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It had everything. Outstanding individual achievements. Down-to-the-wire drama in the Wild Card races. And a splendid seven-game World Series, in which the St. Louis Cardinals seemed to set nightly records for refusal to give up no matter how dire their circumstances.
It was terrific.
"I've had a lot of people, including a lot of owners, say that to me," Selig said in an interview with MLB.com. "The comments are usually along the lines of 'Wow, what a season," or 'It was wonderful.'"
"When I think about where we were in 1992," Selig says, "who would have thought that the grand old game could have had 21 years of labor peace?
"I was reminded of that when we had the conference call with the owners to ratify the CBA. It was so smooth. The owners were happy, they were pleased. There was a deal that dealt with our problems. It was fair and equitable. The vote was 30-0. The whole thing took a matter of minutes."
I didn't see it. Sure, the fall of the Sox may have contributed to my view of 2011, but interest around the league continues to decrease. Selig knows interest in baseball is diminishing and small market teams are getting killed. If he doesn't, he has one terrible case of denial.
I didn't care about the World Series and everyone else outside of Texas and Missouri felt the same. The Cards and Rangers attracted one of the lowest TV ratings for a World Series, and this was a success? It wouldn't have been much better if you inserted most other teams around the league. Aside from the Red Sox, Yankees, Cubs, where the following is national, people just don't care.
Selig attributes the new CBA to the success and avoiding any type of situation that we saw with the NBA and NFL. I'll give him that one, but that's it. Baseball needs to do something to re-gain the interest. Speeding up the game has been an issue over the years and 4 1/2 hour Sox/Yankees games have resulted in sleep deprivation. I don't think there will be a fix for that in the near future, or many other changes to increase interest. Selig doesn't have many fans, and he will not be the guy that will bring this game back to the top.