Victor Steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Thu Aug 12 22:04:34 UTC 2010

  Not only that, but MLB is a fairly recent vintage. I don't recall ever
hearing or seeing references to "MLB" prior to the late 1990s--i.e., the
"dotcom era". Checking GNA gives a very vivid graph:


To make matters worse, most of the early hits are from documents on
MLB.com. The graph for "MLB baseball" makes the point even more obvious:


Compare that distribution to "major leagues baseball" (you extend the
search range into the early 1900s):


Clearly the Google database is not exhaustive, but it provides a fairly
clear view of a cross-section of publications.

In fact, comparing NBA to MLB is also illustrative:




Clearly, there is a recent upswing in "NBA basketball" hits, but that's
largely due to 1) a similar increase in "NBA" hits, and 2) a gradual
increase in the number of digital-ready publications available to
Google. The numbers for "MLB baseball" cannot be explained in the same


On 8/12/2010 4:39 PM, Dan Goodman wrote:
> Jeff Prucher wrote:
>>> From: Dan Goodman<dsgood at IPHOUSE.COM>
>>> USA Today's tv listings of baseball broadcasts include the phrase  "MLB
>>> baseball."
>> That strikes me more as being specific about which league is being broadcast (as
>> opposed to, say, NCAA baseball) than redundant.
> MLB = Major League Baseball.    It refers to the National League and the
> American League.  Not to one specific league.
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