Is baseball losing its touch with slang?

Allen Barra writes about what he sees as the demise of baseball jargon in the Atlantic Monthly.

Baseball language once drew newcomers into the game. Now, it’s becoming a language that shuts many people out, one that makes them feel as if what’s happening on the field is something a little more complicated than they thought. The ultimate result is that we all end up knowing less—particularly about baseball.

I don’t buy all of Barra’s arguments but I certainly see where he’s coming from. Modern sports in general has become more “jargon-happy” in this sound byte generation. 

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