Talk:Baseball in the United States

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Citation for the MLB wealth comment? I'm fairly certain that the MLB is not the richest professional league in the world. Within the US alone, the NFL is far richer, I believe, and a lot more popular.

I think the intended meaning is that baseball players generally make the most money of all four major professional team sports. Daniel Case (talk) 15:32, 26 March 2013 (UTC)

Baseball in the United States#International[edit]

Is discussion of the World Baseball Classic really germane to an article about Baseball in the United States? -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 05:57, 20 February 2016 (UTC)

Yeah, adding an International section to this article seems to run counter to its purpose. I suppose the World Baseball Classic could be briefly mentioned in the "Outside the United States" section, but that's all the space I would give it. PerryPlanet (talk) 13:27, 20 February 2016 (UTC)

Length of the rules section[edit]

Guys, the rules section is just supposed to provide enough overview for a visitor to understand what's happening on the field. Do we really need to get into official terminology and events that occur just a few times a season? Powers (talk) 19:38, 3 April 2016 (UTC)

It's not very long, and I think it's good, so while we don't "really need" to get into this, I support it. Ikan Kekek (talk) 21:41, 3 April 2016 (UTC)
Well, the section is considerably shorter now. I cut out almost a full paragraph after LtPowers' comment above, and I think it reads a lot better now. PerryPlanet (talk) 00:50, 4 April 2016 (UTC)

Getting to a ballpark without a car[edit]

Correct me if I am wrong on that (and I probably am), but my perception is that most ballparks tend to be more downtown than e.g. NFL stadiums and hence the chance of a good public transit connection existing is a bit higher. Is that true? If so, should it be mentioned in this article? Hobbitschuster (talk) 19:51, 3 April 2016 (UTC)

The simple answer is: it depends. While there is definitely a higher likelihood of a ballpark being more downtown than an NFL stadium, given the sheer size of most NFL stadiums, there are plenty of MLB ballparks that are located far from any downtown surrounded by parking lots. Examples that come to mind are the stadiums for the Angels, the Dodgers, the Royals, the White Sox, the A's, the Mets, the Rangers, the Rays, the Phillies... I think the Braves' new ballpark is going to be way out in the suburbs too. At any rate, given the range of conditions, I think its a question best left to the individual city guides. PerryPlanet (talk) 20:52, 3 April 2016 (UTC)

What makes Mike Trout "the game's best player"?[edit]

I am no Baseball expert by any stretch of the imagination, but is there any way in which a consensus on who is the "best player" in the game could be determined? I know a bit about soccer, handball and American Football. In the former two "best" is an inherently subjective category. In the latter, there are some statistical indicators, but it would be silly to try to compare the best statistical Quarterback in NFL history (Peyton Manning by almost all ways you could measure it) with a world class kicker, defense player or even wide receiver. Also, there are still people who make (to me not entirely convincing) arguments that statistics are meaningless and only championships should count. At any rate, should we make such a claim? I think not. But if there is some way in which Mike Trout is unquestionably the best (tm), we might mention that specific measure. Hobbitschuster (talk) 00:48, 8 January 2017 (UTC)

Mike Trout is certainly a great player, but I think he's a bit overrated; plus, he's been around for a little while now, so he's starting to get a bit long in the tooth. But beyond any of this, I think it's good practice to avoid mentioning specific current players in the context of a travel guide, since all that is readily subject to change. Not only do players regularly get traded, but it only takes one bad injury or one lousy season to sink a player's reputation. PerryPlanet (talk) 04:18, 8 January 2017 (UTC)

Angels of Anaheim[edit]

I think there was a clause in their stadium lease or something of the sort that specifies that "Anaheim" has to be part of their offical name. If this is (still) the case I think it might be worth mentioning as a Trivia fact. Hobbitschuster (talk) 08:59, 19 December 2017 (UTC)

Softball[edit]

I was wondering if we should add anything about softball here, since women's professional baseball is not very popular, and it's typically softball that is played by women on a professional level. I'm not familiar with either sport, but it looks similar to baseball though unlike in baseball, a softball pitch is underarm. What does everyone think? The dog2 (talk) 19:20, 25 June 2018 (UTC)