FaulteredBeast so I’ve watched this and I think I lack the context to see what’s going on here. having watched that video, I see a player who was exceptional in highschool, then mediocre to poor to injured for 10 straight years in a professional capacity (right?) who has then had two good seasons. Granted I only know what some of the acronyms mean, and I don’t have a context for “good” vs “bad” numbers within those acronyms but is it that he’s simply the best at both pitching and hitting, and so it’s worth buying the one guy instead of two who are individually good at hitting and pitching? Is it that he can do both and so it’s a good exciting gimmick for marketing reasons?
As a separate question, where does the money to pay baseball players come from these days? ticket sales are dismal, you rarely see more than a scattered group of people in the stands for games. is it licensing deals somehow? is it legacy coffers? is it tv broadcast rights (which surely also must be going down)? I’m surprised a team would have half a billion dollars to give anybody.
[update: I just looked up the numbers and they’re better than I thought but even the top-attended team is taking in maybe 14m in sales https://www.espn.com/mlb/attendance]
穴 I’m surprised and pleased to see this site is still going! she must be in her mid 20s by now :o