When referring to professional football or basketball media types use the terms National Football League (NFL) or the National Basketball Association (NBA). But for baseball, they never use Major League Baseball (MLB). MLB has become synonymous with the game itself, despite it being aberrant. Baseball is a game of hitting, fielding and base running, not the pitching dominant bore that MLB has devolved into.
The essence of baseball is best represented by slow pitch softball, which I am guessing is played by far more Americans than hardball. This is similar to most regular people playing touch football and half court basketball.
MLB, Inc. is a business that represents franchise owners and its corresponding players association. MLB is NOT baseball. Media people should finally realize that and act accordingly. That is why I use the term MLB in my posts here when I am referring to the professional organization it represents.