Why Baseball Is The Best
Why is baseball the “best”? From the mind of an experienced fan, I can help explain.
Baseball is an incredible sport with a simple premise – whack a ball with a stick. That’s it right? Far from it, of course. Add in all the rules, different kinds of pitches, different types of bats, types of swings, and player roles, and you’ve got the makings of a great American national pastime that has seen incredible popularity over its ~150 year existence. 2019 is the 150th anniversary of professional baseball teams, so clearly the sport has longevity. In fact, now the best players can make over $20 million or $30 million dollars per year! This demonstrates the popularity of baseball, and part of reason why baseball is the best!
Baseball is unique compared to many other sports in that it doesn’t have a clock. There isn’t a set time limit for the gameplay, which can lead to a more natural flow. It also leads to less manufactured chaos at the end of games, allowing for a more natural conclusion to games that go into extra innings.
Another interesting fact about Major League Baseball in particular is that there is no salary cap. Just like how there is no time limit to the games, there is no limit to how much money each professional team can spend on its players when fielding a team. This can lead to some teams dominating huge markets like New York City and Los Angeles, but the sport has remarkable parity despite the lack of a salary cap. By that I mean the number of repeat or consistent championships. Since the start of this millennium, no team has won the World Series two years in a row. Some teams have come close, and the San Francisco Giants had a dynasty of sorts from 2010-2014 when they won 3 World Series titles in a 5 year span. However, compare that to the NFL and NBA. Tom Brady’s Patriots seem to make or win the Super Bowl every year, while the Golden State Warriors have been doing the same in basketball. Both of those pro leagues have salary caps, yet baseball has more parity lately. Certainly an interesting topic to think about!
Do you agree with my reasons for why baseball is the best? Please leave a comment below – I’d love to hear your take! 😀
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