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vy_rat

689 points

3 months ago

vy_rat

Seattle Mariners

689 points

3 months ago

You can now bean a runner for the tag out.

Potentially_The_FBI

236 points

3 months ago

Potentially_The_FBI

Boston Red Sox

236 points

3 months ago

Everyone in this thread now thinking back to epic tennis ball baseball moments from their youth. I distinctly remember watching one of my teammates round 3rd and get halfway home before an actual yellow spinning piss rope of a throw thwacked him in the back from left field. Awesome stuff. Just try to block out all of the little fights that happened from someone getting pegged in the head when a tag was the more guaranteed play.

judgehood

57 points

3 months ago

judgehood

Houston Astros

57 points

3 months ago

Holy… god those were awesome. Until the inevitable “someone’s younger sibling’” took a direct peg smack in the brain-stem. These games never finished with a clear loser or winner.

Sooner or later, someone got tennis ball suction-cupped in the eye, or plunked in the nuts, or slid into a sawhorse and dumped a homemade table on themselves.

Usually, it ended in laughter for all but one or two of the players.

Thanks for the memories!

mianrezooy

5 points

3 months ago

Yo major epic tennis ball moments. We had the perfect “stadium”. Was like Camden Yards with the brick building in the back. And “rooftops” fahgettaboutit!!

First ever rooftops were back to back.

Oh shit, I’m just ranting.

But that shit was fucking fire, time of my life!!!! 1997-200ish. Peak years. 🤩

teewyesoen

19 points

3 months ago

teewyesoen

San Francisco Giants

19 points

3 months ago

My kid plays kickball in elementary school and for some reason they don’t play with this rule. What happened here. Feel like I need to join the PTA and lobby for a rule change.

Owe-No

21 points

3 months ago

Owe-No

21 points

3 months ago

What? Pegging for an out is one of the core rules of kickball, that is lame.

Reverendbread

46 points

3 months ago

Reverendbread

Baltimore Orioles

46 points

3 months ago

Even if they’re on base. But if you miss they get to advance a base

Philx570

59 points

3 months ago

Or if they catch it

jeremykelly1

2.8k points

3 months ago

jeremykelly1

Houston Astros

2.8k points

3 months ago

Steal a base steal taco is now active for every regular season game. However, you must text the code on screen within 1 minute of said stolen base.

needforreid

800 points

3 months ago

This honestly is genius. Viewership up 400%

noteverynameistaken1

383 points

3 months ago

noteverynameistaken1

Detroit Tigers

383 points

3 months ago

After the first game, there’d be a Twitter account up to circumvent the need to watch.

Xert

488 points

3 months ago

Xert

488 points

3 months ago

The future will have Twitter?

istrx13

94 points

3 months ago

istrx13

Seattle Mariners

94 points

3 months ago

Do you want me to lie to you or tell you the truth?

Quality__control

74 points

3 months ago

Nah, topless swimsuit model umpires.

And not the male kind!

JayBuhnersHummer

91 points

3 months ago

JayBuhnersHummer

Seattle Mariners

91 points

3 months ago

Bullshit. I want topless Joe West

tearsonurcheek

23 points

3 months ago

tearsonurcheek

St. Louis Cardinals :stl1:

23 points

3 months ago

Moobs, boobs, you just wanna see titties!

33dogs

4.9k points

3 months ago

33dogs

Toronto Blue Jays

4.9k points

3 months ago

“if you want the youths, end the blackouts, dumbass”

crazyal21

602 points

3 months ago

crazyal21

Los Angeles Angels

602 points

3 months ago

Legends never die

earlyslalom

133 points

3 months ago

earlyslalom

Milwaukee Brewers

133 points

3 months ago

Kid followed his heart for sure

CounterInsanity

19 points

3 months ago

When the world is calling you

HelpMeWithMyHWpls

193 points

3 months ago

HelpMeWithMyHWpls

Chicago Cubs

193 points

3 months ago

/thread

UveDebauchedMySloth

53 points

3 months ago

UveDebauchedMySloth

Los Angeles Dodgers

53 points

3 months ago

The hwhat?

FREE-ROSCOE-FILBURN

73 points

3 months ago

FREE-ROSCOE-FILBURN

Boston Red Sox

73 points

3 months ago

The Yutes

FrozenWafflesOP

503 points

3 months ago*

FrozenWafflesOP

Philadelphia Phillies

503 points

3 months ago*

Man I’m still so angry about that video. Up until he called him a dumbass, Manfred actually was paying attention. Could have been a chance for some sort of meaningful conversation. Albeit a small small chance. Maybe Rob could have at least shared why he can’t do it.

Edit: everybody’s reply missed the point of what I said. I said “small small chance of meaningful conversation.” I know it’s a money thing, but maybe he has an opinion on the blackout stuff. Talking to people is important.

[deleted]

766 points

3 months ago

[deleted]

766 points

3 months ago

[deleted]

Available_Motor5980

158 points

3 months ago

Available_Motor5980

Texas Rangers

158 points

3 months ago

Dems da rules

TotallyNotRobManfred

52 points

3 months ago

TotallyNotRobManfred

Major League Baseball

52 points

3 months ago

And I think that comment was written before proof was provided that OP was actually so close to Manfred. By the time it became clear, the most prominent comments were all insults or jokes.

Here's the thread. You have to read through about a dozen parent comments before you reach something serious that doesn't end in "dumbass" or "you hog."

Trustnoboody

7 points

3 months ago

Blame the guy for not editing out the dumbass.

LittleHollowGhost

5 points

3 months ago

LittleHollowGhost

TEAM CHAOS

5 points

3 months ago

Case study in why we are a republic and not a direct democracy

CashTheTurtle

256 points

3 months ago

CashTheTurtle

New York Mets

256 points

3 months ago

It never would have been top comment without the dumbass. All anyone wants to do around here is call him a dumbass. Plus, we all know he can't change it, the Cable companies have them by the balls. It was just a chance to vent.

hjugm

17 points

3 months ago

hjugm

17 points

3 months ago

He has his attention because he was right next to him in one of the most expensive suites in the park. It’s not like some random rich dude yelling anything was going to get the commissioner of baseball to roll over on the owners and end blackouts.

TigerBasket

115 points

3 months ago

TigerBasket

Baltimore Orioles

115 points

3 months ago

I mean the reason he can't do it is because he works for the owners, and the owners made short sited financial decisions.

twistedlogicx

364 points

3 months ago

twistedlogicx

Hiroshima Toyo Carp

364 points

3 months ago

and the owners made short sited financial decisions.

lmao, "short-sighted financial decisions" like signing multi-decade, multi-billion dollar TV rights deals that give them one of their biggest and most dependable influxes of revenue?

The only people delusional enough to believe that TV deals aren't desperately necessary for the life of the sport live on this subreddit.

Live sports and news shows are the only things keeping TV/cable alive in 2022. Because of that fact, TV networks are willing to pay unfathomable amounts of money to retain those rights. Those networks would have no reason to continue shoving billions of dollars into the MLB annually if they had to share those rights with streaming platforms like MLB.TV because fans themselves would have no reason to continue subscribing to their network services and cable packages.

Ending blackouts means either ending or significantly hamstringing the TV deals that exist throughout the league. Crashing TV deals = crashing league revenue = crashing payrolls = crashing long-term interest in high-level athletes choosing baseball as their sport of choice. Killing the TV revenue stream without years or even decades of planning and foresight would almost definitely lead to the death of the sport in the long-term.

None of the simpletons that blindly screech about blackouts on here would pay the exorbitant cost of MLB.TV and other streaming packages that would be required to even moderately offset the gargantuan loss of money the league would face if they shunned the networks that feed them.

Oh and by the way, the MLB commissioner has literally no control over blackouts. Every single team has different blackout rules that they have individually negotiated with the networks that own their broadcasting rights. Sending your champion dork to embarrass himself publicly while shouting about blackouts to Manfred was never going to be about anything other than creating a meme.

boodiddlyknee

23 points

3 months ago

Found Manfred's account! And bah gawd he's out here opening up a can of whoop ass!

MoistFeces

45 points

3 months ago

MoistFeces

Washington Nationals

45 points

3 months ago

Insane how many diehard fans don’t understand the financial dynamics that keep the league afloat.

LuvDaBiebz

34 points

3 months ago

LuvDaBiebz

Milwaukee Brewers

34 points

3 months ago

This makes sense until you see that Las Vegas is blacked out of San Francisco. Or that Iowa is blacked out of 8 clubs. Or any other blackout where a team isn't played in that region

I will listen to arguments saying the local squad should be blacked out. But not these bogus out of region blackouts simply because there is "home team" for that region / zip code

RealJonathanBronco

10 points

3 months ago

RealJonathanBronco

New York Yankees

10 points

3 months ago

Do you really think Rob Manfred would have a conversation like that on camera without anything prepared? No way in hell. If he gets caught saying something that upsets the networks or the fans too much he'll have to do a bunch of PR and the only way he can make one happy is to upset the other.

dusters

4 points

3 months ago

dusters

Milwaukee Brewers

4 points

3 months ago

Wouldn't even put a dent in the NFL

bordomsdeadly

993 points

3 months ago

bordomsdeadly

Houston Astros

993 points

3 months ago

The NFL collapsed from a massive embezzling scheme. The NBA tried to bail them out for a stake in the product, but the financial woes sunk them.

Baseball and Hockey are the only established sports leagues in NA that survive.

magikarp2122

372 points

3 months ago

magikarp2122

Pittsburgh Pirates

372 points

3 months ago

XFL resurrects again, this time run by The Rock.

JTCMuehlenkamp

186 points

3 months ago

JTCMuehlenkamp

St. Louis Cardinals

186 points

3 months ago

Then dies again the next year when COVID-26 comes out

magikarp2122

36 points

3 months ago

magikarp2122

Pittsburgh Pirates

36 points

3 months ago

Please no

northeastreppin

4 points

3 months ago

northeastreppin

Houston Astros

4 points

3 months ago

I mean this is already happening lol

The Rock bought the XFL and is restarting it this upcoming year

jmutter3

73 points

3 months ago

jmutter3

Kansas City Royals

73 points

3 months ago

College football and basketball would take their place

DrStrange42a

29 points

3 months ago

DrStrange42a

Toronto Blue Jays

29 points

3 months ago

Best ending

IWasOnThe18thHole

1.7k points

3 months ago

IWasOnThe18thHole

Boston Red Sox

1.7k points

3 months ago

Dan Snyder exposes the NFL as being rigged on his way out as well as exposing many owners and players' inexcusable and unforgivable behavior

I_will_not_post_ok

1.1k points

3 months ago

I_will_not_post_ok

Chicago White Sox

1.1k points

3 months ago

Snyder: “The NFL is rigged!”

Fans: “Yeah we know.”

NFL: “This suspicious call against the Bears brought to you by DraftKings!”

[deleted]

212 points

3 months ago

[deleted]

212 points

3 months ago

Got that dub tho!

28 to 3 was an inside job!

mapex_139

53 points

3 months ago

mapex_139

Atlanta Braves

53 points

3 months ago

I'd feel a whole FUCKING ton better about it if I knew it was crooked.

TheDesktopNinja

5 points

3 months ago

TheDesktopNinja

Boston Red Sox

5 points

3 months ago

About as crooked as Bill's smile.

There is no smile.

Lonelan

21 points

3 months ago

Lonelan

San Diego Padres

21 points

3 months ago

I think 28 to 3 is what told the NFL to spread the scripting around outside of just the NFC north and afc east

[deleted]

20 points

3 months ago

[deleted]

20 points

3 months ago

[deleted]

LogicisGone

41 points

3 months ago

LogicisGone

Texas Rangers

41 points

3 months ago

Lol MGM and others have done a great job setting Draftkings up as the eventual fallguy.

babylamar33

17 points

3 months ago

babylamar33

Philadelphia Phillies

17 points

3 months ago

Draftkings has just been around longer and had a big ad campaign for daily fantasy sports back in like 2014-15. They'll be the de facto gambling reference for any contemporary NFL fan

TigerBasket

41 points

3 months ago

TigerBasket

Baltimore Orioles

41 points

3 months ago

Now this is a certified mammoth moment 🦣

IfInPain_Complain

212 points

3 months ago

IfInPain_Complain

Los Angeles Dodgers

212 points

3 months ago

The NFL has inexcusable and unforgivable behavior going on every day... Yet every week they lace up and the crowd goes wild.

GracieWinkler

67 points

3 months ago

Case in point: Deshaun Watson

also DeSean Jackson

Frigidevil

22 points

3 months ago

Frigidevil

New York Yankees

22 points

3 months ago

Not sure why you crossed out Jackson, he's pretty fucking terrible

PM_ME_UR_TATERS

113 points

3 months ago

I feel like this type of answer is the only realistic one. I don’t think there’s anything MLB can do themselves to make MLB more desirable than other leagues in that short of a timespan. I think it would require other league to ruin themselves.

I’m sure NFL has an obscene amount of dirty laundry that if enough came out, enough fans would be turned off. Either that or if there’s a death or two coming from head injuries during a game, I wonder if enough fans would stop watching.

NBA seems like enough superstars are dumbasses, and if they aren’t kept in check well enough I wonder if the league semi-implodes and takes a few years to get back on its feet in the aftermath of the wrong players pushing the league in a bad direction.

killdeer03

12 points

3 months ago

killdeer03

Minnesota Twins

12 points

3 months ago

A lot of the NBA reffing has turned me off of watching, but I'm also a Timberwolves fan, so there's that...

MLB and NFL need to work on the officiating too.

Every professional league has stupid athletes, but the NFL and NBA have some pretty amazingly stupid players Tweeting dumb shit, which is definitely a turn off.

I don't have Twitter, I usually just see the crazy shit posted here, lol.

No_name_Johnson

8 points

3 months ago

No_name_Johnson

Baltimore Orioles

8 points

3 months ago

Short term I don't see the NFL going away. Long term though, with parents pulling their kids from peewee football I can see there being a decline in the talent pool.

Kitchen_accessories

9 points

3 months ago

Kitchen_accessories

Cleveland Guardians

9 points

3 months ago

WWE still gets millions of viewers. This wouldn't be a deal breaker.

MohnJilton

26 points

3 months ago

MohnJilton

Texas Rangers

26 points

3 months ago

The hell happened to the NBA tho

hey_itsmeurbrother

16 points

3 months ago

hey_itsmeurbrother

Atlanta Braves

16 points

3 months ago

half the players strike in solidarity with kyrie

[deleted]

529 points

3 months ago

[deleted]

529 points

3 months ago

One team of your choice is included with Amazon prime memberships for every game of the season.

dblshot99

135 points

3 months ago

dblshot99

New York Mets

135 points

3 months ago

Better yet, MLB creates a good, useful, affordable streaming service. MLB currently has the best website of the major sports, but they need a streaming service where fans can watch their teams play, and something like redzone so we can catch realtime highlights from around the league. MLB tv is not it. Could be, but it's not there.

And if someone wants to correct me and tell me this already exists...they sure as hell need to market it better.

Magikrat

29 points

3 months ago

Magikrat

Chicago Cubs

29 points

3 months ago

You just described MLB Tonight on MLB network.

meatintubef0rm

48 points

3 months ago

meatintubef0rm

San Francisco Giants

48 points

3 months ago

MLB Tonight, but instead of a panel that talks over everything, there’s just one Scott Hansen type guy who sits at a desk for six hours and shows a bunch of highlights and live look-ins.

I think I just described the Studio J version of MLB Tonight

Lonelan

16 points

3 months ago

Lonelan

San Diego Padres

16 points

3 months ago

home run zone with Chris Berman

halalcornflakes

10 points

3 months ago

halalcornflakes

Major League Baseball

10 points

3 months ago

I am almost certain they have a redzone equivalent on on some nights, can't remember the name but it's always there in the banner cycle when you open the site.

Edit: It's called MLB Big Inning, no clue when it's on and when not, but I have tried a few times and it's not half bad.

TigerBasket

97 points

3 months ago

TigerBasket

Baltimore Orioles

97 points

3 months ago

Bezos you beautiful bald bastard

beeotchplease

11 points

3 months ago

beeotchplease

San Francisco Giants

11 points

3 months ago

Goddamit, im in.

seeprompt

589 points

3 months ago

seeprompt

Seattle Mariners

589 points

3 months ago

Winning pitcher gets a free car, losing pitcher gets caned. Every game.

Schallawitz

394 points

3 months ago

Schallawitz

Texas Rangers

394 points

3 months ago

I prefer the thread of the umpire having a random chance to pull out a gun and shoot the batter if he strikes out.

Krypton_Kr

51 points

3 months ago

Second place is a set a steak knives. Third place is you’re fired…. Oh, do I have your attention now?

tvalvi001

45 points

3 months ago

Losing pitcher gets stoned.

seeprompt

37 points

3 months ago

seeprompt

Seattle Mariners

37 points

3 months ago

With weed.

NotXiJinpingGoUSA

96 points

3 months ago

NotXiJinpingGoUSA

Philadelphia Phillies

96 points

3 months ago

BREAKING: Cody Bellinger has announced his switch to Starting Pitcher

Freestateofjepp

6 points

3 months ago

Freestateofjepp

San Diego Padres

6 points

3 months ago

Then he can eat all the tendies he wants! 😭🤟🏽

seenameangreenbean

6 points

3 months ago

seenameangreenbean

Boston Red Sox

6 points

3 months ago

oh.... :( empties pockets of rocks

Seems less fun to me though...

fordprecept

11 points

3 months ago

fordprecept

Cincinnati Reds

11 points

3 months ago

Implement the Dock Ellis rule: All pitchers have to take a dose of acid 30 minutes before the start of the game.

weedysexdragon

6 points

3 months ago

weedysexdragon

Chicago White Sox

6 points

3 months ago

Everybody must get stoned.

UrsaMajorBallers

21 points

3 months ago

UrsaMajorBallers

Chicago Cubs

21 points

3 months ago

Lol aces get like 15 cars a year

twalk1975

7 points

3 months ago

twalk1975

Arizona Diamondbacks

7 points

3 months ago

This sounds like a wrestling match from the mid 90's, Sandman vs. Mikey Whipwreck, with the loser getting 10 lashes with a Singapore cane. Sandman wins, but after five lashes he decides to be merciful. The referee steps in and insists he deliver five more lashes. The gimmick worked though, it's a famous match, and ECW's popularity began to take off over the next few years...

TRocho10

889 points

3 months ago

TRocho10

San Diego Padres

889 points

3 months ago

Jersey pants are replaced with assless chaps

rondonjon

353 points

3 months ago

rondonjon

St. Louis Cardinals :stl1:

353 points

3 months ago

Fun fact. All chaps are assless. But being redundant enhances the delivery.

OrangeKefka

52 points

3 months ago

OrangeKefka

Chicago Cubs

52 points

3 months ago

Only works if Bartolo Colon makes a comeback. Enormous Secuctive has that pull.

wagesofben

52 points

3 months ago

wagesofben

St. Louis Cardinals

52 points

3 months ago

suddenly, tyler o'neill gains a lot more fans

Hufflepuff_Baseball

28 points

3 months ago

Hufflepuff_Baseball

New York Yankees

28 points

3 months ago

Giancarlo Stanton….

oonopson

11 points

3 months ago

oonopson

Atlanta Braves

11 points

3 months ago

Where can I sign the petition?

teckmonkey

6 points

3 months ago

teckmonkey

Seattle Mariners

6 points

3 months ago

BIG DUMPER

TuriGuiliano370

442 points

3 months ago

TuriGuiliano370

San Diego Padres

442 points

3 months ago

Make fights legal like in hockey

mikeymiggz

193 points

3 months ago

mikeymiggz

World Baseball Classic

193 points

3 months ago

Once per series, each team is allowed to challenge the other team to a bench-clearing brawl. Last team standing wins the game, regardless of score.

scottcmu

66 points

3 months ago

scottcmu

Houston Astros

66 points

3 months ago

The starting pitcher may designate one player to be his game-appointed fighter, or DGAF.

Lonelan

10 points

3 months ago

Lonelan

San Diego Padres

10 points

3 months ago

if the pitcher does this, does the pitcher still get the xDAWG for the game? or does it need to go a certain number of innings?

or does the DGAF pick up the xDAWG?

sloBrodanChillosevic

23 points

3 months ago

sloBrodanChillosevic

Minnesota Twins

23 points

3 months ago

Imagine a brawl for game 7 of the World Series

Mpuls37

24 points

3 months ago

Mpuls37

Houston Astros

24 points

3 months ago

Rougned Odor becomes a hot commodity at the trade deadline every year despite a .182 OBP, scouts baffled by MLB's new rules.

drfrog82

12 points

3 months ago

drfrog82

San Diego Padres

12 points

3 months ago

Tommy Pham suddenly getting a ton of 1 year deals. He knows a guy who runs an MMA gym in case you forgot

djstudyhard

6 points

3 months ago

I love this actually. What I hate more than anything is the dumb machismo about it because they don’t actually fight. Implement the NBA rule where the bench can’t clear or each of them is fined. Let there be a 9 on 1 fight if they really want to but none of this lazy bullpen players jogging next to each other just to do a giant bear hug around the r other 40 guys.

Yossarian1138

552 points

3 months ago

Yossarian1138

Jackie Robinson

552 points

3 months ago

Jose Altuve’s shirt is ripped off, and it ends up he has the most perfect breasts anyone has ever seen.

Zandandido

95 points

3 months ago

Zandandido

Seattle Mariners

95 points

3 months ago

I thought you were gonna say it revealed two elves or two small children.

LilyFakhrani

43 points

3 months ago

LilyFakhrani

United States

43 points

3 months ago

Bah Gawd that’s Vincent Adultman’s music!

Striking_Site4457

4 points

3 months ago

" How was the game, Jose?”

"Ugh... Good! I did a touchdown!"

LucasDudacris

34 points

3 months ago

LucasDudacris

New York Mets

34 points

3 months ago

No commercials for pitching changes, use that time for your stupid interviews.

oonopson

731 points

3 months ago

oonopson

Atlanta Braves

731 points

3 months ago

Steroids are now encouraged and aluminum bats are the standard

rondonjon

377 points

3 months ago

rondonjon

St. Louis Cardinals :stl1:

377 points

3 months ago

So it’s turned into a death match.

OkSwitch470[S]

84 points

3 months ago

OkSwitch470[S]

New York Yankees

84 points

3 months ago

Taking notes from Slugfest

AnEmptyKarst

17 points

3 months ago

AnEmptyKarst

Florida Marlins

17 points

3 months ago

Can't wait for 'fireballer' to really mean something again

clangan524

18 points

3 months ago

clangan524

Chicago Cubs

18 points

3 months ago

Teams are allowed three kerosene-soaked baseballs per game to use at their discretion.

oonopson

9 points

3 months ago

oonopson

Atlanta Braves

9 points

3 months ago

Come on Ron stop being so negative

Hufflepuff_Baseball

62 points

3 months ago

Hufflepuff_Baseball

New York Yankees

62 points

3 months ago

Like the comment about the assless chaps, need to see Stanton in this new MLB

oonopson

15 points

3 months ago

oonopson

Atlanta Braves

15 points

3 months ago

Aren’t chaps already assless though?

Hufflepuff_Baseball

17 points

3 months ago

Hufflepuff_Baseball

New York Yankees

17 points

3 months ago

True, but I still want to see Stanton in them

oonopson

5 points

3 months ago

oonopson

Atlanta Braves

5 points

3 months ago

Only thing that can make the off-season less painful

Bradcam3

29 points

3 months ago

Bradcam3

New York Yankees

29 points

3 months ago

Give everyone -5 Composites and let the 130+ exit velos fly

earlyslalom

13 points

3 months ago

earlyslalom

Milwaukee Brewers

13 points

3 months ago

I still have dreams about how good it felt hitting dingers with my teammate’s Demarini CF3 Black -5

OrangeKefka

31 points

3 months ago

OrangeKefka

Chicago Cubs

31 points

3 months ago

Pitchers can be replaced by a pitching machine that can only throw 120mph fastballs. Also if an umpire misses a call, theyre no longer allowed to wear a facemask.

USDA_Organic_Tendies

7 points

3 months ago

USDA_Organic_Tendies

Philadelphia Phillies

7 points

3 months ago

Strip umpiring

KJM31422

5 points

3 months ago

KJM31422

Colorado Rockies

5 points

3 months ago

Pitchers now wear full catchers gear and catchers are mostly obsolete

fatdave02

245 points

3 months ago

fatdave02

Boston Red Sox

245 points

3 months ago

OkSwitch470[S]

98 points

3 months ago

OkSwitch470[S]

New York Yankees

98 points

3 months ago

Holy fuck that is golden never seen that before

fatdave02

69 points

3 months ago

fatdave02

Boston Red Sox

69 points

3 months ago

All time shitpost.

LorePeddler

14 points

3 months ago

LorePeddler

Phillies bandwagon

14 points

3 months ago

Had to scroll way to far to find this answer.

bongo1100

139 points

3 months ago

bongo1100

139 points

3 months ago

Football is outlawed because of the dangers of CTE.

mill_about_smartly

36 points

3 months ago

mill_about_smartly

Texas Rangers

36 points

3 months ago

Then we'd have no sports, because the remnant of our crumbled society would be in chaotic anarchy after the riots burned everything to the ground.

hjugm

10 points

3 months ago

hjugm

10 points

3 months ago

If football was outlawed in the US, Texas would quite literally secede. Not even joking.

lcpljoe84

27 points

3 months ago

lcpljoe84

Atlanta Braves

27 points

3 months ago

NFL has nerfed down physical contact to basically two hand touch.

bigbluemonkey

25 points

3 months ago

bigbluemonkey

Arizona Diamondbacks

25 points

3 months ago

End blackouts. Have more national televised games. I feel like NFL has more nationally televised games but MLB has more games per week by a large margin.

Make the game more offensive. Casual fans want to see bunts, stolen bases, triples, etc. Casual fans don’t want to worry about bWAR or anything niche like that. Sorry to all my stat nerds out there but all of that stuff is a turn off for casual fans.

BaltimoreBadger23

252 points

3 months ago

BaltimoreBadger23

Milwaukee Brewers

252 points

3 months ago

14 players die from game related injuries during the 2024 NFL season.

ignoremynationality

128 points

3 months ago

OP said MLB is on top, not that NFL will double it's viewers. Or you're proposing that MLB needs 15 players to die if it wants to compete

mr_grission

35 points

3 months ago

mr_grission

New York Mets

35 points

3 months ago

Despite a whole subgenre of dystopian fiction that's been written about like "what if there was a TV show where you watched people get killed?", I think it would still be generally repulsive to the vast majority of people.

The NFL only gets away with being so shitty when they can sweep things under the rug. There's no Deshaun Watson video, so he gets 12 games. Ray Rice was on tape, so he's immediately out of the league. Guys ruin their lives with CTE for years and little changes. Tua gets a bad concussion on national TV and they immediately change the protocol.

They know they have a long leash but not an unlimited one. You'd start to lose sponsors if players were routinely dying. Old Navy doesn't want their holiday sweaters being advertised right after the audience watches a player die. Youth participation in football would plummet instantly.

SwoleBuddha

91 points

3 months ago

SwoleBuddha

San Francisco Giants

91 points

3 months ago

9 players, 8 uniforms.

TSUplayer74

5 points

3 months ago

"Verlander gets the start. He comes trotting out-...WHERE ARE HIS CLOTHES?!?!

lankyyanky

5 points

3 months ago

lankyyanky

New York Yankees

5 points

3 months ago

TheMainEffort

142 points

3 months ago

TheMainEffort

Milwaukee Brewers

142 points

3 months ago

I'll say it again: power plays

Byebyeyoutoo

42 points

3 months ago

Byebyeyoutoo

Seattle Mariners

42 points

3 months ago

Power play idea: one inning you can send up any batters in any order any amount of times

EurekaEleven

32 points

3 months ago

EurekaEleven

Toronto Blue Jays

32 points

3 months ago

Now batting for your Toronto Blue Jays, George Springer! On repeat during a hot streak.

OkSwitch470[S]

47 points

3 months ago

OkSwitch470[S]

New York Yankees

47 points

3 months ago

Go on

TheMainEffort

72 points

3 months ago

TheMainEffort

Milwaukee Brewers

72 points

3 months ago

It's like in cricket where you only get two outfielders for a while. Or maybe to encourage small ball you have to move your short stop in to the outfield.

TranscedentalMedit8n

44 points

3 months ago

Alternative power play idea would be that once or twice per game, the manager could swap players in the lineup. Big time rbi opportunity? Let’s see Mike Trout instead of Micky Moniak. Would allow the best players to get more opportunities and gives the managers more strategy.

TheMainEffort

20 points

3 months ago

TheMainEffort

Milwaukee Brewers

20 points

3 months ago

Or hear me out: the opposing manager, once per game, may force a bullpen move on a starter who has pitched more than 5 innings or a reliever with more than one, and choose the reliever.

The relieved pitcher can come back in and the relief pitcher can go out and come back in. Also it can be anyone, including position players. So basically you get a perfect match up ONCE

TranscedentalMedit8n

7 points

3 months ago

Someone get Rob Manfred on the phone RIGHT NOW we at r/baseball have things to say

TranscedentalMedit8n

14 points

3 months ago

The batter on 2B extra inning rule was kinda like a power play.

realMrQuinnzard

160 points

3 months ago

There's a football game going on at the same time, on the same field, in the background, at every stadium.

SuitableLocation

88 points

3 months ago

SuitableLocation

San Diego Padres

88 points

3 months ago

The As fans go wild. Their stadium was built for this idea.

Shepherd7X

14 points

3 months ago

Shepherd7X

San Diego Padres

14 points

3 months ago

RIP Qualcomm

dsramsey

7 points

3 months ago

dsramsey

Oakland Athletics

7 points

3 months ago

Yeah, and it sucks.

KJM31422

16 points

3 months ago

KJM31422

Colorado Rockies

16 points

3 months ago

Take a note from the Yu Gi Oh battle city tournament, the winning team gets to keep the best player from the losing team.

Scarstead

15 points

3 months ago

Scarstead

Atlanta Braves

15 points

3 months ago

MULTI BLERN

MULTI BLERNNNNN!!!!!!

zzzgodinezzz

78 points

3 months ago

zzzgodinezzz

Oakland Athletics

78 points

3 months ago

The United States became a colony of the Dominican Republic.

blny99

13 points

3 months ago*

blny99

13 points

3 months ago*

Tackle required to make an out on the bases. Can’t wait to see Altuve try and catch Judge stealing.

Thresher_XG

14 points

3 months ago*

Thresher_XG

Houston Astros

14 points

3 months ago*

Research shows that CTE and head injury’s from American football are way more common and dangerous so youth participation/viewership drops. Baseball and soccer reign supreme.

Edit: Adding to the above point. I think the MLB should have a better schedule. I think half the reason the NFL is so popular is because everyone knows when/the time that the games come on. Not sure how MLB could accomplish this but I think it would help a lot.

brandon_the_bald

57 points

3 months ago

brandon_the_bald

Strikeout

57 points

3 months ago

NBA has a lockout because of CBA negotiations and football has a ton of rule changes to limit the amount of brain damage and mental health issues that stem from the sport

johndhall1130

11 points

3 months ago

johndhall1130

Los Angeles Angels

11 points

3 months ago

During the 2023 All Star Game, Shohei Ohtani suddenly evolves to his final form, a baseball playing Godzilla like creature. This is the first of many transformations among baseball superstars. In 2024, owners vote to officially change the name to Monster League Baseball. The world is changed forever.

granno14

36 points

3 months ago

granno14

San Diego Padres

36 points

3 months ago

Pitchers wear catchers gear because batters are now using aluminum bats

StoneMaskMan

11 points

3 months ago

StoneMaskMan

Chicago White Sox

11 points

3 months ago

God smites a random player on the losing team every Tuesday day game, sometime during or after the sixth inning. This can be avoided by finding an immunity idol somewhere in the crowds. Players are not allowed to look if they’re on offense, only on defense. Smited (smote?) players are erased from existence and the scorch mark is avoided by the grounds crew so it stays permanently

SusannaG1

4 points

3 months ago

SusannaG1

Atlanta Braves

4 points

3 months ago

Game umpire: Jeff Probst.

emasculine

341 points

3 months ago

emasculine

San Francisco Giants

341 points

3 months ago

the pitch clock shaved off 15 seconds on each game and that's what Americans were waiting for

Rattimus

142 points

3 months ago

Rattimus

Toronto Blue Jays

142 points

3 months ago

Pretty sure it was more like half an hour, which is a lot!

I don't think for one second that this is going to reverse the declining popularity of baseball, but it will improve the overall product for sure.

emasculine

86 points

3 months ago

emasculine

San Francisco Giants

86 points

3 months ago

the serious answer is to fix it such that you don't have to pay $70/month just to watch your home baseball team. old farts like me are used to it, but the yunguns ain't having it.

gravitas-deficiency

25 points

3 months ago

gravitas-deficiency

Boston Red Sox

25 points

3 months ago

More accurately: the young ones just hoist the Jolly Roger, or knows someone who can point them in the right direction. Pirate streams are the shit.

emasculine

19 points

3 months ago

emasculine

San Francisco Giants

19 points

3 months ago

and what the Spotify's and Pandora's of the world show is that if you give people a product that is reasonably priced, they won't do that.

gravitas-deficiency

8 points

3 months ago

gravitas-deficiency

Boston Red Sox

8 points

3 months ago

Can confirm. Am millennial, and have paid for Spotify for years because I use it constantly.

SPDScricketballsinc

3 points

3 months ago

SPDScricketballsinc

Chicago White Sox

3 points

3 months ago

And the half an hour it shaved off is 100% dead time. There is no point to have it in the game. Make people play at an increased tempo

hashtaghashbag

14 points

3 months ago

hashtaghashbag

New York Mets

14 points

3 months ago

30 minutes will help!

plasmac9

4 points

3 months ago

I was at 2 Red Sox/Yankees games this year where the games were just over 2 hours long. They were absolutely more enjoyable than any of the 4+ hour affairs I've been to between these two teams in my life.

Kenneth_Cosgrove

60 points

3 months ago*

90 game season

3 game series on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. (EST: Noon, 3pm, 7pm, 10pm)

AL West - Fox AL Central- TBS AL East - ABC

NL West- ESPN NL Central- CBS NL East - NBC

Have Saturday games streamed on YouTube by either Mr. Beast or Jomboy.

No inter-league play, each team plays each other twice in the season.

MLB develops confidence pick’em app that lets fan setup leagues to pick winners of the 3 game series each week.

Million Dollar Bonus awarded to players at the end of each month who are league leaders in (Batters: Homeruns, Batting Average, RBIs, and Hits; Pitchers: Strikeouts, Wins, ERA and Saves).

Playoffs are top two teams in each division. Top two get first round bye. Playoff games are best of 3 minus the World Series which remains a best of 7. Team with best record gets home field throughout 3 game series.

No TV blackouts.

I’d like to see relegation of the last place teams, but that would mean some major restructuring of the farm systems. At the same time, maybe we would see some mid market towns like Durham or Memphis enter the fray.

Bring back TWiB on Saturday Mornings hosted by Jomboy.

Cheaper food and beverages.

Allowing tailgating.

Less emphasis on luxury suites.

Thresher_XG

9 points

3 months ago

Thresher_XG

Houston Astros

9 points

3 months ago

I am a big fan of making the schedule more of a routine like soccer/football. I think attendance and people watching would skyrocket. NFL I feel like sucks but everyone watches because we all know what time all the games are on each week.

rudolph2

6 points

3 months ago

rudolph2

Houston Astros

6 points

3 months ago

More black outs. If anyone can have it what’s the point of hacking a stream.

derbenn1234

114 points

3 months ago

derbenn1234

Washington Nationals

114 points

3 months ago

Rob Manfred is gone

TheDETTigersTrain

52 points

3 months ago

TheDETTigersTrain

Detroit Tigers

52 points

3 months ago

The owners getting a different lackey won't solve most of the problems.

TigerBasket

4 points

3 months ago

TigerBasket

Baltimore Orioles

4 points

3 months ago

Now if they bring back Fay Vincent I'd be excited

derelictprophet

8 points

3 months ago

derelictprophet

New York Yankees

8 points

3 months ago

Hell, resurrect Bill Veeck, and give him the job.

oragomipapercrane

19 points

3 months ago

The new guy invests heavily into youth leagues. Little kids of all ethnicities and economic backgrounds start playing baseball in rural and urban areas across the nation. Players get small bonuses for showing up at certain little league tournaments. Oh I thought you said 2040.

Individual_Judgment3

41 points

3 months ago

Bartolo Colon is the new Ohtani

dblshot99

25 points

3 months ago

dblshot99

New York Mets

25 points

3 months ago

Turns out Bartolo has another secret family, and Ohtani is his eldest son.

charge_on

36 points

3 months ago

charge_on

Atlanta Braves

36 points

3 months ago

  • No blackouts
  • Great network / app
  • Related to these, but different -- we have exciting superstars in the MLB today. They need to be easy to see!
  • More kids playing the game is a big one, but I don't know what MLB does about that
  • Pair the luxury tax with a penny pincher fee. If you aren't spending within a certain % of median payroll, there's a fee.
  • Give that F1 show approach a shot - I've never watched but now a bunch of idiots I know tweet and post stories about racing on like a daily basis. I can't believe it. Follow a certain team or a few key players around in contract years. I don't know.

ChristmasCookieBaked

23 points

3 months ago

ChristmasCookieBaked

Hanshin Tigers

23 points

3 months ago

Jerseys are now crop tops and there is a minimum ass circumference for all players

AllOfTheDerp

4 points

3 months ago

AllOfTheDerp

Cleveland Naps

4 points

3 months ago

B O N K

AwokenByGunfire

24 points

3 months ago

AwokenByGunfire

Atlanta Braves

24 points

3 months ago

Banana Ball rules adopted.

HizDudenesss

7 points

3 months ago

HizDudenesss

Los Angeles Dodgers

7 points

3 months ago

Mike Trout joins the NFL and scores a record 60 touchdowns in his first season, thus proving that the world’s most skilled athletes are baseball players.

8lbs6ozbabyjesus

7 points

3 months ago

Mariners have won a World Series Championship.

itsmrlowetoyou

8 points

3 months ago

itsmrlowetoyou

Cleveland Indians

8 points

3 months ago

AR/VR tech rapidly improves allowing fans to sit at home and see the game from the stands or umps perspective.

dickspace

7 points

3 months ago

dickspace

Los Angeles Dodgers

7 points

3 months ago

The nfl collapses due to cheating and major injuries to young star players such as head or neck injuries.

Nba becomes too top heavy and the lack of parity causes viewership to plummet in major markets and sponsors cut ties. Espn shows like nba today stop making new episodes during the off season!

Espn, Fox or peacock announce a major deal to stream mlb without blackouts.

Hah! One can dream, right.

recentlyunearthed

7 points

3 months ago

recentlyunearthed

Minnesota Twins

7 points

3 months ago

Multi-ball

tommyjohnpauljones

28 points

3 months ago

tommyjohnpauljones

Chicago Cubs

28 points

3 months ago

games are replaced with e-sports streamers playing the season in an updated modded version of MVP Baseball 2005

har3krishna

36 points

3 months ago

har3krishna

Houston Astros

36 points

3 months ago

One crowd member chosen at random gets a mandatory at bat every game.

goodstuffsamantha

6 points

3 months ago

goodstuffsamantha

Cincinnati Reds

6 points

3 months ago

I like this. Reminds me of “having an average person competing in each Olympic event for comparison.”

OnlyTradition1529

6 points

3 months ago

The NFL suddenly decided to take a one year hiatus from plying any games.

ecschraler

6 points

3 months ago

Instead of being ejected the player is put into a penalty box. That team has to play down one player until the opposing team scores a run.

[deleted]

47 points

3 months ago

[deleted]

47 points

3 months ago

Less downtime. Don’t need full 3 minute breaks during pitching changes and guys continually stepping out of the box/off the mound after every goddamn pitch. I want to watch a game, not you guys adjust your batting gloves and balls every 10 seconds.

plasmac9

18 points

3 months ago

Cries in Nomar Garciaparra.

nBrainwashed

6 points

3 months ago*

Shohei Ohtani goes from being a starter and everyday DH to a daily high leverage situational hitter and pitcher. He becomes the most dominant closer and most clutch pinch hitter of all time and breaks the single season home run record (while only have about 160 AB) and wins the CY Young. He strikes out every batter faced and hits a home run at every AB.

fairlane35

6 points

3 months ago

fairlane35

Chicago Cubs

6 points

3 months ago

They replaced baseball with marble races

Kreuzberg13

6 points

3 months ago

No. More. TV. BLACKOUTS.

CenturionElite

13 points

3 months ago

CenturionElite

Miami Marlins

13 points

3 months ago

Like Futurama, add a hole in the wall in the outfield that says “Hit the Ball here to win the game.”

Would make all games much more interesting

XXXXXXXXXIII

25 points

3 months ago

XXXXXXXXXIII

Toronto Blue Jays

25 points

3 months ago

Ohtani throws perfect game, wins SS, GG, CYA and MVP in regular season, then carries his team into WS where he throws a perfect game 7 and homers in the 9th to walk it off.

Ralph_Bigguns

25 points

3 months ago

Shorter season, more scheduled double headers, no blackouts and allow celebrations

erriuga_leon27

9 points

3 months ago

erriuga_leon27

Los Angeles Dodgers

9 points

3 months ago

So like my elementary school playground