The league joins the 'highly political NBA,' which has turned off a large portion of its audience and seen ratings suffer as a result.
According to Breitbart:
Sunday, baseball's flagship primetime night, has been particularly bad. As Sports Media Watch reports, last Weekend's edition of Sunday Night Baseball was down 30 percent over last year.
The site reported that the "Braves-Phillies earned a 0.8 and 1.20 million on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball (including ESPN2 Statcast coverage) — down 30% in ratings and 33% in viewership from week five of last season (5/5/19: Cardinals-Cubs: 1.1, 1.81M), but up a tick and 2% respectively from last year's comparable date (9/1/19 Mets-Phillies: 0.7, 1.19M).
Saturday wasn't much better - with Sports Media Watch reporting that "FOX averaged a 0.9 rating and 1.36 million viewers for regional Major League Baseball last Saturday afternoon (Braves-Phillies or Indians-Cardinals), marking its smallest MLB audience in two years."