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No sporting entity is less considerate of its fans and less respectful of the integrity of the game than Major League Baseball.

Early April starting dates are absurd when it comes to the northern cities. The weather is often brutal. Injuries become a major concern. But that's the way it goes so that MLB can extract maximum dollars out of those who support it by eliminating the need to schedule doubleheaders, which were the treat of all treats during my youth.

The weather turns for the worse again by the time the World Series rolls around. Starting times are left to the discretion of the TV partner in order to squeeze every last nickel out of the broadcast agreement.  And yet those like Bud Selig, baseball's $14.5 million commissioner, can't seem to understand why more and more people are being turned off by the game.

---Bob DiCesare

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