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Change baseball? That’s nonsense

October 27th, 2011

U.S. Senators want to ban the use of chewing tobacco in  Major League Baseball. The New York Times recently penned a story proposing the idea of getting rid of dugout phones in the MLB. Instant replay is something that is slowly creeping into the sport of baseball as well.

Here’s my question: Why are we changing the world’s most perfect game? Baseball is America’s pastime, a simple game with a complex interior. It’s a game that has origins dating back to the mid-18th century and has been one of the most popular and prevalent sports in all of America over the course of the last century.

So why are people suddenly trying to change it? Sure, Major League Baseball is far from a perfect league, but baseball is a perfect sport. I can see why some fans may want the current 162-game regular season shortened. I can also see why  some people would want instant replay in baseball too. That doesn’t mean I agree with these ideas, but I understand the support for them.

But let us ask ourselves this: Are these changes necessary? The answer is no.

Getting rid of bullpen phones because it could help the MLB profit even more so? That’s  a phony reason. The MLB is a billion dollar business. Sacrificing one of the most genuine facets of the game to gain a couple of bucks seems like a pretty lousy idea.

Wanting to ban tobacco use in baseball because it influences young kids poorly? That’s what parents are for, folks. I’ve seen numerous horror movies, but I’m not running around with a blade in hand. Life is all about the choices you make and no one else. Just you.

Adding instant replay in baseball? I can empathize with the argument for instant replay, but despite being young, I’m old school when it comes to baseball. Players have lived without replay for over a century, and that won’t change anytime soon either.

At this current rate, with everyone fretting to change what is already a perfect game, the game of baseball won’t even be recognizable in 20 years. Rather than having everyone and their mother impose their will on America’s pastime, why don’t we appreciate what we have in front of us? You don’t have to love or even like the sport of baseball. Not everyone does, and that’s fine. That’s how life is. There is, however, one thing that I do ask of you: appreciate the game of baseball. It’s a timeless sport that’s been around for over roughly two centuries. Unless we hault the attempts at changing baseball, we won’t recognize it in the future.

 

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