13 games into the season, the Cubs are 6-7. Last year, they didn't pick up their seventh loss until game 32. Certainly a striking contrast, but not reason to panic. If anything, it's validation of how unique and spectacular the 2016 team was—perhaps the greatest team in the modern era.
Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times writes about the Dodgers' challenges in connecting with fans given a lack of TV exposure. Although the Dodgers have led MLB in attendance over the past four seasons, it's difficult to engage a city like LA without games airing on TV. The $8.35 billion dollar TV deal the Dodgers signed has been great financially in the short-term, but if the cable company that markets the Dodgers-owned SportsNet LA channel can't sell it to another major cable provider in the Los Angeles area, the team could get hurt in the long-term.
Give episode 89 of our podcast a listen if you haven't already. We discuss a classic Seinfeld episode for #baseballontv, Michael Jordan's baseball career, and the possibility of a four-man outfield. Also included is an interview with the Denver Post's Kyle Newman; we get the background on his excellent feature of Rockies beer vendor Captain Earthman.