There is nothing wrong with Major League Baseball. The PROBLEM is that our society, advertisers, the "money machine" is currently pushing "meism," "grandstanding," overly aggressive on court behaviors by players of other sports, violence, major Egoism of players of other sports. It has become all about the "star," you know, the one who can make the hoop or shove his opponent hardest...and then run around, pounding his chest, acting like a total ignorant idiot. Blatant self promotion, boasting, 'in your face' attitudes pervade many of the "in" sports right now..basketball, football...wrestling! GIVE ME a BREAK!!
Baseball is a game of strategy, intelligence, planning, actual 'team' work and cooperation to get the job done. This sport discourages the huge heads that other sports seem to not only encourage but promote.
Baseball is a "gentleman's sport," in that there is respect for the opponent, and no major grandstanding every time a play is successfully made (one, btw, which the players are supposed to know how to execute and which are EXPECTED of the players; that's what they're getting paid to do!) In basketball, football the players, when completing a play, act as if they've done something miraculous...laughable! That's what I say.
I don't know where the idea that baseball is not as popular as it once was or compared to other sports...let's see...the season runs from Spring Training in the beginning of March, to the Fall Classic which ends the end of Oct., beginning of Nov. In most ballparks, the crowds fill the stands day after day. Imagine that...! How many teams over how many months...and the fans keep coming. That's a hell of a lot of bodies filling dozens and dozens of stadiums over a very long time...not like Football that lasts a few months and has ONE actual play off game...not like basket ball which can accomodate way less patronage...so, hmmmmmm..how is it that speculation says baseball doesn't "draw the crowds?" Give me a break!
Baseball is a respectable sport...And, if you understand the plays, the pitches, the methods and the manager's signals (to a degree) then there is no way to become bored watching baseball. Like the game of chess or a good game of cards; one must use one's intelligence, not just adrenalin. Baseball is a thinking man's sport...not an "act/react" "wanna kill the guy nest to ya' " kind of sport.
Anyone who does not understand statistics, strategy, team work; ie: cerebral activity rather than dumbed down physical violence; 'pounding on the opponent,' well..you'll never get it.