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25 Reasons Baseball is Better than Football

Posted on: July 15, 2009 11:31 am
 

1. Baseball players who are not on the field are in the dugout leaving the fans with a view of the game.  Football players who are not on the field are standing on the sidelines leaving the fans with a view of their backsides.
2. Baseball on the radio is far more enjoyable than football on the radio. 
3. Baseball has a statistic to analyze every aspect of the game and determine the effectiveness of the players. 
4. Baseball players are required to play offense and defense.
5. Baseball parks are characters; football stadiums are clones.
6. There are only two ballparks that use artificial turf, next year there will be one, and none in the United States. 
7. Baseball requires the leading team to give the opposition a chance to comeback.  Football allows the team to sit on the ball and run the clock out.
8. The baseball season is broken into mostly three game series.  It’s like having a micro playoff series twice a week.
9. Baseball’s playoffs are decided by a series, ensuring the better team will always prevail. 
10. Baseball is built on accuracy; if a pitch is off by the slightest amount it can cost a team the game.  Football is built on force.
11. Baseball is a game of anticipation; football is a game of instant gratification. 
12. Vin Scully.  Anybody in football come close?
13. The baseball season has two distinct acts and a short intermission in between the two.  The football season just runs together.  
14. Baseball still uses wood bats. 
15. The oldest football stadium is 52 years old.  The oldest ballpark is 97 years old.
16. Baseball has a two seam fastball, four seam fastball, splitter, changeup, curveball, slider, sinker, and knuckleball; Football has a spiral. 
17. Baseball requires runners to be within a six foot base path.  Football requires them to be within 160 feet between the sidelines.
18. Football has TV timeouts.
19. You get to keep score in baseball.
20. A baseball game can be infinite.  A football game is limited to 60 minutes.
21. In baseball once a player goes out of the game they don’t get to come back in.
22. Baseball has Take Me Out to the Ball Game.  There is no song dedicated to football.
23. When a player signs a five year contract in baseball, they do not come back the next year and demand a new contract threatening that they will hold out of spring training.
24. Baseball’s records can be retrieved from memory; football’s records need to be retrieved from an almanac.  
25.  People actually watch baseball’s All Star game.

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Since: Jun 17, 2008
Posted on: July 21, 2009 1:16 pm
 

25 Reasons Baseball is Better than Football

cju84-
I like alot of your comments on this topic. I thought you broke it down very well from your perspective! Only one topic I would completely disagree with you about. # 24! Stats are the very fabric that drives the sport of baseball! If some one was to ask who the top 3 homerun hitters of all time(career) I would be willing to bet that 60% of most Americans could name the top 3. Bonds Aaron and Ruth!  But if you asked who the top 3 rushers of all time, or the top 3 passing yardage leaders of all time were, that you would be hard pressed to get 40-50%..and that is being generous! An athelete in football is judged primarily on whether or not their team won a superbowl..Case in point Dan Marino. You can't hear his name mentioned with out the moniker, "Best QB who didn't win a superbowl. Never mind the fact that he spent his entire career with out a single 1000 yard rusher. Not one!

In baseball contrast, a player will get slammed for not doing good during the playoffs(AKA Alex Rodriguez) but not for never winning a World Series(I.E. Ernie Banks) In baseball there are 2 separate lines. The team side and the individual side. This is why baseball is America's Pastime. If your team sucks, there can still be identifiable great players on the team who have record setting years. You can have some one Bat .343 with 134 RBI-110-Runs and 38 HR, even though the team is out of the playoffs before the start of June! It happens in football as well(Drew Brees) but not as often or identifiable!

Basebal has been driven by stats since it's inception, and especially with youngsters, has been primarily identified by the stats!

As a note 8-5 is a .615 winning percentage. That is a good record by both sports judgement!



Since: May 23, 2008
Posted on: July 20, 2009 11:25 pm
 

25 Reasons Baseball is Better than Football



This is the only time baseball is better!!! HAHAHAHAHAHA Molina got canned!!



Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: July 20, 2009 4:39 pm
 

I disagree with "25 reasons"

1. Baseball players who are not on the field are in the dugout leaving the fans with a view of the game.  Football players who are not on the field are standing on the sidelines leaving the fans with a view of their backsides.I actually agree with this and really have no argument.  (Baseball 1, Football 0)

2. Baseball on the radio is far more enjoyable than football on the radio. 
While I agree, this is totally your opinion and I'm not sure the majority of people would agree. (Baseball 1, Football 0)

3. Baseball has a statistic to analyze every aspect of the game and determine the effectiveness of the players. 
I agree with this statement only because non-skilled positions in football go much more unnoticed, although there are many stats kept for each position.  (Baseball 2, Football 0)

4. Baseball players are required to play offense and defense.This is true when discussing the National League.  Sorry DH, you ruin this sentence for the AL.  (Baseball 2, Football 0)


5. Baseball parks are characters; football stadiums are clones.
I don't agree with this.  Sure the field dimensions are the same, but your point suggests the stadium as a whole (Baseball 2, Football 0)


6. There are only two ballparks that use artificial turf, next year there will be one, and none in the United States.  I don't see how this has anything to do with baseball being better than football.  (Baseball 2, Football 0)


7. Baseball requires the leading team to give the opposition a chance to comeback.  Football allows the team to sit on the ball and run the clock out.I 100% Disagree with this statement here.  Football doesn't allow the opposing team to comeback? Huh? There is a thing called "defense" where you have to "make a play(s)" to get the ball back.  3 outs in baseball, 4 downs in football.  You also have timeouts in football to prevent "running the clock out."  The pure idiocy of this comment gives a point to football (Baseball 2, Football 0)

8. The baseball season is broken into mostly three game series.  It’s like having a micro playoff series twice a week.True.  (Baseball 3, Football 1)

9. Baseball’s playoffs are decided by a series, ensuring the better team will always prevail.  I disagree with this.  Every playoff team can put a string of 3-4 games in a row together and win.  Take last years Cubs getting swept by the Dodgers in the playoffs.  (Baseball 3, Football 1)

10. Baseball is built on accuracy; if a pitch is off by the slightest amount it can cost a team the game.  Football is built on force.I'm pretty sure the quarterback has to be pretty "accurate" in both his reads and passes.  If a pass is off by the slightest amount in can cost a team the game.  I.E. Warners interception to Harrison just before halftime.  14 point swing - def. cost them the game.  I think football wins here.  (Baseball 3, Football 2)

11. Baseball is a game of anticipation; football is a game of instant gratification.  Again, I don't see how football isn't a game of anticipation as much as baseball is.  Both defenses have no idea where the ball/play is going to go.  There is a reason why NFL teams spend hours a week watching film - in order to anticipate.  I'll say this ties.  (Baseball 3, Football 2)

12. Vin Scully.  Anybody in football come close?Agree.  (Baseball 4, Football 2)

13. The baseball season has two distinct acts and a short intermission in between the two.  The football season just runs together.  
I would argue that this is why football is better (although the time off between regular games is about the same - 4-7 days).  (Baseball 4, football 3)

14. Baseball still uses wood bats.  This doesn't compare at all to football, nor can I see it as a way to justify how baseball is better (Baseball 4, football 3)


15. The oldest football stadium is 52 years old.  The oldest ballpark is 97 years old.I will agree with this as I'm a fan of the history.  (Baseball 5, football 3)... although, this is subject to change once the fields are replaced.


16. Baseball has a two seam fastball, four seam fastball, splitter, changeup, curveball, slider, sinker, and knuckleball; Football has a spiral. 
And a beautiful spiral it is.  You can never appreciate too much a perfect spiral.  I'm saying tie here (Baseball 5, Football 3).


17. Baseball requires runners to be within a six foot base path.  Football requires them to be within 160 feet between the sidelines.Not sure how this translate to baseball being better/cooler.  (Baseball 5, Football 3)

18. Football has TV timeouts.
100% agree here (Baseball 6, Football 3)

19. You get to keep score in baseball.Unless you are braindamaged, you can keep track of stats in football as well.  (Baseball 6, Football 3)


20. A baseball game can be infinite.  A football game is limited to 60 minutes.Huh?  A baseball can be infinite?  No, it can't be.  A football game isn't necessarily limited to 60 minutes either.  I see what point you're trying to make, but its a pretty weak argument to justify one sport being better.


21. In baseball once a player goes out of the game they don’t get to come back in.I would think that this makes football better.  (Baseball 6, Football 4)


22. Baseball has Take Me Out to the Ball Game.  There is no song dedicated to football.
Agree. (Baseball 7, Football 4)
23. When a player signs a five year contract in baseball, they do not come back the next year and demand a new contract threatening that they will hold out of spring training.Well, yes, that is true, but the contracts are def. not structured the same way baseball is.  Baseball's structure is a joke and guarantees their money no matter what (some is incentive based).  You have guys like Barry Zito out there receiving obscene amounts of money and doing nothing for their team - except killing their payroll and chances to bring in more talent.  Football contracts win.  (Baseball 7, football 5)


24. Baseball’s records can be retrieved from memory; football’s records need to be retrieved from an almanac.  
This is just stupid and obviously not true.  Tie.  (Baseball 7 , Football 5)


25.  People actually watch baseball’s All Star game. True, more than football.  (Baseball 8, Football 5).



Most of these arguments are pretty far fetched and very debatable.  I could probably come up with 50 reasons of why football is better than baseball.  Of course all are opinions.




Since: Jun 20, 2007
Posted on: July 20, 2009 11:55 am
 

25 Reasons Baseball is Better than Football

One thing football has over baseball is the tailgating experience.   That is 90% of the fun of seeing a football game live.  



Since: Mar 25, 2009
Posted on: July 20, 2009 9:42 am
 

25 Reasons Baseball is Better than Football

good job breaking down the article, the only comment i can make to add to it is on the artificial turf, in baseball money isnt an issue when it comes to their grounds, have you ever tried to field a ground ball off of turf?  i have and it isnt easy, the ball comes at you faster, and is more likely to take odd bounces than it would off of natural grass, i tip my hat to all the infielders in toronto that has to deal with turf on the infield



Since: Jun 17, 2008
Posted on: July 20, 2009 9:31 am
 

25 Reasons Baseball is Better than Football

yogib8,

I am a huge baseball fan! Huge fan! But even I admit that Brians Song is one of the top 3 all time movies where it is not embarassing for a guy to cry! 1. Brians Song
      
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sp;     3. Lou Gerhig's Luckiest Man Farewell Speech(Yes I know it is not a movie, but....)

I do agree with the whole list though and the cool thing yogib8 is that you had to go back to 1977 to come up with an example! Football is Amerca's game, but Baseball is America's pastime! It's baseball that a father and a son go out in the back yard to play some catch, or practice hitting. Baseball is where generations of families can get together and talk about the game, where the differences are so menial from generation to generation. Yes I know that Baseball has the steroid scandel, but if anyone is foolish enough to think that steroids and HGH are not rampant in football, then they are either extremely naive or just flat out in denial!



Since: May 23, 2008
Posted on: July 19, 2009 8:42 pm
 

25 Reasons Baseball is Better than Football

Are you comparing pro on pro, or Pro college? I prefer college, so I'm basing my thoughts and opinions off of that. I know each has thier own opinion, and the football caught my eye, just a few thoughts:

1. Baseball players who are not on the field are in the dugout leaving the fans with a view of the game.  Football players who are not on the field are standing on the sidelines leaving the fans with a view of their backsides.
How are you going to get over a hundred people under ground? Plus Football atadiums have the first row elevated above the players. What about the coaching and signals, how would those be taken care of? The pitcher and catcher take care of that.
  
3. Baseball has a statistic to analyze every aspect of the game and determine the effectiveness of the players.Hadn't thought of that, very good observation.

4. Baseball players are required to play offense and defense.
Baseball players use more energy running to and from the dugout. Every once in while you get an offensive crazy game. Baseball is nowhere near the phsyical demand of football. Plus there have been offense and defense players. Charles Woodson.

5. Baseball parks are characters; football stadiums are clones.
All stadiums are different. The Big House is different than Rice Eccles. Coors is different than Yankee Stadium.

7. Baseball requires the leading team to give the opposition a chance to comeback.  Football allows the team to sit on the ball and run the clock out.
Isn't this up to your team to stop the other team before the time runs out? Aren't nine innings equivilant of 60 mins.?

11. Baseball is a game of anticipation; football is a game of instant gratification.What about Rivalry weekend? Before last year the BYU-Utah game was decided on the last play for the previous three years. Every play you hope for a huge play or a monsterous hit. How is this instant gratification?
 
14. Baseball still uses wood bats.I'm sorry, but this one doesn't work. Do you want football players to start using a bat to get the ball a place to score?

15. The oldest football stadium is 52 years old.  The oldest ballpark is 97 years old.
This just means in 20 years those baseball stadiums will be remodeled, and the football stadiums will be done in 70 years.
 
17. Baseball requires runners to be within a six foot base path.  Football requires them to be within 160 feet between the sidelines.
Wouldn't it be more fair to compare where the out of bound boundries are?

18. Football has TV timeouts.
This is why I call it boringball. Ten minutes you have a pitch. Ten minutes another. Ten Minutes another. Every three outs is a twenty minute wait. Baseball is slow. What are the half inning pauses for? Aren't they tv timeouts?

20. A baseball game can be infinite.  A football game is limited to 60 minutes.
Overtime in football. Its not as likely cause scoring is easier, but it can be infinite.

21. In baseball once a player goes out of the game they don’t get to come back in.
Typically that means they have been hurt or for safety. Pitchers are typically taken out to save their arm. How is that different than a football player being taken out for an injury that will threaten thier playing career?

22. Baseball has Take Me Out to the Ball Game.  There is no song dedicated to football.
All of baseball shares the same song. Football has thier own fight songs. But a national song, no you're correct. Adam Sandler does have a song dedicated to a kicker.

23. When a player signs a five year contract in baseball, they do not come back the next year and demand a new contract threatening that they will hold out of spring training.What about all of those strikes in the nineties?

24. Baseball’s records can be retrieved from memory; football’s records need to be retrieved from an almanac.
Why not? Only the truely dedicated will remember any sports' records. I'll bet that any football fanatic can remember football records just like a baseball fanatic 

25.  People actually watch baseball’s All Star game.
Extremely valid




Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: July 19, 2009 2:43 pm
 

25 Reasons Baseball is Better than Football

this is a great great article. everything is so true theres no whinning in baseball unless your name is milton bradley. this is why i love americas past time. keep preechin man love it



Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: July 19, 2009 2:19 pm
 

25 Reasons Baseball is Better than Football

Baseball has asians and jews, an asian or jew playing football will be a dead asian or jew.Dat Nguyen, one-half of Hines Ward, one-half of Will Demps, Jr, Kailee Wong, one-half of Johnnie Morton, Eugene Chung, one-half of Teddy Bruschi ... all pretty tough dudes. Not dead. Still alive.



Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: July 19, 2009 2:13 pm
 

25 Reasons Baseball is Better than Football

Nice blog. Instead of picking every one apart as I almost always feel the need to do, I will instead add one. 162 games... and still every one of them counts. Just ask the Twins and the WHite Sox last year if you don't think they do.How about if we ask the Royals, A's, Padres, Nationals, etc etc if all of their 162 games count.

Haven't run the numbers, but I'm sure it's safe to assume that a greater % of NFL's overall games across all teams are much more meaningful than baseball.


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