For those that think baseball is over because of….

1. Free Agency
2. Expansion
3. Designated Hitter
4. Endless pitching changes
5. The Home Run
6. Bigger gloves
7. The decline of the stolen base
8. Interleague play
9. Integration
10. Additional Levels of Postseason Play
11. Moneyball
12. Closers
13) No More Complete Games
14) Sabermetrics
15) Arbitration
16) New York Yankees
17) Small Markets can’t compete
18) High salaries

Okay…okay, I’ll stop….did I miss any? Today’s quote is from The Cincinnati Gazette, from sometime back in 1879:

“The baseball mania has run its course. It has no future as a professional endeavor.”—The Cincinnati Gazette—1879

The more things change, the more they stay the same….

Source was the book “The Wisdom of Old-Time Baseball” compiled and edited by Criswell Freeman.