Jim, can you imagine the poor baseball fans that have to watch 162 games and then the olayoffs, ending in the World Series to figure out who the best team is? If MLB really wants to fix the game, shorten the season. There is no reason to play that many games except to see who can survive playing 25 games a month or more. Even hockey and NBA seem long at 82 games plus post season. Not really a huge NFL fan, but I will always root for the Browns, but they have it figured out. 16 games plus playoffs. Even better would be like English Premier League soccer as well as all other countries top flight leagues: play every team twice, best record after 38 games is the best team. Quite simple, really, if not also a longish season
The number of MLB games is part of why baseball is an accessible sport and tickets can be had for games for less than $20. If the number of games were cut then owners would raise ticket prices and cut out a lot of fans. If major league seasons are reduced then the minor league seasons would be reduced as well and the same price increase would occur. That would dry up a lot of the minor league teams situated in rural areas where people aren't going to pay $20/ticket for an AA team when they can see the local high school play for free.
Also, the number of MLB games have a near religious meaning within baseball. I don't think they could change it even if fans were willing to absorb ticket increases.