report in CNN Money the United States ranks in the bottom third of 90 countries on income inequality. Canada, Western Europe and Australia rank in the top third. As much of the political discourse has been about creating jobs and how that can be accomplished the fact remains that middle income purchasing power is still the main driver of the economy and not tax policy. Middle income wages being in decline tell the story of our economic stagnation.
While enjoying the Orioles dominating the American League East this year I can't help but hate the effect that batting gloves have had on the slowing down of the game. Do all the players have to adjust the Velcro on their gloves after every pitch???? This must add 20 to 30 minutes to the game time. This seems to be mostly an issue at the Major League level. Having attended many Minor League games this doesn't seem to be the same problem there. If I could make a rule change I would only let the batters leave the batters box once in each at bat. Lets see the batters adjust their batting gloves when the pitchers can pitch the ball at them.
While I am onto criticizing Major League idiosyncrasies I think it is time that ballplayers stop being allowed to chew tobacco in the Major Leagues. I can only imagine what the floors of the the dugouts look like.