Ironically, it’s all those things that make baseball great! Baseball is a goofy, numbers-heavy sport with quirky fields, surfaces, dimensions. And it is baseball that led the way with goofy characters and commercialization (is that a word?) and sponsorship decades ago.
Corked bats, spit balls, outta shape guys dominating, then steroid-laden guys dominating, umpires ruining games, Steinbrener…the Yankees, etc.
Make it fair, homegenized and buttoned-down and what’s left – some guy walking to first after four balls? BAH!
It’s baseball when the guy walks to first after the umpire called a fourth ball because the catcher tried to upstage the ump. And then, when the color commentator tells you he is the first player to be born in flight over the Atlantic to draw a walk on four pitches from a pitcher who was born in Maine, now you have BASEBALL!
When he reaches home on a doule up the left field line that takes a funny bounce over the warm up mound, then it is really baseball.