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Breathing old life into baseball

Breathing old life into baseball

The stories are everywhere: baseball's a dying game. American kids don't play it anymore, and the hard-core fans like me are on Social Security. L.A.'s Mike Trout is the best player around, but he could walk down the street almost anywhere and not be recognized. And on and on.

Well, I remember folks in the early 1960s saying that baseball was a goner, and the game's done pretty well since then.

Baseball is no longer the dominant sport in the country, of course, nor is it the national pastime (staring at electronic devices is). But when the average big leaguer is making $4 million a year and the value of major league franchises keeps going up, reports of baseball's demise...