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Essentially, there are a large number of games in a Major League Baseball season for three reasons:

  1. the sport does not cause much wear for bodies since the playing arenas are relatively soft and even when grassed the rooting density is likely to be low. There is also relatively little physical wear caused by contact with the ground since even outfielders seldom have to leap to take a ball. Pitchers, who consistently hit the plate hard when pitching, experience most wear and therefore play less than other fieldsmen
  2. there needs to be a large number of matches to determine which teams are best since one match of nine innings can be strongly influenced by luck due to a slight miss which can turn a strike into a ball or cause a runner to reach base. As an illustrative comparison, one game of Australian Rules football reveals as much skill as fourteen Baseball games, so that if MLB played only 20 games as most Australian football leagues do, it would be very easy for a bad team to come out on top
  3. because baseball, with its small ball and long hits, does not play as well on television as gridiron football or Basketball, a greater number of matches are needed to gain the required revenue from attendances.
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