FIXING BASEBALL Economist Jonathan Halket offered a three point plan to fix baseball at the Hardball Times last week. I'll happily endorse the removal of public financing from stadiums. Ending that measure of corporate welfare is an obvious fix. However, relegation strikes me as an obvious failure of imagination.
Baseball doesn't have a problem with competition, it has a problem with competency. The Rays have the worst stadium in baseball, they have revenues that would make even the most miserly owner pucker in fear. And yet in the last three seasons they have made the playoffs twice and got all the way to the World Series. If they can compete, in the same division as the Red Sox and Yankees spending two and three times what they can in the most generous of circumstances, then any team can and should. Baseball has a problem of competence, not competition.no comments
RAISE A GLASS TO RING IN THE NEW YEAR Let us toast JC Bradbury as he departs from blogging
And as an added bonus, let us toast Jonah Keri at the end of his eleven and a half year run at IBD.
Thanks to both for many great reads over the years and may their work continue to enjoy a prominent place in baseball and economic circles.no comments
THE FUTURE DOMAIN OF HOBBYISTS TJIC is absolutely right. Eventually photog snobs will sniff that Kodachrome was always preferable to digital for clarity of images, much like music snobs sniffed about vinyl in the nineties. Nothing sells like nostalgia, the familiar feel of what once ours when once we were young. It's why the Wii gets plenty of Super Mario Brothers downloads, and why you can still get a Sega Genesis on Amazon.no comments