Baseball is not a sport.
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Sorry Fans, Baseball is Not a Sport

We wanted to wait until baseball season was in the rearview mirror before publishing this article in an attempt to minimize the blow-back.

BY Melissa Webber
Dec.02,2019 / UPDATED ON FEB.28,2020

I come from a baseball-loving family, so I put myself at considerable physical and emotional risk by saying this.

 Baseball is not a sport.

 

Sure, there’re arguments on both sides, but after a closer look, it’s become as obvious as the giant tobacco bulge between your cheek and gum. Baseball is a game, a past time, a form of entertainment, but not a sport.

 

Here’s why: You don’t have to be an athlete to play it. You can be old, over-weight and out of shape and still do a good enough job to garner a million-dollar contract. (I say that with envy.)

 

To be a sport, baseball players must qualify as athletes. Well, are baseball players athletes? No, they are not. In a 2013 study done by the University of Southern California in Los Angeles a wide array of experts in the field including exercise physiologists and high-level athletic trainers were surveyed to see who was considered the fittest athletes in sports, based on this definition: An athlete must possess cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength and endurance, balance, power, flexibility, agility and physical skills, here’s what they found:

 

Decathletes, boxers, tennis players, and Mixed Martial Arts practitioners were among the top-ranked athletes, followed in fourth place by“skill position” pro football players (meaning running backs, wide receivers, and cornerbacks) and then basketball players in fifth. Next in line were hockey players, then soccer.

 

Big shocker: Pro golfers and baseball players didn’t even make the list. Exercise physiologist Dr. Jeffrey A. Potteiger put it this way “You could be a very good baseball player but not necessarily be a good athlete.”

 

Between the curse words that are no doubt machine-gunning from your lips, you’re saying that “There are immense skill and precision in baseball!” Yes, there is! Like in chess, darts, poker, and UNO. But nobody calls them a sport.

 

On the surface, it holds great promise. The stadium, the crowds, even the uniforms mislead us, with their stretchy fabric, and menacing cleats.The outfit screams, “Shit’s about to get real!” But then, it never does. You can stand an entire and game, not have a ball hit to you. Since you only bat once every nine players, you may not get up to bat either. Just three hours of advanced standing around. (Which is why you can play two baseball games in one day.)

 

Some consider baseball to be roughly equivalent to the elevator music of sports. It’s reminiscent of a sport but makes you hunger for the real thing. Others concede there are moments of excitement, likening baseball to the work of air traffic controllers or emergency medical professionals: long periods of doing nothing interrupted by moments of sheer panic. Either way, still not a sport.

  

Goodbye, my baseball-loving family, we had a nice long run.

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KjuhhjSEP.07,2020
You're an idiot. How can you say baseball is not a sport? First: Baseball players must be in excellent shape and physical condition to play at a top level. Yes, anyone can play it no matter how fat, slow or without skills they are, but just for fun and not as professionals (it occurs in other sports like soccer and basketball, anyone can play them, but not everyone can play with Messi or in the NBA). Second: You must not know how hard it is to pitch a baseball inside the strike zone and how hard it is to hit a +95 mph fastball 400 or more feet away. It requires a hard combination of strength, skills, technique, years of training and practice, good reaction with all parts of the body, discipline and many more abilities. Third: You must dominate both sides of the game to be a good player (batting and defense). And of course, you need to be good with the baserunning too. And let's not forget the fact about being a pitcher (especially when there is no designated hitter). Fourth: It couldn't have been an Olympic sport if it weren't a sport!!! Logic. Fifth and fun fact: Chess is considered a sport too! Dumb woman.
wafflehimselfSEP.10,2020
dude it says dance is a fucking sport and so is cheer wtf



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