Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred has the undesirable task of trying to make the sport more appealing to younger audiences and a decreasing fanbase. His latest idea to make the game more interesting is a radical change to the postseason format seemingly intended to make the playoffs more TV-friendly and reality TV-like.
On Wednesday’s WISE Sports Radio baseball segment, Pat Ryan and I discuss Manfred’s proposal, the Boston Red Sox naming a new manager, and 36-year-old pitcher Cole Hamels developing a shoulder injury.
The new postseason format could have some intriguing effects on the game, so maybe it has to be seen in practice, rather than theory. But making a regular season that’s too long less valuable feels like the wrong way to go.
Thanks to WISE Sports Radio for allowing me to post this on my site, along with Mars Hill University (which sponsors the stream), host Pat Ryan, and Vistanet for sponsoring my MLB segment.