In Major League Baseball, the strike zone is the most controversial topic today. Was that a strike? Was that not a strike? The debate goes on. And, of course, a player can’t argue with the umpire about his strike zone, unless he wants an automatic early shower.
Proposed changes in Major League Baseball strike zone
First, baseball wants to increase the strike zone to above the knee caps. Second, they want to get rid of the 4 pitches on intentional walks. The reason is, obviously, to speed up the game.
Time is money
It’s all about the media and the money. Major League Baseball wants the money, and at the same time, shorten the game. Today, a family of 4 almost has to take out a bank loan to attend a game. The result is, people spend the same amount of money, and spend less time enjoying the game. You can call it smart business by Major League Baseball.
I remember attending my first Major League Baseball game in the brand new Atlanta Fulton County Stadium in 1966. The ticket prices ranged from 50 cents general admission, to $5 for dugout and club levels. Today, expect to pay an average of $110 for two people at the ballpark. Some ball parks are more expensive. At Fenway Park, two people will pay at least $150.
The game I attended was between the San Francisco Giants and the Atlanta Braves. Each team had a player now in the Hall of Fame. The Braves had Hank Aaron, and the Giants had Willie Mays. Willie was making $133 thousand a year. Aaron signed a deal in 1972 in which he made $200 thousand a year. The highest-paid player in baseball today is Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, who will make $32.8 million. That’s a very expensive strike zone.
Are you still wondering why ticket prices are so high?
Let me ask another question. How much would Willie Mays and Hank Aaron be making if they were playing today? The only answer is, they’d have to be given 50 percent of the franchise.