After recently reading that Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers signed or is going to sign a 7 year, $215M dollar contract, I had to scratch my head and wonder, whatever happened to baseball?
Just the other day, you read that the television contracts are being signed for teams in the billions of dollars, I thought America's love for the game was on the down swing? The stories have kept coming about America's youth being somewhat disenfranchised with baseball.
Add all of this up with the recent baseball doping scandals and you wouldn't think that the industry is roaring like it appears to be.
The money flow seems endless, like a runaway train on a track that has no return. Baseball has really started to spiral up like a South American country that has a serious problem with inflation.
Who's going to be paying for all of this? I don't know about you, but for the price of a baseball game in a decent first level seat these days for a family of 4, it's going to set you back some serious money. I am talking the kind of money that you could buy a nice TV set or something and that's just to buy the tickets. Don't even count the money that it takes to park, and think about a hot dog and a soda for the family. Wait, baseball is a family type of game still isn't it?
This year will be different in the MLB as well in regards to umpiring. Gone are the days of bad calls, well maybe the calls will still be there by the umps but now there will be instant replay. Now managers won't have to get all mad at the umpires, they will just have to challenge the play. The teams will get 2 plays per game that they can challenge, thus changing the course of baseball forever. Remember the times that a bad call would stand? Well, with instant replay that all may be history, as umpires will be corrected if it can be proven on video that they were wrong. Inevitably, there will be stats made about umpires now, and how many bad calls they make and how many calls they have overturned.
Can you imagine 4 calls being overturned or even challenged on the field, I think you might call for at least another 40 minutes to that ballgame. Records for the longest games now will probably fall in 2014, as the video generation now gets to judge whether or not an umpire got the call right.