Bill Finley (If Baseball Can Change, So Can the Triple Crown, TDN, Tuesday, May 16, 2023) has hit the nail on the head. As one who was and now is again a baseball fan, I agree that baseball’s changes have been dramatic and effective. Some traditions are great, but when traditions are barriers to one’s existence they need to be rethought.
The truth is that only our sport’s diehards would even know the difference if we spread our Triple Crown races out a month apart. The reality is that the general public or the occasional follower couldn’t care less whether we changed the timing or not. We are arrogant to think that such a change would make a difference to the point of decreasing interest. On the contrary, at this point in our sport’s history, any tradition that decreases the quality of our product and therefore discourages general public interest needs to be abandoned. We no longer have the luxury of being stubborn.
John Phillips, Darby Dan Farm