Pujols should bring MLB better TV ratings

Friday, September 30, 2011

It's no surprise that many baseball fans haven't fully recovered from the 1994 labor strike, which was responsible for a shortened season, not to mention the cancellation of the World Series.

Which, by the way, the now defunct Montreal Expos had a great chance of winning.

The Expos were arguably the best team that year, with such prominent players as Larry Walker, Moises Alou, Marquis Grissom, Cliff Floyd, Ken Hill, Tim Spehr, John Wetteland and first-ballot hall of famer Pedro Martinez.

The Expos' season came to an end after 114 games, going 74-40 and in sole position of first place.

Fans, as well as apparel sales, plummeted and still haven't fully recovered.

Fast forward 17 years.

Last year the ratings for the Major League Baseball playoffs was at an all-time low.

In 2010, the ratings for the Giants/Rangers series averaged a rating of 8.4 and a share of 14. This matched the rating from 2008 between the Phillies and the Tampa Bay Rays.

According to the Associated Press, this rating was a decline of 28 percent from the previous year between the Yankees and the Phillies, which registered an 11.7 rating, and a 19 share.

Ratings equals the percentage of all homes with televisions tuned into a specific program, and shares represent the percentage of all homes with televisions in use at the same time.

Move on fans.

Baseball is still America's Pastime, whether we care to admit it or not.

Sure, football has overtaken the networks, but baseball still serves as that element that bonds fathers and sons.

You really don't hear stories about a father playing catch in the backyard with a football.

This year's playoffs should at least include some fresh faces as the Brewers and Diamondbacks will play one another on Saturday.

This is the first trip to the postseason since 2007 for the Diamondbacks.

With the thrilling victory over the Astros, and with Atlanta completing their monumental collapse ( the Braves had a 10-and-a-half game lead over the Cardinals as of Aug. 25), the Cards have a chance.

The Cards went on to win 23 of their final 32 games, while Atlanta dropped their final five games of the season.

If the final week of the season is any indication, the playoffs should be quite exciting with teams like the Rays and Cards, who earned the final two playoff spots on the final day of the season. The Cardinals will play in Philadelphia on Saturday. The time has yet to be determined.

This year there are teams that were faced with much adversity to even get a chance to play in the playoffs.

The Rays had to crawl out of a 7-0 deficit to division rival New York Yankees. Not only that, but they also needed the Red Sox to lose, AGAIN, to the Baltimore Orioles. That's right, the Orioles. With teams riding high, the playoffs should be more appealing.

With the Rays and Cards flying high, they look to carry the momentum with them to their respective series.

While this postseason may bring higher ratings, especially in the midwest, it will still compete with Monday Night Football.

The fact that Albert Pujols is back in the playoffs should make for good TV.

The playoffs need a good rating before contracts expire.

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