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Couch: Baseball’s Big Problem Is This Many Ks Is Not OK

Things develop slowly in a baseball season. Trends emerge over days, weeks. You can’t draw conclusions from any one moment. And each individual game is like a season in miniature, developing slowly. One pitch at a time. You hold your breath waiting for something to happen. Baseball may be measured in patience, but I don’t have enough of it for this. Nobody does. I can only hold my breath so long. Baseball is just so boring, and it’s only getting worse. Just look at this past weekend. You can see that baseball has now gone past its tipping point. The game is almost unwatchable. On Sunday, Cleveland pitcher Shane Bieber struck out 13 batters to become the first pitcher with at least 10 strikeouts in each of his first four starts to a season. Strikeouts used to be thrilling. Now, they’re just more time that the ball isn’t in play. It’s all home runs or strikeouts, and nothing in between except long, boring expanses of time and space. Nothing is happening, but the games are taking longer and longer, stretching well past three hours. The New York Yankees were supposed to be the best team in the American League this […]

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Written by Greg Couch

Greg earned the 2007 Peter Lisagor Award as the best sports columnist in the Chicagoland area for his work with the Chicago Sun-Times, where he started as a college football writer in 1997 before becoming a general columnist in 2003. He also won a Lisagor in 2016 for his commentary in RollingStone.com and The Guardian.

Couch penned articles and columns for CNN.com/Bleacher Report, AOL Fanhouse, and The Sporting News and contributed as a writer and on-air analyst for FoxSports.com and Fox Sports 1 TV. In his journalistic roles, Couch has covered the grandest stages of tennis from Wimbledon to the Olympics, among numerous national and international sporting spectacles. He also won first place awards from the U.S. Tennis Writers Association for his event coverage and column writing on the sport in 2010.