A baseball player making a catch

As part of my series into why American sports suck ass, I’ve decided to follow up my piece on American Football with an equally vociferous piece on baseball.

A famous comedy character in Britain once referred to baseball as “silly boys’ rounders”. While that may sound a little harsh, it’s pretty accurate. According to History.com, there is a widely believed legend in America – suggesting the game as we know it today was invented by Abner Doubleday in New York. Extensive research has proved that to be a whole heap of bollocks!

Like most of the world’s greatest sports, baseball has its roots in England. The games of rounders and cricket were brought to New England by early colonists from ‘old’ England. So, just like American Football, the Brits only have themselves to blame for baseball.

Baseball sucks ass, and here are five reasons why.

5. Too many stats

 

The average game of baseball takes around three hours to complete, but the vast majority of that time involves a lot of standing around, posing and swinging at air.

In a desperate attempt to fill up a lot of dead time, a baffling range of stats were introduced in order that commentators had something to say. What is an RBI for Christ’s sake? What is XB, DP, TC, BF, BB and SAC? You know what? Who cares?

The abundance of statistics in the game suggests that there is very little action to get excited about. I watched a game in the U.S. last year, and the commentary was just one, giant acronym. 

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