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Old 06-10-2017, 01:42 AM
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Interleague opponents, the Yankees being in town during the week (instead of on weekends) and getting better opponents on weekends overall to help attendance have been the issues singled out to me.
Interesting stuff. I always thought the Yankees and Red Sox being here during the week was done by design to maximize drawing power on weekdays.
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Old 06-12-2017, 10:24 AM
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I guess they could either schedule an off-day for any road team after a Sunday Night Baseball appearance or schedule any series featuring a game on Sunday Night Baseball as a four-game series with a "wrap-around Monday" day game, but that probably would not help.
I don't know if that'll work since the Sunday night participants aren't necessarily written in stone - I can think of a few times where the Sox have been moved to the Sunday night game during the week.
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Old 06-12-2017, 06:25 PM
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I don't know if that'll work since the Sunday night participants aren't necessarily written in stone - I can think of a few times where the Sox have been moved to the Sunday night game during the week.
What I have always loathed about Sunday Night Baseball is its inconvenience. I used to drive from Arizona to Anaheim to see the Sox play the Angels for weekend series. I did that for about 20 years. I had to be at work Monday morning. There was no way I could do Sunday night baseball. When I lived in suburban Milwaukee, I used to drive down to Chicago for Sunday Sox games because it was pretty much my only window. I had to be at work at 5:30 a.m. the next day.

Sundays have long been days when people would come from out of town. There really is no reason to ever play baseball on Sunday night.

I haven't watched Sunday Night Baseball in more than a decade, perhaps not since the 20th century, and when I did, it certainly was a White Sox game. I am not inspired to watch two teams that are not the White Sox play on Sunday night. I might have missed a few Sox games, but I'm probably driving home from the Bay Area and wasn't around Now that there are so many games on during the week on MLB, and fans are generally watching their own teams play on Sunday afternoon.

I am a huge baseball fan and watch a lot of baseball. I find it hard to believe anyone watches Sunday night baseball unless their team is playing.
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Old 06-14-2017, 12:12 AM
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I am a huge baseball fan and watch a lot of baseball. I find it hard to believe anyone watches Sunday night baseball unless their team is playing.
Isn't it usually the most-watched game of the entire week? I'm more likely to have the Sunday night game on than any other given its time and my TV habits.
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Old 06-14-2017, 01:10 AM
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Isn't it usually the most-watched game of the entire week? I'm more likely to have the Sunday night game on than any other given its time and my TV habits.
Of course, except for Sunday nights, the baseball that MLB and ESPN shows is competing with baseball people would rather see in many markets. Really, it depends on who is playing and what city you're measuring the viewership. On the West Coast, live Sunday night baseball starts three hours earlier than the East Coast so the time is very inconvenient. There was an ABC affiliate station in El Centro, California, in the 1980s that ran Monday Night Baseball, when that was on ABC, on a delay to fit their prime-time schedule, but that didn't help because people want to see their live sports live.

The ratings for regular season baseball in generally is dwarfed by dramatic television. What is unique about Sunday night baseball is that it's the only baseball on television at the time. Most people, even most baseball fans, aren't watching it unless it's their team. For most people, especially people with families and commitments, baseball on Sunday nights that isn't your team is inconvenient.
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Old 06-16-2017, 12:31 PM
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I do think that TBS having the Sunday afternoon games in the second half of the season did take away some of the appeal of Sunday night baseball. Since it is a national audience, nothing wrong with putting the popular teams out there.
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Old 06-20-2017, 01:45 AM
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Monday night I caught a bit of the Padres radio broadcast of the Padres vs. Cubs game. The Padres broadcasters were quite livid about Rizzo taking out the Padre's catcher. In the post-game the Padre's manager didn't mince words he called it a "cheap shot" amongst other comments. Before going into diatribes about "that's how the game is played..." and "old time baseball..." remember that MLB instituted rules to protect the catcher. Rizzo clearly went out of his way to take out the catcher, who had no idea he'd be hit by Rizzo since the catcher gave him a clear lane to the plate. Rizzo would have been safe had he slid. Rizzo was called out, but not because of his dirty play but because he was out. The SD catcher had to leave the game.

Now if the Padres retaliate, their pitcher and manager will no doubt get tossed and fined. That DRB Rizzo gets to parade around like an aggrieved person.
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Old 06-20-2017, 01:56 AM
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Here is the photographic proof.

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Old 06-20-2017, 12:30 PM
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Monday night I caught a bit of the Padres radio broadcast of the Padres vs. Cubs game. The Padres broadcasters were quite livid about Rizzo taking out the Padre's catcher. In the post-game the Padre's manager didn't mince words he called it a "cheap shot" amongst other comments. Before going into diatribes about "that's how the game is played..." and "old time baseball..." remember that MLB instituted rules to protect the catcher. Rizzo clearly went out of his way to take out the catcher, who had no idea he'd be hit by Rizzo since the catcher gave him a clear lane to the plate. Rizzo would have been safe had he slid. Rizzo was called out, but not because of his dirty play but because he was out. The SD catcher had to leave the game.

Now if the Padres retaliate, their pitcher and manager will no doubt get tossed and fined. That DRB Rizzo gets to parade around like an aggrieved person.
Here's hoping that a Padres hurler takes care of "suspending" Rizzo, especially after reading Maddon's comments.
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Old 06-20-2017, 01:40 PM
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I really am not as much a Cub hater as some other Sox fans but what Maddon said was bull****. You can't watch a player injure a catcher to the point that he leaves the game and then literally say the words, "I loved it."

I never could stand Maddon with Tampa Bay and now that he's here I really can't stand him.
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Old 06-20-2017, 02:32 PM
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I really am not as much a Cub hater as some other Sox fans but what Maddon said was bull****. You can't watch a player injure a catcher to the point that he leaves the game and then literally say the words, "I loved it."

I never could stand Maddon with Tampa Bay and now that he's here I really can't stand him.
Had Rizzo made an attempt to reach HP, he may have been safe. Rizzo choose to try to score by running over the catcher and dislodging the ball. However had the SD catcher dropped the ball, I'm sure the ump would have ruled Rizzo out.

I think Rizzo's play here was illegal but I believe the only remedy would have been if the ball was dropped.

If MLB had any balls they'd suspend or fine Rizzo. But as the "Posey Rule" was set to protect a star player MLB will also protect Rizzo a star MLB player and protect Rizzo by no MLB punishment.

And for anyone reading my comments saying it's because I'm a Cubs hater, let me assure you that I'd say the same if it was a Sox player instead of Rizzo.
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Old 06-20-2017, 09:07 PM
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I'll admit I'm a Cubs hater but I'm really tired of the "genius" Maddon and his b.s.
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Old 06-21-2017, 02:38 AM
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Maddon is a senile old man who has no idea *** he's talking about. Sickens me that he got a World Series ring. You hate to see good things happen to bad people.
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Old 06-21-2017, 12:27 PM
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By the way Torre ruled it was a violation of the rule but no discipline will be forthcoming.
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Old 06-21-2017, 02:15 PM
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Maddon is a senile old man who has no idea *** he's talking about. Sickens me that he got a World Series ring. You hate to see good things happen to bad people.
Maddon's comments were Ozzie Guillen level and beyond idiotic.
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