. The sport has no juice among blacks whatsoever.
Is it just me, or does the phrasing of this headline make it sound like MLB is dismayed that so many Black Americans are trying to play baseball?
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