Published 10:54 pm ET November 7, 2018
CARLSBAD, California (AP) – The agent of the free agent Bryce Harper and many of the major baseball players claim that reconstruction teams have become a "competitive cancer" that caused the 4% drop in attendance in this season.
While sports officials begin to consider possible changes to the rules to trigger offense and accelerate the game, Scott Boras acutely criticized several clubs that were among the 17 to draw fewer fans this year compared to the # 1; last.
Boras pointed out that the Louisiana State baseball team had a higher average attendance for their 37 home games than the Miami Marlins for their 81 – 10.786 to 10.04.
"Florida fans have certainly brought MIA to Miami," he said Wednesday in a courtyard outside the general managers' meetings.
He claimed that "the divisional clubs come to Minnesota, it has become so bad that only one of the Twins shows up".
And he criticized Toronto Blue Jays, which had the biggest drop in the major championships this year, rising from 878,000 fans to 2.33 million.
"They lost almost a third of their fan base because of the blue influence of not bringing interesting players that fans find interesting for their market," he said.
Boras has an interest in encouraging spending, wanting fewer clubs to abandon veterans to young people and more by distributing lucrative contracts – especially to its customers.
Major League Baseball's average attendance dropped to 28,830, the lowest since 2003 after 14 consecutive seasons, exceeding 30,000, and six ballparks have reached historic lows. Boras has linked the drop to non-competitive clubs: there were three teams with 100 losses for the second time since 1985 and the first since four in 2002. And there were eight teams with 95 losses for the first time in the history of the great league.
"The reality is that they are losing their fan base, and it costs millions and millions of dollars to rebuild the fan base," he said.
Boras is looking for a record deal for Harper, on top of the $ 325 million midfielder Giancarlo Stanton, a 13-year contract in 2027 achieved with the Miami Marlins, who ceded him to the New York Yankees last December. It seemed that Boras had tried his zingas as a stand-up comedian.
"He certainly started Harper's bazaar," he said. "It's in fashion, it's historical, it's elite, it's global, certainly, and it certainly has inspirations about big shoes and big hair".
Washington made an offer at the end of the season before Harper became an exceptionally young free agent of 26 years. Director General of the Nationals Mike Rizzo said that Harper did not respond.
"He will do his business and do our business," Rizzo said. "We have drafted, signed, developed and turned into one of the best players in the league with our uniform".
While GMs meet and agents, formal sessions deal with the mechanisms of this sport, and Commissioner Rob Manfred and his staff are concerned about the fall in crime and the increase in strikeouts. The average of the great league joke dropped seven points to 0.284, the lowest since 1972 – the last season before the American League adopted the designated hitter.
Strikeouts set a record for the eleventh consecutive year and won for the first time in the history of the great league.
"I think fans like the ball at play a little more," said Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein. "I take advantage of the efforts of MLB to think about how to direct the game towards the most compelling product for the fans: if this involves the ball more in play, then you will find some subtle ways to influence it."
Los Angeles General Manager Angels, Billy Eppler, does not believe changes are necessary.
"I think we should embrace it, I do not think we should beat it," he said. "Why do people hit harder? Probably because pitchers throw around 3 1/2 miles at the hardest time seven years ago." People are improving with the ball that breaks. play – decide where you want to throw a baseball and train for particular hitters. "
Since many teams rotate their back-ends with their Triple-A teams to get more depth for each game, the initial pitches for starters dropped to 5.36 from 5.51 last year and 5.89 in 2012, and breeders per team per match climbed to 3.4 from 3.2 last year and 3.0 in 2012. Tampa Bay started experimenting with a relief launcher an "open" instead of a traditional starter, a move adopted by Oakland and Milwaukee also in the playoffs.
A broader discussion is likely when the owners meet next week in Atlanta and the players' association seems open to considering at least the changes – a marked change from its almost constant rejection in recent years. But first MLB must formulate what it wants to propose, a process that will probably extend to the next month's winter meetings in Las Vegas and perhaps in January.
"We live at a time when we expect answers very quickly, and I think we have to remember that in baseball history there have been many different eras, many baseball styles that have been played," said Chicago journalist Matt Klentak. "It occurs a & # 39; was dead, and then the teams start adjusting their behavior, and suddenly they make more shots at home, then the teams adjust, and the speed and defense take over game and then the teams try to exploit all the PITCHf / x data and TrackMan data.The game will naturally be able to flow and reflect you, to a certain extent we must have patience with the game and let it evolve naturally.
Sports writer AP Bernie Wilson contributed to this report.
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