- What has happened? Why have television ratings for baseball’s All-Star Game suffered such a terrible drop in audience through the years? Ratings have taken a dive, one of a terrible magnitude. (numbers from the Baseball Almanac). The big leagues have lost its swagger.
- In the old days, most players had to work each winter to feed their families.
- Announcers themselves are now tired. John Sterling, 84, might have caught a nap one-doubleheader day, insisting in his 80s, on doing two full games. I can recall when Howard Cosell did Mets’ pre and post game shows on WABC Radio in 1962 and ’63. He rocked Manager Casey Stengel for actually snoozing in the dugout. The Ol’ Professor was already in his 70s. If it were the digital age already, owner Joan Payson would have had to fire him. Social media would have made a subject of it.
- There have been tricks including two ASGs in one season, (1959-62). Both scheduled for the daytime, The men who presided over the broadcasts were Mel Allen, Curt Gowdy, Vin Scully, Russ Hodges and Joe Garagiola.
- Outfielders keep their gloves on the field between innings through 1954.
- In the 20th century, we had our first president who was a bigger basketball fan than baseball, Barak Obama.
- The game is now unrecognizable. Relief pitchers start and starters close. The whole thing sounds like a misnomer.
- The seeds of cable in the early 80s weakened the command of the over-the-air networks. The legacy of the then dominant telecasts are now, no more than just a memory of the past. America has became a speedier nation. Football now rules the roost in sports. John Madden made the game one of competition and entertainment on TV. The NBA introduced Julius Erving, Kareem, Bird, Magic and then a fellow named Jordan. Meanwhile, baseball continues to flutter.
- Then there were the labor stoppages and in the 90s and a World Series cancellation.
- Fewer Black players. Younger athletes turned to football and basketball.
- Cruel are the games that take forever. Oh, and for $25 you’ll get a bag of popcorn and a paper cup of Coke, filled mostly with ice.
- More talk of analytics and fewer profiles of foreign ballplayers, about whom, we know little.
- Slow Joe Davis makes many yawn. His debut on Tuesday night hardly sparkled Another one who sounds like he’s presiding over a soporific.
- The World Series is conventionally slipping into November.
- In 2002, the All-Star Game ended in a tied game as declared by Commissioner Bud Selig because arms for both clubs were fading. So the game was ended after 11 innings.
- You can bitch and moan but as long as the ballplayers make the big bucks, the grass will be lush and the cash still green.
- If the money continues to flood its way through the pipeline of advertisers. the networks, teams and leagues will collect every last penny.
- In Seattle next summer, will the ASG break the low barrier, and be blown out of town? A rating below a 1.0? I doubt it.
- Loyalty to a hosting All-Star city? Not sure. What ever came of Atlanta? Lots of hilly downtown but no magnificent mountains. Why was it moved to Denver? No answers. A rush to political judgment?
- How did baseball get into this mess? Adults 18-49 is the age cell that advertisers covet most. They earn the most and reach deeper into their pockets to consume, more than any other cells.
2022-FOX- 4.2 -(what we have now)