Yes I feel the same way you do- sports are being sullied by many things- money affecting the game itself (pitchers limited by innings and pitch counts due to fear over injury which hurts the investment), more playoff teams which makes regular season games less meaningful, and drags the seasons out longer than they should be, these new rule changes that alters or limits strategy (the 3 batter minimum), limited emphasis on “small ball” and manufacturing runs (the universal DH will likely mean no more bunting), and other things that will affect the escapism when I watch a gameI heard a couple more things in a news report today.
Players are being urged not to spit this season.
And pitchers will be allowed wet rags in their back pocket so they don't have to lick their fingers to get them wet.
I am really doubting that I'm going to be watching.
I know I won't ever return to the NBA or NFL. But I've had little interest in those leagues in recent years anyway. But this is baseball. But MLB seems intent on screwing up the game. Real leadership is needed in the commissioner's office, but the owners an players are intent on having their way and without an independent commissioner, their interests will end up ruining the game.
So while I am expecting to stay away from this shortened season, it's...baseball. And I'm having a hard time thinking I'll have a strong enough will to ignore it.
(the current climate of today’s society). I have to admit I haven’t missed baseball as much as I expected.