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Tuesday, October 3

WTF - Baseball in the UK

Stumbled upon this link whilst looking at BBC.co.uk. It looks like the MLB is trying to "grow the sport" in the UK. We learn that baseball is the "world's best attended sports league". That's a bit dubious. Seems they are counting 186 games * avg attendance = x while footie would be 36 games * avg attendance. That really says a lot. From the website it looks like there are actual teams playing in the UK. Hope this is on par with netball. Simon, WTF! http://www.baseballsoftballuk.com/gen_insert.php?from_section=MLB&this_page=mlbabout&headline=About+Major+League+Baseball&filename=mlb_about.txt

8 Comments:

  • This is quite intriguing. I dotn begrudge them for trying to grow the sport abroad but it will never be on a level comparable with soccer. Love how they make up these numbers - i read the other day that Nascar was the second most watched sport in the world????? Baseball is just dull - i like it in October, sort of but otherwise, its a dull minimal contact sport that is hard to watch on telly. Very hard.

    By Blogger Simon Burke, at 4:34 PM  

  • Anybody been reading the Kevin Nolan column? My god its painful, painful stuff:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/5401826.stm

    By Blogger TheBusbyBoy, at 6:14 PM  

  • To make this more interesting, he should write about 20K a week players becoming boracic due to their card schools or how everyone enjoyed roasting some bird they picked up in the club. Writing about Gary Speed being a better golfer is dull.

    On a dull note, I thought Spain was within the Schengen zone. The only players that need passports are non European. Wonder if Nolan knows that.

    By Blogger Chris P, at 6:33 PM  

  • Baseball is horrible. It's boring. The fans are stupid. The players are all on steroids and only a handful can be considered athletes. The sport is made "romantic" in terms of American historical significance by glowing writers who, for the most part, never even played the game. The same sportswriters who clamor over a 1-0 gem of a pitching performance are the ones who attack soccer for being low-scoring. I hate it and I've always hated it. I never understood the fascination since, like golf, there's about two minutes of actual activity (other than pitchers and catchers, positions I actually respect) in four hours of play. Barry Bonds put on 35 pounds of muscle after the age of 33...never been done in the HISTORY of sports...enough said. The best part is that, like so many other sports, the USA is no longer the best at it!

    By Blogger George Cuddy, at 7:01 PM  

  • Chris - I don't think Ireland and the UK are Schengen countries. So if you are travelling from one of those countries to Spain for example then I think you still need a passport. Not 100% sure on that though.

    Not sure how many of the Bolton squad would qualify even if they were though.

    By Blogger TheBusbyBoy, at 7:45 PM  

  • Correct. UK and Ireland not a Schengen state.

    By Blogger gooner71, at 10:34 PM  

  • Yeah, you're right. Checked the website. What's bizarre is that I once walked off the airplane from from the UK and walked right out of the airport in Austria. Bizarre.

    GAC, you must have been reading the Bob Ryan column from the other day where he stated the US has now been bested in every sport the US plays except for American football. I'm sure that made you happy.

    By Blogger Chris P, at 7:34 AM  

  • x number of countries played in, x number of leagues, surely?

    By Blogger Rich Hughes, at 4:19 PM  

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