What's the biggest issue facing Major League Baseball today?
Whittier College political science professor Mike McBride offered his take in WalletHub’s article, “2019’s Best Baseball Cities.”
"Trying to find ways to shorten game times," McBride said.
The online magazine consulted Whittier’s own baseball expert and asked him to weigh in on the challenges facing baseball today, his opinions on the World Series, advice for enjoying ball games on a budget, and more.
Over decades of watching and studying the sport, McBride has become a seasoned baseball enthusiast. Although he considers himself a traditionalist when it comes to the classic American game, he’s open to the accessibility that new technology allows baseball viewers, and encourages budget-conscious fans to enjoy games on TV.
Read more about his thoughts in the experts section of the article.
McBride is a co-director of Whittier College’s Institute for Baseball Studies—the first humanities-based research center of its kind associated with a U.S. college or university. He is also a founder of the Poet softball team and a founding member of the Whittier College Fantasy Baseball League.
McBride continues to work as a commissioner and statistician for the league, which he discusses in the article. He also keeps his passion for the sport alive by assistant coaching the softball team, and teaching unique courses like Baseball in Literature and Film.
Written by Ariel Horton '21