Satan’s Greatest Trick Was Convincing Man Baseball Was Long and Boring
If you were one of those people who believed that baseball was a long, boring game bordering on the
outskirts of being an actual sport then don’t worry, Its not your fault. You’ve been had. Evil sorcery has
clouded your mind and confused you into believing that our nations oldest organized sport (since the
1870′s) had somehow lost a step when compared to Football and Basketball. Following are the top 5
reasons why Baseball is still on top of the sports pyramid in America. Brace yourselves, Baseball is a
numbers game, so be prepared for an absurd amount of numbers to back this argument.
1) Baseball is the most difficult sport to play.
Think about this: If Tom Brady only completed 30% of his passes for his career, would he be
considered an all time great? What about if Michael Jordan only hit 30% of his shots, would he? But if
you got a base hit 30% of the time in Baseball, you’re on your way to Cooperstown to be in the hall of
fame. Why? because hitting a jump shot is exponentially easier than hitting a 97MPH fastball that moves
from one side of the plate to the other. Even if you did make contact, there are 9 fielders dedicated to
making sure you don’t reach first base. If you are one of those people who feel like hitting a baseball
isn’t that big of a deal, go to your local batting cage and try to hit a 70MPH pitch. After you strike out for
the 200th time, come back to this post and realize that MLB players on average see pitches that are at
least 20MPH FASTER than that.
2) Baseball players are more “league ready” than their NBA/NFL counterparts.
You ever watch a baseball game and hear the commentator say “that guy was a bust coming out
the draft”? Yeah, me either. This is because of the stellar farm system that baseball boasts to properly
develop future MLB stars. This ensures the fans that by the time these players step onto the field that
they are subjected to the top talent in the world. According to BaseballProspectus.com, the average age
of an MLB debut for a rookie is 24 years old. 24 is pretty young, but considering that the average rookie
age for NBA and NFL rookies are 20 and 22 respectively, that is a huge difference. An MLB player, if they
choose to go to college, must stay for a minimum of 3 years (like the NFL). After they are drafted, 99 out
of 100 times the player goes to the minor leagues to work on their game before they get called up to the
majors, so they aren’t “thrown to the wolves” like NBA and NFL rookies.
3) True home field advantage.
Every NFL football field is 120 yards long X 53 1/3 yards wide. Every NBA Basketball court is 94
feet long X 50 feet wide. So a 100 yard run in the Georgia dome is a touchdown just like it would be a
touchdown at Soldier field. A jump shot behind the 3 point line in the garden would be worth the same
amount of points as in the staples center. In baseball, however, all 30 fields have different dimensions.
So a homerun to center field in Wrigley Field is a flyball out at Petco park in San Diego. These disparities
in field dimensions create a true home field advantage because it controls what players you bring to
your team and their strengths. For example, it would be wise to stack your line up with power hitters
in a small ball park to take advantage of the ease to hit homeruns. Inversely, if you have a big ball park
where it’s hard to hit homeruns, you want more contact hitters who are fast to take advantage of the
huge gaps in the outfield. In Baseball, there is more to home field advantage than just crowd noise or
weather (which in my opinion is the lamest excuse to win/lose a game).
4) There is more action in baseball than there is in football.
Are you finished sucking your teeth yet? Ok, let me explain (in my Kevin Hart voice). The good
people at the Wall Street Journal conducted an experiment where they watched 3 Baseball games
(one close game, one blow out and one slugfest) to cover all extremes and found that the average MLB
game takes 2:58 to complete from start to finish. The same people found that the average NFL game
takes 3:06 to complete from start to finish. Is that enough evidence to say that there’s more action
in baseball? No, but let me finish… While they were timing games, they were also recording “actual
action”, when the ball was actually in play. According to the WSJ experiment, the NFL average game had
11 minutes of action, where as the MLB had an average of 18 minutes of action. According to first grade
math, 18 is more than 11. If you want to read the entire article for both sports, here they are (http://
wsj.html?dsk=y) Read em and weep.
5) The 163rd game.
To break a tie in the NFL to see who goes to the playoffs, this is the procedure:
1. Head-to-head (best won-lost-tied percentage in games between the clubs).
2. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the division.
3. Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games.
4. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference.
5. Strength of victory.
6. Strength of schedule.
7. Best combined ranking among conference teams in points scored and points allowed.
8. Best combined ranking among all teams in points scored and points allowed.
9. Best net points in common games.
10. Best net points in all games.
11. Best net touchdowns in all games.
12. Coin toss (NO JOKE!!!!!)
To break a tie in the NBA to see who goes to the playoffs, this is the procedure:
|3||Record against teams in own division (if teams are in same division)|
|4||Record against teams in own conference|
|5||Record against playoff eligible teams in own conference|
To break a tie in the MLB to see who goes to the playoffs, this is the procedure:
Play the 163rd game.
That’s it. No complicated strength of schedule arguments, no record against playoff teams stuff, no
solve for X equations and definitely NO COIN TOSS (seriously, why is that even an option??) The two tied
teams play one winner take all game to see who goes to the playoffs and who goes home to help solve
the NFL’s complicated tie breaker system. So if you want your team to do battle with your hated division
rival on the field to see who goes to the playoffs, watch Baseball. If you want a coin flip to potentially
end your favorite team’s championship hopes, ride out with Football. And remember, Tails never Fails.
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