Baseball is not as popular as it once was

Why is that?

“I think baseball needs to be played in some form or fashion during physical training classes, especially to younger students, to develop the initial enjoyment of the game,” said South Mountain High School shortstop Omar Ortiz.

“I think baseball needs to be played in some form or fashion during physical training classes, especially to younger students, to develop the initial enjoyment of the game,” said South Mountain High School shortstop Omar Ortiz.

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Baseball used to be the most popular sport in the U.S.

Now, it’s not.

Baseball is losing players and fans rapidly. The Major League Baseball regular season has 162 games. According to Statuslimited.com, league-wide attendance dropped to its lowest average in 15 years, down 6.6% in 2018. Still another issue according to the Team Marketing Report  2018 Fan Cost Index, the average cost to bring a family of four to a Major League Baseball game is $234.38, a 1.8% increase over last year.

It is simply too much money for many people to go and support their favorite team.

Another problem with baseball is people think it’s not an interesting game.

“I think baseball has developed a reputation of being boring, because the games are not high impact or full contact and can take up to four hours to finish,” said South Mountain High School baseball coach Joseph Schafman. “In reality, though, there is a lot that goes on during the baseball game that most people do not understand.”

Schafman went on to say there are so many aspects and rules to the game — both written and unwritten — that it’s difficult for fans to know what’s going on on the field. So, getting children to learn the fundamentals of baseball while young is important.

“The skills needed to play baseball are very refined,” said Anne Montgomery, a former amateur umpire who was also a sports reporter. “You have to field. You have to catch. You have to pitch. You have to hit. It’s not like in football where you can give a running back the ball and just say run. And you can tell other people to knock him over. You need to learn baseball skills when you’re little.”

“I think baseball needs to be played in some form or fashion during physical training classes, especially to younger students, to develop the initial enjoyment of the game,” said Jaguars shortstop Omar Ortiz.

But even if you don’t have any baseball experience, you don’t have to give up on the game.

“Do not be afraid to try baseball,” said Schafman. “It won’t be easy and it will take time to get better, but you will have a lot of fun doing it.”

 

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