Games late at night are MLB's fault, not players. Kids can't even watch the beginning of games, much less the end as celebrity Joe West cried.
- 1. Before the selectively reported words of Joe West was April 1st Bloomberg Business Week report that taking pitches corresponds with high attendance. The only thing more important to Selig than money is his public perception. Late night games are a big problem but are tied to tv contracts and revenue. When a game starts at 8:20PM, shortening the game by 3 or 4 minutes isn't going to help a single kid. "The Yankees and Red Sox, who play April 4 at Boston’s Fenway Park, are slow, in part, because their hitters are patient. In 2009, both teams saw more than 1000 pitches over the league average. Selig's plan for baseball money is beefy home run hitters, taking pitches puts the game a bit out of his control.
- Last season the Yankees were first in pitches seen by their batters with 25,066,
- and the Red Sox were second with 25,005.
- The league average was 23,894 per team,
The Yankees and Red Sox also put the most runners on base last season. The Los Angeles Angels were third and the Dodgers fourth.
- Yankees spokesman Jason Zillo said in an e-mail that the team wouldn’t comment on Watson’s directive. Red Sox spokeswoman Pam Ganley said the team would have no comment."...
- 2. Joe West points less publicized: Joe West comment Wednesday, April 7, 2010:
- ""It's sad when school kids can't watch the end of the game because it ends too late.""
- The article also says of West:
- from article by Jeff Roberts, 4/8/10, North Jersey.com "Ump calls Yanks, Sox 'a disgrace to baseball'"
- there were 437 pitches thrown in that game, 215 by the Yankees, 222 by Boston.
- (In a 9 inning game May 7, 2008, Indians vs Yankees, there were only 266 pitches thrown).
- Are pitchers purposely wearing themselves out and shortening their careers? ed.
- 5. Joe West has an exclusive business deal with MLB for his umpire equipment company.
- 7. Red Sox attendance increased with rank in pitches taken.